Essential Art House, Vol. 2

Essential Art House, Vol. 2

Akira Kurosawa, Anthony Asquith, Emeric Pressburger, Federico Fellini,

DVD (Black & White / Wide Screen)



For his feature-film debut, critic-turned-director François Truffaut drew inspiration from his own troubled childhood. The 400 Blows stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel, Truffaut's preteen alter ego. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher (Guy Decomble), Antoine frequently runs away from both places. The boy finally quits school after being accused of plagiarism by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his father (Albert Remy) to finance his plans to leave home. The father angrily turns Antoine over to the police, who lock the boy up with hardened criminals. A psychiatrist at a delinquency center probes Antoine's unhappiness, which he reveals in a fragmented series of monologues. Originally intended as a 20-minute short, The 400 Blows was expanded into a feature when Truffaut decided to elaborate on his self-analysis. For the benefit of Truffaut's fellow film buffs, The 400 Blows is full of brief references to favorite directors, notably Truffaut's then-idol Jean Vigo. The film won the 1959 Best Director prize at the Cannes Film Festival, even though Truffaut had been declared persona non grata the year before for his inflammatory comments about the festival's commercialism.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
UPC: 0715515043014
Original Release: 0000
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 11:50:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Breno Mello Orpheus
Giulietta Masina Gelsomina
Jean-Pierre Léaud Antoine Doinel
Takashi Shimura Kanji Watanabe
Anthony Quinn Zampano
Marpessa Dawn Eurydice
Nobuo Kaneko Mitsuo Watanabe
Robert Beauvais School Director
Roger Livesey Clive Candy
Wendy Hiller Eliza Doolittle
Claire Maurier Mme. Doinel
Deborah Kerr Barbara Wynne,Edith Hunter,Johnny Cannon
Kyoko Seki Kazue Watanabe
Lea Garcia Serafina
Leslie Howard Prof. Henry Higgins
Richard Basehart Matto "The Fool"
Al Silvani Mr. Giraffa
Albert Remy M. Doinel
Lourdes de Oliveira Mira
Miki Odagiri Toyo Odagiri
Wilfred Lawson Alfred Doolittle
Guy Decomble The French Teacher
Makoto Kobori Kiighi Watanabe
Marcel Camus Actor
Marcella Rovena Actor
Marie Lohr Mrs. Higgins
Anton Walbrook Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff
Patrick Auffay Rene Bigey
Scott Sunderland Col. Pickering
Roland Culver Col. Betteridge
Albert Lieven Von Ritter
Spencer Trevor Period Blimp
James McKechnie Spud Wilson

Technical Credits
Akira Kurosawa Director
Anthony Asquith Director
Emeric Pressburger Director
Federico Fellini Director
François Truffaut Director
Marcel Camus Director
Leslie Howard Director
Michael Powell Director

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