Lawrence O'Toole
September 28, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The 400 Blows

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
99 minutes
performer
Jean-Pierre Leaud
director
Francois Truffaut
author
Marcel Moussy, Francois Truffaut
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it an A

In The 400 Blows, twelve-year-old Antonie Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud) plays a misunderstood kid, unloved at home and mistreated by anyone older than himself, in Francois Truffaut’s autobiographical tale. Sweet but never sentimental in its portrayal of it truant antihero, the film helped usher in the French New Wave. Its closing show — a freeze-frame of the haunted Antoine on the beach, staring out at us — is one of the most famous in movie history. But it’s there by luck: Truffaut, broke, had merely run out of film, and his editor suggested just stopping the movie. In black and white. A

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