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The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

Quatre Cents Coups (Les)

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

Review score: * * * * *

cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy

year: 1959

colour: no

certificate: PG

director: François Truffaut

runtime: 101

A superbe tale about childhood and freedom Truffaut's debut feature contains a miraculously truthful performance from the teenage Léaud as the director's alter ego. At once, a sympathetic portrait of juvenile delinquency and an engagingly fresh work of art which was rewarded with a top prize at Cannes and an Oscar nomination for Best original screenplay.

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