The 400 Blows was the movie that, along with Breathless, literally kick-started the audacious and revolutionary Nouvelle Vague (the French New Wave) film movement. Like his equally celebrated contemporaries (Goddard, Chabrol et al), Francois Truffaut, a former film critic at Cashiers Du Cinema, left his desk job and entered cinema’s pantheon of legends with his seminal debut feature. This semi-autobiographical tale (drawn heavily from the life of the filmmaker) chronicles the troubled adolescence of Antoine Doinel, a rebellious and perennially misunderstood teenager with equally troubled parents, who prefers freedom and cinema over discipline and school-life. The lyrical storytelling, a nostalgic look at lost innocence and enduring friendship, and a poetic depiction of the city of
Note: My recent review of the film can be found here.
Director: Francois Truffaut
Genre: Drama/Urban Drama/Coming-of-Age/Buddy Film