The 400 Blows

Director:   Francois Truffaut
Year:   1959
Language:   French
Time:   99 minutes

One of the premiere films of the French New Wave, The 400 Blows follows a Paris teenager's struggles with family, school and society as he attempts to define his place in the world. Francois Truffaut received the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar for best original screenplay.

Not rated.

Post-film discussion led by Lex Miller.


About the director Francois Truffaut.

Other background on the film.

Background on the French new wave film makers.

A selection of reviews of the film.