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The 400 Blows Review


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1959's Les Quatre cents coups, known in translation as The 400 Blows, birthed the French New Wave. It's also one of the 20 finest films ever made. Easy.

Sure, Citizen Kane. Yes, The Bicycle Thief. Heck, The Wild Bunch. They are all classics, all bound to be on the top of every critic's supreme film list. And regular people actually watch those. But The 400 Blows is almost always shuffled to the bottom. Among cineastes it's championed by rarely seen. Go to your local Blockbuster and ask the resident film nerd employed there if they've seen The 400 Blows. Seriously, give it a try. They'll usually say, Yeah, that's a brilliant movie. Amazing. I haven't seen it but sure I heard it's incredible. A must see. Ask your uncle, the one who's always going on and on about how people don't "get" cinema anymore. He'll say, Yeah, that's a brilliant movie. Been meaning to see it for years.

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The 400 Blows Review


Essential
1959's Les Quatre cents coups, known in translation as The 400 Blows, birthed the French New Wave. It's also one of the 20 finest films ever made. Easy.

Sure, Citizen Kane. Yes, The Bicycle Thief. Heck, The Wild Bunch. They are all classics, all bound to be on the top of every critic's supreme film list. And regular people actually watch those. But The 400 Blows is almost always shuffled to the bottom. Among cineastes it's championed by rarely seen. Go to your local Blockbuster and ask the resident film nerd employed there if they've seen The 400 Blows. Seriously, give it a try. They'll usually say, Yeah, that's a brilliant movie. Amazing. I haven't seen it but sure I heard it's incredible. A must see. Ask your uncle, the one who's always going on and on about how people don't "get" cinema anymore. He'll say, Yeah, that's a brilliant movie. Been meaning to see it for years.

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Bob Le Flambeur Review


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"Born with an ace on his palm," Bob is a career gambler living in Paris's Montmartre district, living only at night and only in the local casinos. But poor Bob (Roger Duchesne) has hit an unlucky streak, and now he's down to his last 800 francs. A smart bet at the racetrack puts him back up, but an ill-advised trip to the local craps house wipes him clean.

With his young protege Paolo (Daniel Cauchy), Bob le Flambeur (Bob the High Roller) decides to rob the nearby Deauville casino on Grand Prix night, a huge safecracking job requiring lots of knowhow, inside knowledge, and plenty of guns. But as with any heist, loose lips and second thoughts get in the way... as does Bob's legacy as a gambler. And of course, the various dames in their lives only make matters worse.

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1959's Les Quatre cents coups, known in translation as The 400 Blows, birthed the French...

The 400 Blows Movie Review

The 400 Blows Movie Review

1959's Les Quatre cents coups, known in translation as The 400 Blows, birthed the French...

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