Zazie dans le métro (1960)

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This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Demongeot ...
Uncle Gabriel
Hubert Deschamps ...
Carla Marlier ...
Annie Fratellini ...
Vittorio Caprioli ...
Jacques Dufilho ...
Ferdinand Grédoux
Yvonne Clech ...
Madame Mouaque
Odette Piquet ...
Zazie's mother
Nicolas Bataille ...
Antoine Roblot ...
Marc Doelnitz ...
M. Coquetti
Jacques Gheusi ...
Le gérant
Christine Howard
Louis Lalanne ...
L'amant de Jeanne


This merry farce depicts a satirical view of the French society: Ten-year-old Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. However Zazie escapes her uncle's custody and sets out to explore Paris on her own. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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Louis Malle's Comedy With No Holds Barred !


Comedy | Fantasy


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Release Date:

20 November 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Zazie dans le métro  »

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In the scene where the characters are looking down from the balcony at the cab driver and the waitress embracing, after the line: 'Okay, hurry up', there is an overhead shot of a man eating at a table. Next to him, there is an issue of the October 1959 issue of Mad Magazine. See more »


When the policeman is harassing the sexy blonde lady with the blue dress, the crew is visible on the windows of one of the cars passing by. See more »


Uncle Gabriel: I got a confession stuck in my craw. I can't hold it in no more! I'll say nothing of my youth. Of my upbringing, I had none. Of my education, there's little to tell. On this score, there's no more to say. Now I come to my military service on which I won't dwell. A bachelor early on, life made me what I am. Rise, descend, descend, rise, come, go - so does Man until he finally vanishes. A taxi bringeth him. An elevator taketh him away. Neither the Tower nor the Pantheon take any note. All Paris ...
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Referenced in Amélie (2001) See more »

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That's how Roadrunner cartoon would look like on caffeine
23 May 1999 | by (Mad City, WI) – See all my reviews

Frankly, in the world of corny jokes and lightweight punchlines of the Hollywood comedies I hunger for the good old French physical comedy. Malle is one of the best ju-ju men in the business and in Zazie laughs never stop. Actually, in this movie anything ever stops as people are running rather then walking and driving rather than sitting still. The story is quite simple, a little girl is sent by her mother to Paris to her uncle and the only thing she wants really is to see subway (metro). Of course she runs away, of course everybody starting after her, of course there are some dumb cops and sinister-looking strangers... Or maybe I got it all wrong for having laughed so hard I could not read the subtitles (and my French would barely guide me through a menu in some bistro). Think of it as a live action Roadrunner movie on caffeine...

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