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Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows + Analysis

by Henri Decae.

I have compiled virtually every camera movement in Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows. Camera pans, and the like I did not include (I’m lying, there’s a few there, lol) because the main concern of the Movements series is exactly that – camera movements – which include any kind of physical movement of the camera from point A to point B, such as a tracking shot or a dolly – mostly the dolly. The point is to get as many examples of camera movements in various films to get a better understanding of how a camera can be used and why.

If you missed the first episode – you can check it out here. For the first one, I did not provide any kind of analysis, but I feel – because of my own growth as a filmmaker – I wanted to do one for The 400 Blows. Just remember, the analysis is all based on my own understanding of cinema from watching films, and reading a lot of books on cinema.

I will simply list the numbers of shots in chronological order and you can watch the video and read this analysis if you’d like to hear my breakdown on them all – right now I cannot upload reference screen captures, but I will do so most likely by the end of the week.

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