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The 400 Blows

Les quatre cents coups

Directed by François Truffaut
France, 1959


Truffaut’s cinematic figurehead, Jean-Pierre Léaud, is living a childhood populated with absent or oppressive role-models and petty crime. Based on the trials and tribulations of the director’s own experiences, this was part of the cinematic innovation that birthed the New Wave.

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The 400 Blows Directed by François Truffaut

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1959 | 2 wins including: Best Director

Academy Awards

1960 | Nominee: Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen

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