François Truffaut's THE 400 BLOWS
Friday, September 23 – Thursday, October 6
Directed by François Truffaut
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Guy Decomble, Jeanne Moreau (cameo)
New 4K DCP Restoration. Approx 99 min.
Growing up is tough for Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Antoine Doinel, especially when he gets caught plagiarizing Balzac, perpetually plays hooky, spots his mother with another man, and gets nabbed for stealing a typewriter and sent to reform school. One of the most stunning directorial debuts in film history, Truffaut’s autobiographical first feature — and first worldwide smash of the Nouvelle Vague — garnered him Best Director at Cannes and the Best Foreign Film award from the New York critics. As Antoine never quite grew up (as witnessed in four sequels made over 20 years; see below), he remained the character closest to Truffaut’s heart.
“A directing debut that still astonishes. Moviemaking hasn’t been the same since. One of the most impressive debuts in film history. THE 400 BLOWS created a sensation at
the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and elsewhere. A landmark film.”
– J. Hoberman, The New York Times
“It is a triumph. Simply perfect.”
— David Shipman
“I have never been so deeply moved by a picture.”
— Jean Cocteau
“A masterpiece of modern cinema.”
— Jean-Luc Godard