Foreign Flicks: The 400 Blows
“Now, Doinel, go get some water and erase those insanities, or I’ll make you lick the wall, my friend.”
The 400 Blows is the story of a misguided youth who takes to life on the streets after a series of family problems and his expulsion from school. Directed by Francois Truffaut, this is one of the defining films of the “French New Wave” movement. Truffaut’s initial career was that of a film critic, where one of his major accomplishments was establishing the director as a film’s true “author” by devising the auteur theory. After criticising the French film industry at the time, Truffaut decided to put his money where his mouth was. Thus, his first feature, The 400 Blows, was born. The black-and-white photography is absolutely stunning, and the fantastic high-angle and crane shots do a great job of capturing the maze-like nature of living on the streets. Great film.
RIYL: An Education, The Night of the Hunter.