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Screening of “Les 400 coups” (“The 400 Blows”)

January 27, 2012

Les 400 coups” is a 1959 movie by François Truffaut. It tells the story of Antoine, a 12-year old boy growing up in Paris in the early 50’s. It is defining movie of the French art cinema movement La Nouvelle Vague (or “the French New Wave”). This movement characterizes itself by the use of  new techniques (use of portable equipments producing a documentary type style) and by its social and political engagement, reflecting the difficulties faced by people and their call for more liberty.

The English title “The 400 Blows” is a word-to-word translation and misses the meaning of the French title. This one is based on the expression “faire les 400 coups”, which means, referring especially to young boys, to do all the possible and imaginable mischiefs.

Date : Friday 3rd of February 2011

Time : 5:30 pm

Venue : L-9

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