In this episode, Jim discusses Francois Truffaut’s The 400 Blows.
I sympathized more with the adults than the miscreant kid in 400 Blows (which is still my favorite French New Wave film, assuming Melville’s aren’t included). They don’t “misunderstand” him, adults were previously kids and are fully aware it’s more fun to break the rules, skip school & steal than to sit obedient in class. Part of growing up is learning that you can’t just do whatever you feel like. I’ve never watched any thing from the “cinema of quality” (as far as I know) so I don’t know what kind of films they were rebelling against and whether the New Wave was actually better.
Also, my recollection was that he just copied Balzac and passed it off as his own work, so it was plagiarism rather than “homage” or a paraphrase.
It’s accurate to say that he ripped it off, but at the same time, I also think it’s a bit of a misnomer to describe it as such. Yes, he plagiarized, but he’s also a kid – he doesn’t grasp the full creative concept of homage; all he understands is that he read a story that spoke to the truth of his life
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