The 400 Blows [1959] [Criterion] (DVD)

Francois Truffaut



In French with English Subtitles



Francois 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 (Les quatre cents coups) sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Guy Decomble, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier, Jean-Pierre Léaud
  • Format: Black & White, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 05/09/2006
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 5

Special Features

  • Two audio commentaries: one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by Francois Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay
  • Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Leaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan
  • Newsreel footage of Leaud in Cannes for the show of The 400 Blows
  • Excerpt from a French TV program with Truffaut discussing his youth, critical writings, and the origins of Antoine Doinel
  • Television interview with Truffaut about the global financial reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical impression of the film
  • Theatrical Trailer
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