AFS Virtual Movie Club – April 21st: “The 400 Blows”

The Aurora Film Society Virtual Film Club brings you “The 400 Blows” for our April 21st discussion.

Francois Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” (1959) is one of the most intensely touching stories ever made about a young adolescent. Inspired by Truffaut’s own early life, it shows a resourceful boy growing up in Paris and apparently dashing headlong into a life of crime. Adults see him as a troublemaker. We are allowed to share some of his private moments, as when he lights a candle before a little shrine to Balzac in his bedroom. The film’s famous final shot, a zoom in to a freeze frame, shows him looking directly into the camera. He has just run away from a house of detention, and is on the beach, caught between land and water, between past and future. It is the first time he has seen the sea.

-Roger Ebert.

We invite you to join us via Zoom on April 21st at 7pm for analysis of “The 400 Blows”.  We have added a link in the pulldown menu under the Virtual Movie Club button to make it easier to participate in our discussions every month.

Check out the selected films for our theatre screenings too.  Subscribers and their guests returned last month in large numbers for our screening of “Four Lions”.  Join us this month for “Le Cercle Rouge”.