The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows French Les Quatre Cents Coups is a 1959 French drama film, the debut by director Franois Truffaut it stars JeanPierre Laud, Albert Rmy, and Claire Maurier. One of the defining films of the French New Wave, it displays many of the characteristic traits of the movement. Written by Truffaut and Marcel Moussy, the film is about Antoine Doinel, a misunderstood adolescent in Paris who is thought by his parents and teachers to be a troublemaker. Filmed on location in Paris and Honfleur, it is the first in a series of five films in which Laud plays the semiautobiographical character.

Antoine Doinel JeanPierre Laud is a young boy growing up in Paris during the early 1950s. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher Guy Decomble, Antoine frequently runs away from both places. The boy finally quits school after being caught plagiarizing Balzac by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his stepfathers Albert Remy work place to finance his plans to leave home, but is apprehended while trying to return it.The stepfather angrily turns Antoine over to the police and Antoine spends the night in jail, sharing a cell with prostitutes and thieves. During an interview with the judge, Antoines mother confesses that her husband is not Antoines biological father. Antoine is placed in an observation center for troubled youths near the shore as per his mothers wishes. A psychologist at the center probes reasons for Antoines unhappiness, which the youth reveals in a fragmented series of monologues. ........

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