Francois Truffaut's first feature was this 1959 portrait of Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), a boy who turns to petty crime in the face of neglect at home and hard times at a reform school. Somewhat autobiographical for its director, the film helped usher in the heady spirit of the French New Wave, and introduced the Doinel character, who became a fixture in Truffaut's movies over the years. Poignant, exhilarating, and fun (there's a parade of cameo appearances from some of the essential icons and directors from the movement), this film is an important classic. --Tom Keogh
High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. Two audio commentaries, one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by Franc¸ois Truffaut’s lifelong friend Robert Lachenay. Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Le´aud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan. Newsreel footage of Le´aud at Cannes in 1959. Excerpt from a 1965 French television program in which Truffaut discusses his youth, his critical writing, and the origins of Antoine Doinel. Television interview with Truffaut from 1960 about the global reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical impression of the film, trailer, PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf. --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.
Package arrived a little damage, but that's not what I'm reviewing. Wonderful film in a wonderful little package.Published 7 days ago by Seth R.
I like the feeling, wasn't as great as I had heard, but good if you're into filmsPublished 3 months ago by Canuck
I've spent decades avoiding THE 400 BLOWS, afraid it was either dark and brooding, or a documentation of child abuse (physical and/or emotional), or an angry and vindictive assault... Read morePublished on May 11 2004 by Steven Hellerstedt
I don't mind slow movies, but this movie is slow + boring and 100% predictable. In my opinion, it's terrible.Published on March 11 2004 by Rafael Jimenez
This is a review for the Criterion Collection version.
This is a great film and Truffaut based it loosely on his childhood. It's populatity also spawned numerous sequels. Read more
Antoine Doinel lives in a family where the parents are preoccupied with their own existence and therefore parental supervision is lacking. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2004 by Swederunner
Adolescence is a difficult time for any child. It does not matter where you grow up or in what era. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003 by Steven Y.
I just saw this recently, and it is one of the best films I've seen in a very long time. Beautifully photographed, written, and directed. Read morePublished on July 1 2003