The 400 Blows Character Analysis

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The 400 Blows Prompt #1 Though initially Antoine is an unsympathetic character because he is mischievous, through the camera’s movements I came to understand more about Antoine as the movie progressed. Singerman argues that when Antoine is arrested his experience is “softened”, and as a result he is protected from the exterior world. Another scene that also shows a softening effect is the jogging scene that starts at 0:46:32. Though the world is often portrayed as being a cruel, harsh place where a child cannot survive on his own, in the jogging scene the world is portrayed as an escape for the children. At 0:52:43, there is an overhead shot, which allows the audience to see the progression of the jog, as well a large part of the scenery.

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