Silver Screen Studies


Silver Screen Studies is a recurring screening and discussion series that pairs films with special presentations by scholars and cinema experts. Whether you are a seasoned cinephile or just film-curious you’ll enjoy these classics that everyone deserves to see on the big screen.

Special thanks to our series sponsors, Aaron and Andrea West.


Jan 19

The 400 Blows (1959)

Directed by Francois Truffaut in 1959.

One of the most intensely touching stories ever made about a young adolescent and inspired by Truffaut's own early life, The 400 Blows follows a young Parisian boy Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Léaud) who's life is one difficult situation after another. Surrounded by inconsiderate adults, including his neglectful parents (Claire Maurier, Albert Remy), Antoine spends his days with his best friend, Rene (Patrick Auffray), trying to plan for a better life. When one of their schemes goes awry, Antoine ends up in trouble with the law, leading to even more conflicts with unsympathetic authority figures. 

Part of Silver Screen Studies. Screening January 19 at 2pm.

I demand that a film express either the joy of making cinema or the agony of making cinema. I am not at all interested in anything in between.

--Francois Truffaut

Part of Silver Screen Studies. Screening January 19 at 2pm.

Join us for a talkback with Susan Felleman, Professor of Art History & Film and Media Studies at USC.