#005: The 400 Blows

criterion5FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT

1959

Truffaut’s first film draws a lot from his own life as subject matter, but does that make it a true story?  Not that it matters since it’s brilliant either way, but there are other cases of bad movies, usually cheesy melodramas, that demand far too much credit by putting the words “based on a true story” at the beginning as a way to stave off criticism.  The thing about movies like The 400 Blows that makes them wonderful isn’t that they are true, it’s that they feel true.  This episode also includes mention of the other films in The Adventures of Antoine Doinel box set.

Listen to the episode here:  PODCAST

My review on my blog:  REVIEW

Also by Francois Truffaut

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