The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) (1959, 99 min.). Without a doubt, The 400 Blows is one of cinema’s greatest achievements. Antoine Doinel, played impeccably by Jean-Pierre Léaud, serves as Truffaut’s cinematic counterpart, in a world filled with aloof parents and oppressive teachers. Writing a new cinematic language, Truffaut captures the difficulty of transitioning out of childhood and into adolescences with a stunning realism.
The Brats (Les mistons) (1957, 17 min.). Unable to maturely express their admiration for Bernadette, a group of adolescents resort to tormenting her and her boyfriend.