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Date(s) - 18/09/2016
All Day

cinema Basu Sree


The sixth film of the French film cycle organized in collaboration with Basusree Cinema is Les Quatre cents Coups/ The 400 Blows by François Truffaut,  to be screened on Sunday 18 September 2016 at Basusree Cinema. Before the screening  with the presence of the notable film maker Goutam Ghosh, launching of the book by Mr. Sanjay Mukherjee (writer, critic and professor at Jadavpur University Film Studies Dept.) on this film of the great French filmmaker.

Book launch ceremony at 10:30 am. Screening starts at 11 am.

Synopsis :

Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) is a young boy growing up in Paris during the early 1950s. Misunderstood at home by his parents and tormented in school by his insensitive teacher (Guy Decomble), Antoine frequently runs away from both places. The boy finally quits school after being caught plagiarizing Balzac by his teacher. He steals a typewriter from his stepfather’s (Albert Remy) work place to finance his plans to leave home, but is apprehended while trying to return it.

Antoine Doinel in the final scene


The stepfather angrily turns Antoine over to the police and Antoine spends the night in jail, sharing a cell with prostitutes and thieves. During an interview with the judge, Antoine’s mother confesses that her husband is not Antoine’s biological father. Antoine is placed in an observation center for troubled youths near the shore (as per his mother’s wishes). A psychologist at the center probes reasons for Antoine’s unhappiness, which the youth reveals in a fragmented series of monologues.

One day, while playing football with the other boys, Antoine escapes under a fence and runs away to the ocean, a place he has wanted to visit his entire life. He reaches the shoreline of the sea and runs into it. The film concludes with a freeze-frame of Antoine, and the camera optically zooms in on his face, looking into the camera.