Director/co-writer François Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), The 400 Blows sensitively recreates the trials of Truffaut's own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. The film marks Truffaut's passage from leading critic of the French New Wave to his emergence as one of Europe's most brilliant auteurs. (Fully subtitled)

Director:

François Truffaut

Cast:

Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Patrick Auffray, Georges Flamant, Yvonne Claudie, Robert Beauvais

MPAA Rating:

NR

Run Time:

1hr 39mins

Release Year:

1959

Country Of Origin:

France