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François Truffaut’s first feature, The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups), is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s life-long cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. The film marks Truffaut’s passage from leading critic of the French New Wave to his emergence as one of Europe’s most brilliant auteurs.

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Special Features New digital transfer of The 400 Blows, enhanced for widescreen televisions New digital transfer of Antoine and Colette (BOX-SET VERSION ONLY) Two audio commentaries: one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by François Truffaut’s lifelong friend Robert Lachenay Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan Newsreel footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud in Cannes for the showing of The 400 Blows Excerpt from a French TV program with Truffaut discussing his youth, critical writings, and the origins of Antoine Doinel in The 400 Blows and Antoine and Colette Television interview with Truffaut about the global reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical impression of the film Theatrical trailer for The 400 Blows New and improved English subtitle translations

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BRCC5 400 Blows Blu Ray DVD (1959/Francois Truffaut) $19.99