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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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Storyline

Bruel, Caussat and Colin are three students at a boarding school. There is a continual battle between the school's authority figures and students. The teachers and monitors are always giving the three in particular "zero for conduct" and Sunday detention for their behavior. Conversely, most of the students believe the headmaster, teachers and monitors are a combination of authoritarian, inept, and/or corrupt. The one exception among the teachers is Huguet, newly arrived to the school, he who has a penchant for imitating Charles Chaplin as the Little Tramp, and to do handstands whenever the mood suits him, which includes in class. The boys are always doing whatever it takes to amuse themselves, which if it causes the teachers grief, so much the better. The three are the masterminds of a plot to overtake the school's Commemoration Day celebrations. The one student not involved is Tabard, who is seen as a sissy among the student body. Bruel believes Tabard should be involved. An act by ... Written by Huggo

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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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In the final scenes, when the young rebels are climbing the roofs, Tabard's shorts change from black to gray. 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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Surrealistic and Anarchist Satire
19 September 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee 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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