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400 Coups

400 Coups

400 Blows

99 minutes

DVD in French with optional English subtitles.

French Lesson Plan

Introduction: Enhance your French lessons with the poignant and thought-provoking film "Les 400 Coups" (The 400 Blows) through our comprehensive lesson plan. Directed by François Truffaut, this classic film explores themes of adolescence, rebellion, and the struggles of growing up, making it an excellent tool for language learning and cultural exploration.

Film Summary: The "Les 400 Coups" French Lesson Plan is an engaging educational resource designed to immerse students in the story of 13-year-old Antoine Doinel. Antoine turns to a life of small-time crime to escape the neglect he receives at home from his parents and the harsh criticism of his teacher. As young Antoine ventures out on his own, he discovers that the freedom he longs for is not so easily attained.

Additional Details: Released in 1959, "Les 400 Coups" is a cornerstone of the French New Wave cinema and features stellar performances by Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, and Claire Maurier. The film is available in French with optional English subtitles, ensuring an immersive language experience. The emotional depth and rich narrative of the film provide ample material for engaging classroom discussions.

Relevant Dates for "Les 400 Coups" (The 400 Blows)

  1. Film Release Anniversary:

    • May 4: The film was released on May 4, 1959. This anniversary is a significant date to discuss the film’s impact and legacy.
  2. François Truffaut’s Birthday:

    • February 6: Celebrate the director's birthday, François Truffaut, by exploring his works and influence on cinema.
  3. Cannes Film Festival:

    • May (Dates Vary): The film won the Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1959. This event is a great opportunity to discuss the film’s accolades and its place in film history.
  4. Jean-Pierre Léaud’s Birthday:

    • May 28: Celebrate the birthday of the lead actor who portrayed Antoine Doinel, offering a chance to delve into his role and career.
  5. National Youth Day (August 12):

    • This day aligns well with the film's themes of adolescence and rebellion, offering a great discussion point on the challenges and experiences of youth.

Conclusion: Incorporate "Les 400 Coups" into your French curriculum to enhance language skills and give students a deeper understanding of French culture and the complexities of adolescence. This lesson plan, designed by teachers for teachers, includes structured activities, discussion questions, and cultural notes to enrich the learning experience. Explore our comprehensive film-based lesson plans and transform your language classes today! IMDB

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Director: François Truffaut

Cast: Jean-Pierre Léaud, Albert Rémy, Claire Maurier

Audio: DVD in French with optional English subtitles.

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