The 400 Blows (Truffaut, 1959) film

  1. What is it about The 400 Blows that makes it a New Wave film – look, story, production?
  2. What kind of film about childhood is it?
  3. How is this film about the cinema and cinephilia?
  4. What is the Paris that you see in this film?
  5. What does the final freeze frame mean to you?
  6. Can you relate to Antoine’s story in any way, given that this is a film that was made in 1959?
  7. What do you see as the importance of the French New Wave to world cinema.
  8. What films/film movements can you point to today that you might argue have been influenced by the New Wave?

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