The 400 Blows
Original title: Les quatre cents coups
Director: François Truffaut
Scriptwriters: François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy
Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Patrick Auffay, Robert Beauvais
Produced by: Les Films du Carrosse, Sedif Productions
Original French version with Italian subtitles, DCP supplied by MK2 (film restored in 2004).
The film describes the “lack of empathy” of the family members and teachers of Antoine, a boy surrounded by superficial and unemotional people with whom he cannot identify. Both Antoine and his mother search inside themselves for confirmation of their individual values, something they do not get from the world around them: Antoine because he has no reference figures, and his mother because she is self-centered. The cinema, a funfair and a puppet theater offer Antoine and his friend short periods of escape from a world that for them is both a real and metaphorical prison (Antoine even gets locked up in a reform school). Antoine thus attempts to reconstruct his existence himself and to make a run for freedom.