Francois Truffaut's first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut's cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) sensitively recreates the trials of Truffaut's own difficult childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, petty crime, and a friendship that would last a lifetime. 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. Also included is Antoine and Colette, Truffaut's acclaimed 30-minute film from the 1962 omnibus feature L'Amour a vingt ans.
Short film: "Antoine and Colette"
Two audio commentaries: one by cinema professor Brian Stonehill and another by lifelong friend of Truffaut, Robert Lachenay