Criterion Year Week 4: The 400 Blows

The Criterion Collection, the last vestige of truly collectible DVD and Blu-Ray movies in existence. These are well produced, fancy pants editions of important and interesting films for the discerning film lover.

We continue our journey through Jim's collection of movies with...

Week 4:

The 400 Blows

Spine Number: 5

Director: Francois Truffaut

Genre: French New Wave


Some movies change the world. At least... they change the world of film. Francois Truffaut was a respected and feared film critic in France when he decided to take a shot at making a movie.

What he produced, in his first attempt at a feature was one of the most revolutionary pieces of film making ever produced. It was a personal, emotionally raw, and thoroughly engrossing portrait of child with no map, no guideposts, and no mooring trying to find himself. The 400 Blows was one of the foundation films of the French New Wave movement and has gone on to be one of the most influential and respected films of all time.

So... join us as we discuss the beginnings of the Antoine Doinel series with the landmark "The 400 Blows."

Next week:

Spine Number 8: John Woo's "The Killer"

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