400 Blows

January 9, 2010 at 11:06 pm Leave a comment

MOVIE: The 400 Blows

NUTSHELL: Truffaut’s masterpiece about a barely parented Parisian 14 year old who stumbles his way over middle class hypocrisy on his way to the seashore.

GOOD THINGS: Jean-Pierre Léaud – was there ever a more talented kid actor?, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Guy Decomble, Patrick Auffray, stellar cast across the board and the design, score, script and cinematography – ooh la la!

BAD THINGS: Well it’s so well-observed and accurate, that it makes you cringe sometimes.

FEATURES: Paris, horses, milk, satchels, eyelash curlers, bread, ink and typewriters

UNCOMFORTABLE MOMENTS: Caged toddlers, child abuse and snitches, none are ever easy to watch.

NOTABLE: I know I went on and on about the Ghostworld logline but check out this one: “Angel faces hell-bent for violence.”

BEST PART: The dwindling gym class

BEST LINE: Maybe it’s glandular.

CROWNS: 5 out of 5

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