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The 400 Blows

Released 1959
Distributor Zenith International Films

Truffaut’s portrait of a young misfit at war with his school, his family and himself, is never sentimental but always heartrending – in the words of Godard, “rigorous and tender.” The movie was the first of four films featuring Jean-Pierre Léaud as Antoine Doinel who, over the course of 20 years, grew from beleaguered adolescent to jaded roué.

About Robert Weide

Robert Weide's documentary films include The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell; the Emmy-winning W.C. Fields Straight Up; Mort Sahl: The Loyal Opposition; Lenny Bruce: Swear to Tell the Truth (which won an Emmy Award and was Oscar-nominated); and Woody Allen: A Documentary. He has worked in narrative features as Producer and Writer of Mother Night, Director of How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Co-Writer of the 2014 adaptation of The Giver. Weide was Executive Producer and principal Director of the HBO series, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and created, wrote and directed the 2014 British comedy/drama series Mr. Sloane for Sky Atlantic. He is currently in post-production on a documentary, Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time, which he commenced filming in 1988. Weide is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a DGA Award.