The 400 Blows


In 1959, François Truffaut's tale of troubled youth must have seemed energised, vibrant and grittily real. It still does, too. Jean-Pierre Leaud gives a seemingly effortless performance as Antoine Doinel, the Paris boy who, dismissed as a troublemaker by adults, looks like he's heading for a life of crime. It's streetwise stuff, shot in a vigorous on-the-hoof style, but also full of joy, both in its blissfully comic moments and in Doinel's telling passion for moviegoing.

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