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Classic French Film to be Presented at Old Town Theatre

by Hannah Zedaker

SHSU’s Department of Mass Communication Classic Film series at Old Town Theatre continues with a free film screening of the 1959 French film, “The 400 Blows.” Directed by Francois Truffaut, “The 400 Blows” tells the story of the director’s own troubled childhood, through the role of his cinematic alter-ego “Antoine Dionel,” who attempts to escape the oppression of society by skipping school and causing mischief.

“’The 400 Blows’ is one of the most popular and successful French movies of all time,” Mass Communication Professor, Grant Wiedenfeld said. “François Truffaut won the ‘Best Director’ award at the 1959 Cannes Film Festival for it, and it launched the ‘New Wave’ of French cinema, known for stories about youth told with greater realism, especially on-location photography.”

Wiedenfeld, who teaches film production courses at Sam Houston State University, will introduce the film and lead a brief discussion afterward. The film will be viewed at Huntsville’s historic Old Town Theatre, as part of an ongoing partnership between the venue and the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication

“Those who attend the screening at The Old Town Theatre will see the beauty of Paris in the 1950s through the eyes of a poetic teenager, accompanied by the delightful French musical score,” Wiedenfeld said. “It’s a modern talking picture, so those of you who have been watching nothing but silent movies since the January screening of Metropolis can also hear 1950s France.”

Over the last several months, the College has hosted public screenings of classic movies like “Now Voyager,” “Nosferatu,” “A BetterTomorrow” and “Metropolis,” in fulfillment of the partnership with Old Town Theatre.  The newest addition to that list of screenings, “The 400 Blows,” will be viewed March 15 at 6:00 p.m. at Old Town Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

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Hannah Zedaker is with SHSU College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication.

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