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THE 400 BLOWS

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Director: François Truffaut Run Time: 99 min. Release Year: 1959 Language: French

Starring: Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Georges Flamant, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.

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