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The 400 Blows

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Original title
Les quatre cents coups (Les 400 coups)aka
  • The Four Hundred Blows
Running time
94 min.
France France
Marcel Moussy, François Truffaut
Jean Constantin
Henri Decae (B&W)
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Les Films du Carrosse
Drama | Nouvelle vague (New Wave). Cult Movie. Teen/coming-of-age. Education
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Antoine Doinel
Synopsis / Plot
14-year-old Antoine Doinel has troubles at home and at school. Ignored and neglected by his parents, his relationship with his mother is further strained when he discovers that she has taken a secret lover. Added to this, his school teachers have written him off as a troublemaker and, with luck seemingly never on his side, it is Antoine who ends up getting the blame for bad behaviour. Finding refuge only in his love of cinema, Antoine soon finds it necessary to break free, and discover what the world can offer outside of the confines of his everyday life.
1959: Nominated for Oscar: Best Original Screenplay
1959: Cannes Film Festival: Best Director
1959: New York Film Festival: Best Foreign Film
1959: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Foreign Language Film
1960: BAFTA Awards: 2 Nominations including to Best Film
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