El Paso, TX

July 18 - July 28, 2024 • El Paso, TX

The 400 Blows

French with English subtitles
Signature Classic
Sunday, July 28
Philanthropy Theatre

Set in 1950s Paris, The 400 Blows is a cinematic masterpiece, directed by French New Wave director François Truffaut, that offers an intimate portrayal of adolescence and society. From the perspective of young Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), viewers are drawn into his rebellion and struggle as he seeks to understand and to be understood. Navigating his space in an often-neglectful adult world, Antoine’s journey becomes a poignant reflection of universal themes such as alienation, longing, and the quest for self-discovery. Truffaut brings the film to life with innovative filmmaking techniques that create a sense of immediacy, intimacy and capture the emotions of each moment. The stunning cinematography deviated from traditional filmmaking conventions through its innovative use of natural lighting, handheld camerawork and long takes that influenced generations of filmmakers. Celebrated for raw realism and enduring relevance, The 400 Blows consistently ranks among the top films in world cinema. — Keri Moe

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Rated: NR