The 400 BlowsPG

Directed by Francois Truffaut | France | 1959 | 1h 40m | French w/ English subtitles | Starring Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier

A timeless coming-of-age story following a few months in the life of a 12-year-old boy who, misunderstood and mistreated by his parents and teachers, seeks refuge in truancy, petty crime, and the cinema. The most autobiographical of Truffaut’s films which helped launch the French New Wave is universally regarded as one of the all-time great directorial debuts.


‘It’s a cornerstone of the French New Wave, and one of the greatest movies about childhood, from anywhere, ever.’
Anthony Quinn, The Independent

‘A landmark in modern cinema.’
Jason Korsner, BBC

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We showed The 400 Blows between January 16, 2022 and January 18, 2022.

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Today (Monday 17th June)


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Tomorrow (Tuesday 18th June)


The Beast 15
2h 27m | French w/ English subtitles
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