400 Blows / Les 400 Coups

26March 8.00PM


Ryde Film Club

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Commodore Cinema
2 Star Street
PO33 2HX


Directed by François Truffaut, Les 400 Coups was on its release fĂȘted as one of the two best postwar French films. It is accepted as a defining work of the Nouvelle Vague (aka New Wave): an expression of the social and political upheavals of the times. Les 400 Coups exemplifies well this radical experimentation with editing, visual style, and narrative. Along with Godard's Breathless the following year, Les 400 Coups launched and brought widespread attention to the New Wave.


Antoine has a turbulent adolescence: he lies to parents indifferent to his fate, steals, runs away. Sadly, his only comfort comes from delivering 'four hundred blows' along with his friend Rene. Then the police become involved.

Image courtesy of the British Film Institute.


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