The 400 Blows The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

François Truffaut

 
The 400 Blows (Criterion Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

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  • France
  • 1959
  • 99 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 2.35:1
  • French
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  • Spine #5

François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital film transfer, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New digital transfer of Antoine and Colette (The Adventures of Antoine Doinel box set only)
  • Two audio commentaries, one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and the other by François Truffaut’s lifelong friend Robert Lachenay
  • Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan
  • Newsreel footage from the film’s showing at Cannes
  • Excerpt from a 1965 interview with Truffaut in which he discusses his youth, his critical writings, and the origins of the character Antoine Doinel
  • Excerpt from a 1960 interview with Truffaut about the global reception of The 400 Blows and his own critical view of the film
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Annette Insdorf

    New covers by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

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The 400 Blows: Close to Home

By Annette Insdorf April 08, 2014

François Truffaut moved cinema forward by looking back at his own troubled past. Read more »

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Film Essays

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The 400 Blows: Close to Home

By Annette Insdorf April 08, 2014

François Truffaut moved cinema forward by looking back at his own troubled past. Read more »


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Clippings

Truffaut: A Look Back

August 18, 2010

UPDATE 14OCT2010: It seems that we at Criterion, or at least our subtitles, have gotten caught up in a bit of a controversy with regard to the article that we linked to here. Some sharp readers . . . Read more »


Interviews

Into the Archives: A Conversation with Emmanuel Laurent

May 19, 2010

Plenty of ink has been expended over the years on the turbulent friendship between Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut, which helped define the French New Wave in the 1960s. Now those stories . . . Read more »


Clippings

Off the Shelf

May 06, 2010

For its June issue, Sight & Sound has conducted a poll of fifty-one leading critics and writers, asking them to select the best, “most inspirational” books about film ever written. The . . . Read more »


Clippings

Beaucoup de Truffaut

April 07, 2010

The smart folks at the niftily designed film website Not Coming to a Theater Near You are in the midst of a monthlong feature titled Love on the Run: The Films of François Truffaut. One essay . . . Read more »


Clippings

SIGHT & SOUND RIDES THE WAVE

April 26, 2009

The British film magazine Sight & Sound dedicates its May issue to the fiftieth anniversary of the French New Wave, which it dates to the first screening of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows . . . Read more »


Features

“The Face of the French Cinema Has Changed”

By Jean-Luc Godard April 21, 2009

Fifty years ago today . . . Godard wrote this New Wave battle cry for the April 22, 1959, issue of the French journal Arts, on the news of François Truffaut’s The 400 Blows being selected to . . . Read more »


Dispatches

Bazin Season

By Colin MacCabe December 21, 2008

André Bazin has a curious status in intellectual life. He is everywhere admitted as the founding father of film criticism and theory in general. The magazine he created in the 1950s, Cahiers du . . . Read more »