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[Nov 30] Film Screening — THE 400 BLOWS (LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS)

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

As part of the 52nd French Film Festival, we invite you to the screening of French New Wave masterpiece, The 400 Blows / Les Quatre Cents Coups by acclaimed director François Truffaut. The screening will be followed by a discussion in English and Chinese.

Language: French with English subtitles.

Date: 30 November 2023

Time: 6:30 pm

Venue: CPD-2.58, 2/F., Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong

Organized by the HKU French Programme and Le Cercle Français (French Society, A.A.H.K.U.)


Drama / France / 1959 / 93 mins

Directed by: François Truffaut

Starring: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Rémy

A young Parisian boy, Antoine Doinel, neglected by his derelict parents, skips school, sneaks into movies, runs away from home, steals things, and tries (disastrously) to return them. Like most kids, he gets into more trouble for things he thinks are right than for his actual trespasses. Unlike most kids, he gets whacked with the big stick. He inhabits a Paris of dingy flats, seedy arcades, abandoned factories, and workaday streets, a city that seems big and full of possibilities only to a child’s eye.

Best Director Award - Cannes International Film Festival, 1959

Prix Méliès - French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, 1959

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