Monday, April 16, 2007

The 400 Blows (1959)

*****
France

The picture that began Antoine Doinel's battle against a casually cruel world and introduced to said world the offhanded poetry and delicate, invigorating sensibility of François Truffaut. It's probably cinema's least pretentious portrayal of the struggle of The Outsider and one of the most enduring and intimately affecting tales of maturing into teendom.

dir: François Truffaut
wr: François Truffaut, Marcel Moussy
ph: Henri Decaë
ed: Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte
m: Jean Constantin
cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Georges Flamant, Patrick Auffay, Jeanne Moreau

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