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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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* New digital transfer of The 400 Blows, enhanced for widescreen televisions * 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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