400 Blows, The: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1959) / Region 1
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The Criterion Collection, A Continuing Series of Important Classic and Contemporary Films

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 (Les quatre cents coups) sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut's own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marks Truffaut's passage from leading critic of the French new wave to his emergence as one of Europe's most brilliant auteurs.

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  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Mar 30 2006
  • Production Year 1959
  • Empire SKU 1070075
  • UPC Code 715515017527
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Two audio commentaries: one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by François Truffaut's lifelong friend Robert Lachenay
Rare audition footage of Jean-Pierre Léaud, Patrick Auffay, and Richard Kanayan
Newsreel footage of Léaud in Cannes for the show of The 400 Blows
Excerpt from a French TV program with Truffaut discussing his youth, critical writings, and the origins of Antoine Doinel
Television interview with Truffaut about the global financial reception of The 400 Blows
Theatrical Trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 2.35:1 B&W (Anamorphic)

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