Hour: 9:30PM

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

France, 1959

93’, b/w

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.