Released in 1959, The 400 Blows was the debut feature from critic-turned-director François Truffaut. The film documents a few days in the life of Antoine Doinel, age twelve and a half, who finds himself spiraling into a routine of petty crime and juvenile delinquency while trapped in a world filled with tyrannical teachers and uncaring parents. Truffaut would follow the adventures of Antoine through four more films over the next twenty years, but The 400 Blows remains the most personal — and one of the cinema's most sensitive, hauntingly accurate depictions of a kid's escape from childhood. The 400 Blows shows at 7 p.m. Friday through Thursday (December 14 through 20) at the Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue) as part of the Webster University Film Series. Tickets are $5 to $6. For more information visit www.webster.edu/filmseries.
Dec. 14-20, 2007