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The 400 Blows [PG]

Runtime: 97 mins

Distributor: Artificial Eye

Truffaut's first feature, about a 13 year old's bleak odyssey through family life and reform school, ending in an escape whose precarious permanence is questioned by the final frozen image of the boy's face as he reaches the sea. The central character of Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) would reappear in many of Truffaut’s later films and would come to define Leaud’s onscreen persona. Of huge influence upon later films from many parts of the world, THE 400 BLOWS remains a fresh and vivid evocation of childhood as well as a love letter from the director to the world of movies. Much admired by established and new directors alike, the film retains its seminal importance in the history of cinema.


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