The 400 Blows
1959, France, François Truffaut, 99 min.
Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, and Claire Maurier
Introduced by author Annette Insdorf
Free with a $7 bar minimum
Bits of bliss:
1. A misunderstood and attention deprived young adolescent who delves into a life of petty crime looking for happiness
2. The film marks Truffaut’s passage from leading critic of the French New Wave to his emergence as one of Europe’s most brilliant auteurs
3. Won the Best Director Award at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival
About the Speaker
Annette Insdorf is Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, and a Professor in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts. She is the author of "Francois Truffaut," a study of the French director's work; Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust; Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski, and Philip Kaufman (UIP, 2012), the first book about this filmmaker. Dr. Insdorf’s commentaries can be heard on numerous DVDs, and she has interviewed over one hundred film celebrities in her popular "Reel Pieces" series at the 92nd Street Y.