The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)


One of the defining films of the French New Wave and the directorial debut for Truffaut, The 400 Blows is a semi-autobiographical story about a misunderstood adolescent in Paris, thought to be a troublemaker by his parents and teachers. This was the first in the Antoine Doinel trilogy (the character invented by Truffaut) tracing him from antisocial anguish to domesticity and was the film to reignite French cinema internationally. The 400 Blows remains a cornerstone in film history that can, and should be revisited numerous times over. 

WINNER: Best Director, Cannes Film Festival

Print courtesy of the National Film and Sound Archive.

The 400 Blows (Les Quatre Cents Coups)

  • Director: Francois Truffaut
  • Year: 1959
  • Run Time: 99 mins
  • Format: 16mm
  • Country: France
  • Rating: PG