The Canon 10 | 1/5/15
The 400 Blows
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Devin & Amy kick off 2015 by looking at possibly the greatest movie of 1959, Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Can one of the defining films of the French New Wave be one of the most relatable movies ever made? Is it the perfect portrayal of a well rounded child with neglectful parents? Or is the film a little unfair when it comes to putting all the blame on Antoine Doinel’s mother? Tune in for the discussion -- and head to the forums on Wolfpop to cast the deciding vote! Plus, give your Female Coming-of-age recommendations for Devin & Amy to tackle on the show.


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slinkydink
slinkydink
3 posts

One of my favourite movies. Well deserving of a place in The Canon.

nathan_morton
nathan_morton
13 posts

Yes. Most definitely part of the Canon. check out this coincidence: Antoine Doinel looks exactly like Pitt in Fury<img src="http://i98.photobucket.com/albums/l266/mortycore/400Blows.png">

marcelvonstuck
marcelvonstuck
4 posts

"YES" --- but only begrudgingly so, as i prefer other Truffaut films to '400' like: Jules & Jim, Two English Girls, and a couple of the other Doinel films... But i ALMOST want to say 'no' just because it launched Jean Pierre Leaud's career (which meant 30 years of french cinema featuring a guy walking around in a sweater reciting aloud from Philosophical tomes).

ringo81
ringo81
10 posts

Yes, please canonize. Also, do "Heathers".

mikemcq
mikemcq
1 posts

'400 Blows' definitely makes the canon for me. It's true that Antoine's mother gets a bit of a raw deal in the movie, but what little kid doesn't see their parents as their own personal oppressors as well as protectors? '400 Blows' isn't as realist as it seems, if you ask me, so it could be argued that Antoine's mother is portrayed in a neglectful way because Antoine perceives her to be that way. The again, maybe she really is supposed to be that dotty and Truffaut truly did the character a disservice. Still an essential film, regardless.

As for female coming of age films, please please please do 'Room with a View.' It's always been one of my favorites and it's damn funny as well. It's the perfect period piece to show to those who tend to think of little else but starched collars and upturned noses when they think of a Merchant-Ivory production.

aljaynock
aljaynock
8 posts

I agree that the kid is a shit. His parents are right to be fed up with him. I've heard some descriptions of the movie as indicting an overly harsh disciplinary system, but to me it seemed entirely appropriate.

erosionberg
erosionberg
6 posts

As much as I love The 400 Blows and believe at least one Truffaut film belongs in the canon, my vote must be no because I feel there are better coming-of-age films and there are better Truffaut films, e.g. My Neighbor Totoro and Jules et Jim, respectively.

aljaynock
aljaynock
8 posts

I haven't seen "Boyhood", but the protagonist (whom Devin didn't care about) sounds a lot more like me. I don't identify with Antoine at all, or have much sympathy for him. I can watch movies about lousy people though.

aljaynock
aljaynock
8 posts

Coming of age films are often uninteresting because (as is apparently the case in Boyhood) kids don't get to do anything interesting. It occurred to me that "Winter's Bone" is not only a great movie but an exception to Amy's complaint, in that Rhee Dolly doesn't really have any romantic interests. But it sort of proves the rule because she's already forced to take on adult responsibilities before the film has even begun. Moving down to the less prestigious action-movie end of the scale, the titular protagonist of "Hanna" has more of a coming-of-age arc without a real romantic interest. However it's an atypical arc in that she starts out as a trained killer child of the woods educated only by encyclopedias who has never experienced civilization, electricity, etc.
Viewer responses to her relationship with Sophie may vary.

daftmonk
daftmonk
1 posts

Yes. It's one of the greatest films of all time.