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Zazie dans le Métro (1960)

Zazie dans le métro (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Fantasy | 20 November 1961 (USA)
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With her mother away for the weekend, a brash and precocious ten-year-old country-girl sets out to explore Paris during a Métro strike, under her uncle's not-so-watchful eye. Can a little girl cause so much chaos in the heart of the city?

Director:

Louis Malle

Writers:

Raymond Queneau (novel), Louis Malle | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Demongeot ... Zazie
Philippe Noiret ... Oncle Gabriel
Hubert Deschamps ... Turandot
Carla Marlier ... Albertine
Annie Fratellini Annie Fratellini ... Mado
Vittorio Caprioli ... Trouscaillon
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Ferdinand Grédoux
Yvonne Clech Yvonne Clech ... Madame Mouaque
Odette Piquet Odette Piquet ... La mère de Zazie
Nicolas Bataille Nicolas Bataille ... Fédor
Antoine Roblot Antoine Roblot ... Charles
Marc Doelnitz Marc Doelnitz ... M. Coquetti
Jacques Gheusi Jacques Gheusi ... Le gérant
Christine Howard Christine Howard
Louis Lalanne Louis Lalanne ... L'amant de Jeanne
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Storyline

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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Louis Malle's Comedy With No Holds Barred! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French | Russian

Release Date:

20 November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zazie dans le Métro See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first film of Catherine Demongeot. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Zazie: We taking the metro, Unc?
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Connections

Referenced in Le Paris de Zazie (2005) See more »

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Beware of the Child
11 June 2009 | by RindianaSee all my reviews

This has to be seen to be believed! Malle seems just as well to be the victim of Zazie's dark whirlwind surrealism as the audience themselves. Never again achieved an adolescent movie character such an anarchic quality. Despite all the displays of technical outrageousness and pure buffoonery, the pic never feels as superficially sketch-like as many of Dick Lester's works. And the complete lack of warmheartedness is a relief in a picture featuring a young girl!

Now that's a truly original way to declass French bourgeoisie and throw an anti-Fascist pie in their faces! And it's one of the few hommages to silent comedy (amongst sundry allusions to cinema and social topics) that really work. And it's one of Malle's best.

9 out of 10 polar bears


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