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The 400 Blows(Les Quatre Cents Coups)

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France
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1959

1h 39m

Director François Truffaut
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy, Georges Flamant

Genre Drama

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Antoine Doinel is a troubled young boy growing up in Paris. He frequently runs away from his school and home due to his problems with discipline until finally, he quits school after his teacher accuses him of plagiarism. After he is arrested for stealing his stepfather's typewriter, the reasons for his unhappiness are gradually revealed.

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This coming-of-age French New Wave movie is incredibly moving. The French new Wave was an innovative and important movement in film history, but even outside of that context this movie is uniquely affecting. Its style is beautiful and charming, and it chooses the perfect scenes and shot to help you understand the main character. It also has maybe the most memorable final shot I've ever seen.

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