The 400 Blows

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Francois Truffaut's groundbreaking French New Wave classic has already received two DVD releases. Both feature pristine letterboxed transfers worthy of the first French film shot in the widescreen format. The only thing that really separates them are different audio commentary tracks, with The Criterion Collection also offering a separate shot-by-shot analysis of the film. This Fox edition of The 400 Blows features a string of trailers from movies throughout Truffaut's career and audio commentary by Premiere ...
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Francois Truffaut's groundbreaking French New Wave classic has already received two DVD releases. Both feature pristine letterboxed transfers worthy of the first French film shot in the widescreen format. The only thing that really separates them are different audio commentary tracks, with The Criterion Collection also offering a separate shot-by-shot analysis of the film. This Fox edition of The 400 Blows features a string of trailers from movies throughout Truffaut's career and audio commentary by Premiere magazine's Glenn Kenny. Kenny's commentary starts off a little shaky, but quickly gathers steam as he gives the viewer thorough background information on the making of the film, its global effect on cinema, the French New Wave movement, and Truffaut himself. The 400 Blows is a highly autobiographical film, and Kenny highlights Truffaut's unsentimental, clear-eyed handling of difficult, often painful material. Besides offering one of history's greatest films in its original widescreen aspect ratio, this Fox edition will be of great interest to filmmakers, students, and historians.
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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Dedicating the film to his mentor André Bazin, 27-year-old critic-turned-director François Truffaut put his critical views into practice in his debut feature, The 400 Blows (1959). Unlike the French "Tradition of Quality" literary adaptations that he reviled, Truffaut looked to his own childhood for the source of Antoine Doinel's delinquent exploits in The 400 Blows, evoking Jean Vigo's Zero for Conduct (1933). Inspired by the stylistics of favorites like Orson Welles and Jean Renoir, Truffaut's moving camera and long takes, combined with location shooting and natural sound, lent Antoine's tribulations a fresh, fluid immediacy that caught critics' and audiences' attention. His innovative final freeze-frame suspending Antoine in an indeterminate future spawned numerous imitations. The Cannes Film Festival gave The 400 Blows the Best Director prize one year after banning Truffaut for his critical harshness; the New York Film Critics' Circle awarded it Best Foreign Film. Released the same year as Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour and Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless, The 400 Blows' international success helped put Truffaut at the forefront of the nascent French New Wave. He would continue Antoine Doinel's story in three more features, Stolen Kisses (1968), Bed and Board (1970), Love on the Run (1979), and one short, Antoine and Colette (1962).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/1999
  • UPC: 720917507828
  • Original Release: 1959
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Black & White
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean-Pierre Léaud Antoine Doinel
Robert Beauvais School Director
Claire Maurier Mme. Doinel
Albert Remy M. Doinel
Guy Decomble The French Teacher
Patrick Auffay Rene Bigey
Claude Mansard Examining Magistrate
Serge Moati Boy
Marius Laurey Police Clerk
François Truffaut Man in Funfair
Folco Jacques Monod Commissioner
Pierre Repp The English Teacher
Jeanne Moreau Woman with Dog
Henri Virlojeux Night Watchman
Christian Brocard Man with Typewriter
Yvonne Claudie Mme Bigey
Jean-Claude Brialy Man in street
Luc Andrieux Gym Teacher
Richard Kanayan Abbou
Georges Flament M. Bigey
Renaud Fontanarosa Boy
Daniel Couturier Boy
Jean Douchet The lover
Jacques Demy Policeman
Technical Credits
François Truffaut Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jean Constantin Score Composer
Philippe de Broca Asst. Director
Henri Decaë Cinematographer
Bernard Evein Art Director
Marcel Moussy Screenwriter
Marie-Josephe Yoyotte Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening [15:22]
2. Antoine's Home Life [15:15]
3. The Excuse [13:05]
4. Eurkea! I Found It [3:45]
5. The Big Plan [16:44]
6. Behind Bars [12:57]
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Side #1 --
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   Scene Access
   Production Credits
   Filmographies & Awards
      François Truffaut
         Filmography
         Awards
      Jean-Pierre Léaud
         Filmography
         Awards
      Claire Maurier
      Albert Rémy
      Guy Decomble
   Trailers
      The 400 Blows
      Jules and Jim
      Two English Girls
      The Last Metro
      The Woman Next Door
      Confidentially Yours
      Stolen Kisses
      Soft Skin
      Bed & Board
      Love On the Run
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      Audio Commentary Produced by Kim Rubin and Cindy Banach: On
      Audio Commentary Produced by Kim Rubin and Cindy Banach: Off
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      Subtitles: On
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Brilliant Debut

    This was the first film from the late famed French director Francios Truffaut. It tells the story of a 14-year old boy who unwittingly becomes a delinquent from school and who runs away from home to escape from his constantly bickering parents. Jean-Pierre Leaud is the boy in question and he gives a remarkable and believable performance and even up to that infamous final shot, leaves you breathless as you feel for this poor boy and what he's struggling through with in life. Highly recommended for all film fans to have in their permanent collections.

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    International Cinema At It's Finest...

    I just viewed 400 Blows and was taken back by the quality of work; Performances, Cinematography, Direction, and overall Story. This film isn't like any other film of its time. A few years before the release of the International Breakthrough Classic "La Dolce Vita," this film has as much style and taste as Fellini's milestone. In my mind, the visual setting of Paris is astounding and beautifully shot to the point where the Cinematography shots stand even against todays standards and gives a real true feeling of the real Paris, just like Fellini did with Rome in "La Dolce Vita," but I think that "400 Blows" gives a more intimate portrait of Paris. The story is one that touches the soul and anybody whose ever had a little bad luck growing up, with school or family or even friends will symphathize with the character. It seems that Leaud's character is a good boy who has a strew of bad luck. The story really makes you feel for the character. Overall, I was highly impressed and I now have to buy the DVD. This is definitely a landmark film and anybody who is a Film Buff will enjoy this feature as if it were a contemporary film.

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