The 400 Blows

by François Truffaut 1h33min France 1958
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The 400 Blows
by François Truffaut

The story of Antoine Doinel – aged twelve and a half – begins on the day he is given a severe punishment at school to do at home that evening. It happens that he is unable to do it. So, the next day, not daring to go back to school, Antoine, together with his best friend, René, discovers the joys of playing truant. That afternoon, he comes across his mother on the arm of a stranger. He is overwhelmed by the sight of this and he runs away. He ends up in a police station, then in a Delinquents Observation Center. Will Antoine one day come to terms with life?

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  • Claire Maurier : Gilberte Doinel
  • Albert Rémy : Julien Doinel
  • Jean-Pierre Léaud : Antoine Doinel
  • Patrick Auffay : René Bigey
  • And with: Jean-Claude Brialy, Jeanne Moreau, Jacques Demy, Georges Flamant, Yvonne Claudie, Guy Decomble, Robert Beauvais, Pierre Repp, Claude Mansard, Jacques Monod, Luc Andrieux


  • Director François Truffaut
  • Scenario François Truffaut, Jacqueline Parey
  • Dialogs Marcel Moussy
  • Photo director Henri Decaë
  • Set Design Bernard Evein
  • Sound Jean-Claude Marchetti
  • Editing Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte
  • Original music Jean Constantin
  • Producer François Truffaut
  • Production Compagny Les Films du Carrosse, SEDIF
  • Distributor MK2

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio2,35:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1958
  • Release date for France06/03/1959
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench


  1. Festival de Cannes 1959

Award for Best Director : François Truffaut

  1. Festival de Cannes 2009

Presented in Cannes Classics in a restaured copy

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