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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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Shoot The Piano Player Review


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Truffaut's meditation on the American gangster film is, like a lot of French homages to the American gangster film, an unfortunately poor imitation. This tepid story has a mild-mannered pianist suddenly drawn into a world of crime by his ne'er-do-well brother. Of course our pianist has a past of his own, plus there's a hot hooker to contend with. The story is random and a little babbling, not really imbued with and interesting insight into gangsters -- American or otherwise. It's morose and deptressing, as any good New Wave film usually is, but if there's a point -- or even any real emotion in this -- it is lost on me. Stick with Truffaut's better films.

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The 400 Blows Movie Review

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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