A child out of wedlock! Both parents working! No wonder the child ends up where he does!
young peter sellers
over 2 years
My favorite film of all time. I beg everyone I know to watch it.
almost 3 years
very artsy and very french, watch if you have the patience.
Important to film history, but tough to get through.
over 4 years
A lovely, timeless film...
over 5 years
The Smile on the face, when asked about sex.. Rewatchability to the power of infinity.
almost 6 years
Meandering but still aptly captures the spirit of a troubled childhood.
Nothing else captures the many facets of childhood quite as honestly as this film.
The 400 Blows (French: Les Quatre Cents Coups) is a 1959 French film directed by François Truffaut. One of the defining films of the French New Wave, it displays many of the characteristic traits of the movement. The story revolves around Antoine Doinel, an ordinary adolescent in Paris, who is thought by his parents and teachers to be a trouble maker. The film had a total of 3,642,981 admissions in France, making it Truffaut's most successful film to date in his home country.
The English title is a straight translation of the French but misses its meaning, as the French title refers to the expression "faire les quatre cents coups", which means "to raise hell". On the first American prints, subtitler and dubber Noelle Gilmore gave the film the title Wild Oats, but the distributor did not like that title and reverted it to The 400 Blows, which led some to think the film covered the topic of corporal punishment.
Antoine Doinel is a boy growing up in France during the early 1950s. The...