Essential Art House, Vol. 2

Overview

For his feature-film debut, critic-turned-director François Truffaut drew inspiration from his own troubled childhood. The 400 Blows stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, Truffaut's preteen alter ego. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher Guy Decomble, Antoine frequently runs away from both places. The boy finally quits school after being accused of plagiarism by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his father Albert Remy to finance his plans to leave ...
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Overview

For his feature-film debut, critic-turned-director François Truffaut drew inspiration from his own troubled childhood. The 400 Blows stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, Truffaut's preteen alter ego. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher Guy Decomble, Antoine frequently runs away from both places. The boy finally quits school after being accused of plagiarism by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his father Albert Remy to finance his plans to leave home. The father angrily turns Antoine over to the police, who lock the boy up with hardened criminals. A psychiatrist at a delinquency center probes Antoine's unhappiness, which he reveals in a fragmented series of monologues. Originally intended as a 20-minute short, The 400 Blows was expanded into a feature when Truffaut decided to elaborate on his self-analysis. For the benefit of Truffaut's fellow film buffs, The 400 Blows is full of brief references to favorite directors, notably Truffaut's then-idol Jean Vigo. The film won the 1959 Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, even though Truffaut had been declared persona non grata the year before for his inflammatory comments about the festival's commercialism.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 715515043014
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English, Portugais, Japanese, Français, Italiano
  • Time: 11:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,428

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Orpheus
1. Opening Credits [3:48]
2. Eurydice Arrives [3:31]
3. Streetcar Pickup [5:40]
4. One Thousand Years of Love? [5:14]
5. Serafina's Visitor [3:49]
6. Kisses on Account [3:05]
7. "Orpheus Is My Master" [8:39]
8. Death in a Costume [15:20]
9. Houses in Heaven [5:58]
10. Sunrise Serenade [3:35]
11. Identical Cousins [7:02]
12. Cardinal Unravels [10:07]
13. The Serpent's Bite [5:33]
14. Ambulance Chaser [6:49]
15. The Descent [12:14]
16. Dionysian Onslaught [4:34]
17. A New Day [2:17]
Disc #2 -- The 400 Blows
1. No Recess [5:02]
2. Indicative, Conditional, Subjunctive [5:06]
3. Latchkey Kid [4:49]
4. Mother and Father [4:05]
5. Matinee [5:00]
6. Stolen Kiss [6:30]
7. Maximum Punishment [4:54]
8. Food and Shelter [5:53]
9. Pampered [4:35]
10. Smaller and Smaller [1:31]
11. For Balzac [3:36]
12. Momentary Happiness [1:45]
13. Suspended [7:07]
14. Up to No Good [4:12]
15. Childhood Magic [1:45]
16. Heist [5:50]
17. "We've Tried Everything" [4:08]
18. Behind Bars [7:07]
19. Negotiation [1:14]
20. Juvenile Detention [3:44]
21. Psychological Questioning [3:40]
22. Visitors [2:20]
23. Antione Runs Away [5:17]
Disc #3 -- Ikiru
1. Credits [2:06]
2. The Main Character [4:11]
3. Runaround [3:53]
4. An Unusual Absence [1:29]
5. Amateur Prognosis [3:12]
6. Professional Prognosis [3:08]
7. Home [4:08]
8. Memories [8:01]
9. Whereabouts Unknown [2:42]
10. A Sympathetic Ear [9:43]
11. Night on the Town [14:51]
12. Thirty Years for What? [9:30]
13. An Afternoon Together [3:57]
14. Unwrapping the Mummy [4:47]
15. Father and Son Confrontation [3:31]
16. One Last Date With Tokyo [10:26]
17. A New Purpose [2:14]
18. Questioning Watanabe's Death [4:15]
19. A Matter of Credit [4:21]
20. Respects Paid [2:19]
21. Making Sense of Watanabe [29:38]
22. The Policeman's Story [7:07]
23. Business As Usual [1:24]
24. Watanabe's Legacy [1:40]
Disc #4 -- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
1. Prologue, 1942: "War Starts at Midnight" [5:40]
2. "A Date With Mata Hari" [4:41]
3. General Clive Candy [3:55]
4. London, 1902: A Letter From Berlin [9:00]
5. Miss Hunter [3:08]
6. The German Café [5:23]
7. Enter Herr Kaunitz [6:06]
8. "Is This Fight Really Necessary?" [6:37]
9. The Duel [7:44]
10. The Nursing Home [4:33]
11. "Very Much" [6:30]
12. Friends, Yes or No? [7:43]
13. Candy's Bittersweet Return [4:13]
14. Visiting Aunt Margaret [4:17]
15. World War I: At the Front [9:22]
16. A Striking Resemblance [4:02]
17. "Right Is Might After All" [3:28]
18. A Nuptial Announcement [4:41]
19. London, 1919: Home, Sweet Home [3:09]
20. Theo, Prisoner of War [4:21]
21. A Surprise Guest [8:54]
22. "What Will I Do If I Don't Hum?" [2:36]
23. London, 1939: Theo, the Enemy Alien [9:00]
24. "I Never Got Over It" [5:24]
25. One Girl Out of Seven Hundred [2:54]
26. The BBC: "A Little Ill-Timed" [3:38]
27. A Letter From the War Office [7:59]
28. Britain's First Line of Defense [3:32]
29. London, 1942: "War Starts at Midnight" [5:19]
30. Epilogue/End Credits [5:08]
Disc #5 -- Pygmalion
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:07]
2. "I'm a Good Girl, I Am!" [6:54]
3. "I Could Pass You Off As the Queen of Sheba" [5:15]
4. "I Want to Be a Lady" [8:22]
5. "You Have to Be Very Particular" [4:34]
6. "I'm One of the Undeserving Poor" [7:43]
7. Eliza's Lessons [2:50]
8. Eliza Takes Tea [9:30]
9. Higgins's Crash Course [4:52]
10. At the Embassy Ball [4:04]
11. A Hungarian Princess [6:54]
12. "There Are Your Slippers-and There!" [10:31]
13. "Kiss Me Again!" [3:27]
14. "Middle-Class Morality Claims Its Victim" [8:30]
15. Eliza Speaks Her Mind [7:20]
16. "Where the Devil Are My Slippers, Eliza?" [2:28]
Disc #6 -- La Strada
1. Logos/Opening Credits [2:12]
2. Ten Thousand Lire [4:18]
3. The Strongman [1:14]
4. Tools of the Trade [4:17]
5. Di Costanzo, Gelsomina [2:05]
6. Farce [2:30]
7. Lamb and Veal [5:16]
8. Waiting [4:02]
9. Tomatoes [2:10]
10. The Wedding Party [5:33]
11. Deeee-Dee-Dee-De-Dee [3:59]
12. Processions [3:17]
13. A Hundred and Twenty-Five in the Air [2:34]
14. "Get-In!" [2:28]
15. Roman Circus [3:28]
16. Circo Giraffa [5:48]
17. "A Very Sad Song" [5:45]
18. The Pebble [9:19]
19. The Jail [4:15]
20. The Convent [3:59]
21. "Do You Like Me a Little?" [4:54]
22. Flat Tire, Broken Watch [4:38]
23. "The Fool Is Hurt" [3:27]
24. "It's Cold" [6:27]
25. Circo Medini [5:05]
26. Zampanò's Song [5:00]
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