Robert Lachenay, François Truffaut’s lifelong friend, offers a uniquely personal look at THE 400 BLOWS and the life of its creator. The French-language Lachenay commentary features optional italicized subtitles.
This 16 mm screen test footage from 1958 features an interview with actor Jean-Pierre Léaud, some improvised dialogue between Léaud and Patrick Auffay (René in THE 400 BLOWS), and an audition by Richard Kanayan (who plays one of the children and went on to appear in François Truffaut’s SHOOT THE ...
This newsreel excerpt from François Chalais and Jacques Planche’s “Reflets de Cannes 1959” depicts the excitement of THE 400 BLOWS’ reception at the festival (François Truffaut won best director), along with the young Jean-Pierre Léaud’s thoughts about being in the acclaimed film.
In this excerpt from the February 20, 1960, episode of “Cinépanorama,” director François Truffaut discusses the global reception of THE 400 BLOWS, which had just been named best foreign film by the New York Film Critics Circle, and undertakes some self-critical evaluation of his work.