Screening of The 400 Blows, part of Films on the Green 2016, on July 1st
NEW YORK, June 15, 2016— On Friday, July 1, Films on the Green will present the iconic New Wave masterpiece The 400 Blows (Les 400 Coups), directed by François Truffaut. Hailed by Robert Ebert as “one of the most intensely touching stories ever made about a young adolescent,” The 400 Blows won Truffaut the award for Best Director at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival and was recently recognized in 2016 with an Honorary Golden Palm bestowed on Jean-Pierre Léaud for his role as protagonist Antoine Doinel.
The film that transformed Truffaut from a leading critic into a New Wave auteur, The 400 Blows follows Antoine Doinel, a cinematic analogue of Truffaut himself, through painful trials characterized by aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. Doinel is played by a 14-year-old boy who, out of the 60 boys who auditioned for the role, came across as “an anti-social loner on the brink of rebellion.” As such, the 14-year-old Jean-Pierre Léaud conveys all the weight of adolescence on his shoulders—he is “implacably deadpanned yet expressive” and “apparently relaxed yet tense” (Bosley Crowther, The New York Times).
This tribute to Truffaut’s “internal battle between nostalgia and anarchy” (Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine) was filmed at the Eiffel Tower and in the Montmartre, Trocadéro, and Pigalle areas of Paris, serving to situate the tumultuous adolescent in an historic city full of towering landmarks and impressive architecture. Jeanne Moreau, Jacques Demy, François Truffaut, Philippe De Broca, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jean-Paul Belmondo also make on-screen or voiceover cameos during the film.
The screening will take place on Friday, July 1st at 8:30pm at Transmitter Park in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The film is in French with English subtitles and is free and open to all.
DJs from WHCS, Hunter College’s radio station, will play French tunes prior to the screening.
Friday, July 1 - 8:30pm - Transmitter Park
THE 400 BLOWS (LES 400 COUPS)
Directed by François Truffaut with Jean-Pierre Léaud, Claire Maurier, Albert Decomble, Albert Rémy
1959 | Drama | UR | 1h39 | France
François Truffaut’s first feature is also his most personal. Told through the eyes of Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud), The 400 Blows sensitively re-creates the trials of Truffaut’s own childhood, unsentimentally portraying aloof parents, oppressive teachers, and petty crime. The film marked Truffaut’s passage from leading critic to trailblazing auteur of the French New Wave.
2016 Films on the Green Festival Schedule
The festival offers this year a striking portrait of the City of Lights, its urban landscape, and cultural diversity.
A selection of classic, New Wave, and contemporary films will showcase the city’s aesthetic, cultural, and cinematic history from a dramatically unconventional angle through stories of love, romance, adolescence, female identity, and urban life in Paris and its surrounding suburbs.
All films are shown with English subtitles. Screenings begin at 8:30pm, except the Columbia screening, which begins at 7:30pm.
June 7 - Central Park (79th street and Fifth Avenue): Breathless by Jean-Luc Godard, preceded with The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
June 10 - Washington Square Park: The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe by Yves Robert
June 17 - Washington Square Park: Air of Paris by Marcel Carné
June 24 - Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): Subway by Luc Besson
July 1 - Transmitter Park (Greenpoint, Brooklyn): The 400 Blows by François Truffaut
July 8 - Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): April and the Extraordinary World by Christian Desmares & Franck Ekinci
July 15 - Riverside Park, Pier I (at 70th Street): Un Flic by Jean-Pierre Melville
July 22 - Tompkins Square Park: Cleo from 5 to 7 by Agnès Varda
July 29 - Tompkins Square Park: Boyfriends and Girlfriends by Eric Rohmer
Sept. 8 - Columbia University (at 116th St): Girlhood by Céline Sciamma
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE Foundation and the City of New York Parks & Recreation would like to thank Films on the Green’s 2016 official sponsors: Air France, BNP Paribas and TV5 Monde.
Tandem Paris-New York 2016 is a large-scale transatlantic cultural exchange between Paris and New York. From June through October 2016, cultural institutions in New York and Paris will present an extraordinary selection of events in a variety of cultural disciplines including music, dance, cinema, literature, theatre, the visual arts, language, gastronomy, and digital innovation from the partner city. Tandem Paris - New York 2016 is organized by the City of Paris and the French Institute, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and the Embassy of the United States of America in France, with the support of the City of New York.
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