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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

Certificate:

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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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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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Zero for Conduct is a pretty good film
13 September 2000 | by zetesSee all my reviews

Zero for Conduct is a pretty good film about children. So often in movies children act exactly as the director commands them to, so they always seem like they are just speaking lines without knowing why they are doing so. In a film like Zero for Conduct or, even better, Truffaut's The 400 Blows, the child actors are allowed to be children. The children in this film are very true to life, and thus there is great value in this film. Another merit this film has is a teacher who does Charlie Chaplin impressions, and is for this reason more popular with the students. The film does have a lot of problems, though, most of which are not the fault of Vigo, the director. I understand that the production was rushed and incomplete when the shooting was wrapped up. As a result of this, the editing is sloppy. The film is sort of difficult to follow. Plus, possibly its biggest flaw, it ends very abruptly. There is no resolution.


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