This extraordinary film was the first feature from Francois Truffaut, who was, until its release, best known as a hell-raising critic from the journal Cahiers du Cinema
. THE 400 BLOWS is not only one of the foremost films of the French New Wave, but also the first in a Truffaut series that
included "Antoine and Colette" (an episode from LOVE AT TWENTY), STOLEN KISSES, BED AND BOARD, and LOVE ON THE RUN.
These films all starred the remarkable Leaud as Truffaut's alter ego Antoine Doinel and span 20 years in this semiautobiographical character's life. Here Leaud beautifully embodies Doinel at age 12, a child more or less left to his own devices by his mothe...