The 400 Blows

Intensely touching story of a misunderstood young adolescent who delves into a life of petty crime.

Truffautbruary, a month dedicated to Francois Truffaut: The 400 Blows

Truffautbruary, a month dedicated to Francois Truffaut: The 400 Blows

"Dedicated to the memory of Andre Bazin." — Reeling from the death of his dearest friend and mentor, Andre Bazin, Francois Truffaut was set to begin shooting his first feature film. Bazin was a savior to Truffaut, helping him through various financial difficulties and even some criminal issues in his formative years; Bazin was perhaps the first person working around cinema to realize Truffaut's potential. As a means of escaping his difficult adolescent years, Truffaut began skipping school and filling his days with screenings at the cinema. It was during this time of prolific movie watching that a passionate fire for cinema was lit within Truffaut. It was Bazin who pulled every string he could to get Francois out of the French Army. After his release, Bazin then gave a job to Francois as a writer at his newly formed film magazine, Cahiers du Cinéma. It was during his time at Cahiers that Francois would write his scathing critique of filmmaking at the time, "A Certain Tendency of the French CInema" which would usher in the French New Wave and change the face of cinema for all eternity. After the upheaval from the events spawned by Truffaut's critique, he suddenly found himself with a chance to make a film of his own. On the first day of filming, Francois learned that Andre Bazin had died, the person that paved his professional career, and the one constant in his life he could always call on for advice and comfort. Bazin's death brought about a bleakness to the shoot, as Francois nursed a broken heart over losing such a pivotal mentor and friend. Just as the cycle of life goes, post-production of the film was marked with the birth of Truffaut's first daughter, Laura. Similarly, Truffaut, after striking gold with his debut feature by creating an absolute masterpiece, was himself born as a filmmaker.