The 400 Blows

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Released 1959

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Director:
Francois Truffaut
Released:
1959
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The 400 Blows is a 1959 French new wave film directed by Francois Truffaut. Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre L'aud) is a young boy who one day is in class and is passed a picture of a nude woman. He defaces the picture and tries to pass it on but is caught by his teacher who disciplines him. In his anger, Antoine writes a mean poem about the teacher on the wall and is once again caught. Back at home, Antoine acts does housework for his mother and sleeps on a cot with no sheets. After a disagreement, Antoine's father accuses his mother of infidelity. The next day, Antoine is late for school and has not completed his punishment assignment for the poem. His best friend Rene (Patrick Auffay) convinces him to skip school and they go to the arcade. While out, Antoine sees his mother with another man. That night, Antoine's mother tells the family she will be out late. At their home, Antoine's father yells at Antoine. Later, his mother returns and claims she was dropped off by her boss, but Antoine's father is having none of it.moreless

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Jeanne Moreau

Jeanne Moreau

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Jean-Pierre Leaud

Jean-Pierre Leaud

Antoine Doinel

Claire Maurier

Claire Maurier

Gilberte Doinel - la mère d'Antoine

Albert Remy

Albert Remy

Julien Doinel

Guy Decomble

Guy Decomble

'Petite Feuille', the French teacher

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Crime