During the 40’s and 50’s the instability of the French Government was marked by the Fourth Republic of France during the problematic post-war economic growth mainly caused by the pre-war Third Republic which in turn mirrored the French film industry and created the building blocks for creative content to lean towards pre-war aesthetic choices,and creative and financial privilege only for those already established within the French film industry. This is when Henri Langlois (Cinematheque Francais) and many other artists began creating cine-clubs and film societies that would film art-house films and classic films, that would rebel against the system and create a provocation that would breed what would later become the French New Wave. These artists were in turn mixing a rebel yell to a society that was already prone to adhering to archaic restriction and authority. It was only a natural course of events for a movement such as the French New Wave to take shape.
The symbolic theme of the 400 Blows I think encapsulates the communal voice of the movement through the character,Antoine and how he reacts to the world around him. It seems as if the France was waiting for a film like this to be made whether they liked it or not. There was many outrage by French citizens when the film was released, but it is almost as if many people disliked it because they didnt want to accept the truth of their beloved country. Regardless, the film played as a poetic cry for help that helped launch a revolution that would push cinema to greater heights and overall storytelling innovations.