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Zero for Conduct (1933)

Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 21 June 1947 (USA)
In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

Director:

Jean Vigo

Writer:

Jean Vigo (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Dasté ... Surveillant Huguet
Robert le Flon Robert le Flon ... Surveillant Pète-Sec
Du Verron Du Verron ... Surveillant-Général Bec-de-Gaz (as du Verron)
Delphin Delphin ... Principal du Collège
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Professeur (as Larive)
Madame Émile Madame Émile ... Mère Haricot (as Mme. Emile)
Louis de Gonzague Louis de Gonzague ... Préfet (as Louis de Gonzague-Frick)
Raphaël Diligent Raphaël Diligent ... Pompier (as Rafa Diligent)
Louis Lefebvre Louis Lefebvre ... Caussat
Gilbert Pruchon Gilbert Pruchon ... Colin
Constantin Goldstein-Kehler Constantin Goldstein-Kehler ... Bruel (as Coco Golstein)
Gérard de Bédarieux Gérard de Bédarieux ... Tabard
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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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Short | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zero de Conduite See more »

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Production Co:

Franfilmdis, Argui-Film See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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77 years after Jean Vigo's death, his daughter and film critic Luce Vigo accepted the 2011 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award -- named after persecuted Soviet filmmakers Sergei Parajanov and Mikhail Vartanov -- posthumously honoring Vigo for the masterpiece Zero for Conduct (1933); Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight presented the award and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese sent a letter for the occasion with words on Vigo, Paradjanov and Vartanov, all of whom had struggled against censorship. 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 »

Quotes

Tabard: War is declared! Down with monitors and punishment! Long live rebellion! Liberty or death! Hoist our flag on the school roof! Stand firm with us tomorrow! We'll bombard them with rotten old books, dirty tin cans, smelly boots and all the ammo piled up in the attic! We'll fight those old goats on commemoration day! Onward!
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Disjointed but fascinating
17 August 2007 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Vigo's first (and penultimate) fiction feature is a precocious but messy work that serves notice of the huge talent he possesses while clearly showing that he is still a man learning his trade. The story as such tells of a revolt by schoolboys against their strict masters, but it wanders all over the place and appears either to have suffered at the hands of some inept editor's scissors, or to contain an abundance of nascent ideas that Vigo has chosen – or been forced – to put to screen before they were fully formed. It all makes for a fragmented and episodic structure that nevertheless somehow seems to add to the charm of the piece. Interspersed between these disjointed plot developments are some eerily surreal moments, such as when the midget headmaster straightens his tie in the mirror and his reflection moves away a second or two after him, which ensure that this film, while not the finished article, is never less than fascinating.


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