Les Quatre Cents Coups (1959)

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The 400 Blows (Les 400 Coups) was the first feature film directed by one of the most representative names of the Nouvelle Vague, François Truffaut. Before turning to film making he used to write articles in the famous “Cahiers du Cinéma”, an influential French magazine specialized in movie critique. Les 400 coups is filled with personal details about the director’s childhood, bearing a tender romantic yearning for the lost teenage period.

Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is the child of only 15 years old who becomes Truffaut’s alter ego. The actor and character appear in other three movies of the director. To intensify the main character’s interpretation François Truffaut lured Jean-Pierre into a conspiracy against all the other members of the team. There are numerous sequences full of contrast between the innocence of the childhood and the society’s values which make the film unique. Such an example is the scene where Antoine finds himself restless in a rollercoaster, hinting at his impulses of rioting against the written rules of modern society.
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