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Zero for Conduct (1933)
"Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège" (original title)

 -  Short | Comedy | Drama  -  21 June 1947 (USA)
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In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

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Complete credited cast:
Jean Dasté ...
Surveillant Huguet
Robert le Flon ...
Surveillant Pète-Sec
Du Verron ...
Surveillant-Général Bec-de-Gaz (as du Verron)
Delphin ...
Principal du Collège
Léon Larive ...
Professeur (as Larive)
Madame Émile ...
Mère Haricot (as Mme. Emile)
Louis de Gonzague ...
Préfet (as Louis de Gonzague-Frick)
Raphaël Diligent ...
Pompier (as Rafa Diligent)
Louis Lefebvre ...
Caussat
Gilbert Pruchon ...
Colin
Constantin Goldstein-Kehler ...
Bruel (as Coco Golstein)
Gérard de Bédarieux ...
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After the holidays, Caussat and Bruel are going back to the boarding school, where their life is sad, dull, as all prisoner's ones. But there is plot setting up for a revolt... Written by Yepok

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Zero de Conduite  »

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Banned by the French censor until well after World War II. See more »

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When the students tie the teacher to the bed, the position of his hands and the bed covers changes between shots as the bed is raised. See more »

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Surrealistic and Anarchist Satire
19 September 2010 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

"Zéro de Conduite: Jeunes Diables au College" is based on the real life experience of Jean Vigo, who was the son of an anarchist militant that died in jail and was abandoned by his mother at the age of twelve, passing from boarding school to boarding school along his childhood. He died with only twenty-nine years old one year after the release of this film in France on 07 April 1933, but it has been censored by the French authorities until 15 February 1946.

Every decade, the cinema industry releases at least one movie about the relationship between students and teachers that reflects the behavior of the society. The surrealistic and anarchist satire "Zéro de Conduite: Jeunes Diables au College" shows a repressive school and is probably the predecessor to explore this theme in 1933. Therefore it is influential and important to see it at least once. François Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" (1959); James Clavell's "To Sir with Love" (1967); John N. Smith's Dangerous Minds (1995); Laurent Cantet's "Entre les Murs" (2008) among others, are more recent movies that discloses the increasing violence and lack of respect for the authorities in school and consequently in the society itself. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Zero de Conduite"


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