The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)

Miami Beach Cinematheque. May 14th, 2008. 8:30 p.m.  Miami Beach Cinematheque. Miami FilmThe film The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) will be screened on May 14th, 2009 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque at 8:30 p.m. Directed by French François Truffaut in 1959, the film features Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Marier and Albert Rémy.

François Truffaut's first feature, The 400 Blows, is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's life-long cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. The film marks Truffaut's passage from leading critic of the French New Wave to his emergence as one of Europe's most brilliant auteurs.

The film won the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival and New York Film Critics, Best Foreign Language Film. According to Annette Insdorf, “François Truffaut's first feature, The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups), was more than a semi-autobiographical film; it was also an elaboration of what the French New Wave directors would embrace as the caméra-stylo (camera-as-pen) whose écriture (writing style) could express the filmmaker as personally as a novelist's pen".

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