The 400 Blows

Les quatres cents coups
Directed by François Truffaut
France / 1959 / Narrative
99 minutes / French w/ English Subtitles

François Truffaut’s first feature film stars 14-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, the alter ego for Truffaut’s youth.  Challenged by parental neglect and oppressive teachers, Doinel turns to classroom absenteeism then criminal delinquency. 

Intro and discussion by David Boaretto, director of April in France.