The 400 Blows

by François Truffaut1h331958France

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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?

Cast and crew
  • Credits

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

    • Printed format : 35 mm
    • Sound mix : Stéréo 2.0
    • Year of production : 1958
    • French release date : 3 juin 1959
    • Category : Feature film
    • Color : Black and White
    • Language : French

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