The 400 Blows (1959)

Rated PG. This kid has enough bad stuff in his life. He doesn’t need to hear us swearing too.

The 400 Blows

Our 400th episode talks about one of the influential films of the French New Wave, which was also Francois Truffaut’s directorial debut. The 400 Blows is famous for all kinds of reasons (especially that freeze frame at the end), but at heart it’s a quiet character study of a young boy who makes bad decisions and has really bad parents. Jean-Pierre Leaud gives one of the great child performances in the history of cinema, whether he’s crammed into a tiny apartment, repeatedly getting in trouble in school, running the streets or getting thrown into juvie. Truffaut shot this hell-raising picture in the streets, often letting his actors improvise and making it feel gritty & real. So party with your young chum, run away from your terrible folks or maybe just go for a stroll along the beach, but make sure to have a podcast in your ears. In fact, make that podcast the 400th Ellises’ Analysis, mes amis.

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1959 Academy Award winners and nominees

Links to: Day For Night and Bicycle Thieves and Amelie and Nomadland

Previously on The Ellises’ Analysis: The Descendants

July 26th on The Ellises’ Analysis: Mean Girls