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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?


Louis Malle


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





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 ... 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


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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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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The best... if you are fluent in french
2 November 2000 | by sm.starmanSee all my reviews

Raymond Queneau is my favorite writer. He was one of the rare giants of french litterature who could make you really laugh out loud while you were reading one of his classics.

ZAZIE DANS LE MÉTRO was his funniest novel, but if you are not fluent in french, you will miss a lot of the jokes; Queneau loved to play with the language.

Fortunately, Louis Malle has done a good job in adapting the humor of Queneau, translating the novel into a more visual, slapstick, cartoon-like movie. An intelligent comedy that is it's own unique category.

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