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Les Quatre cents coups [The 400 Blows] (France, François Truffaut, 1959). A film that defines both the French New Wave and the representation of childhood in cinema. Truffaut’s debut film is a tough, honest and sympathetic portrayal of a 12-year-old wild child, who gets into all kinds of trouble while navigating the choppy waters of neglectful parents, disciplinary teachers, intense friendships, and the universal challenges of growing up. Truffaut’s artful pacing and artistic construction make this film a must-see. (In French with English subtitles). Thurs 20 Sept. screening hosted by Aaron Taylor (New Media).
Free and open to the public