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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

The original novel written in 1959 by Raymond Queneau was ranked #36 in the list of the "100 Books of the 20th Century", according to a poll conducted in the spring of 1999 by the French retailer Fnac and the Paris newspaper Le Monde. See more »

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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

Albertine: For an engagement, a medium white is indispensable, with a touch of virginal silver.
Mado: I'll skip the virginal part.
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When it came out it created its own lunatic genre.
22 October 2005 | by Bobbyh-2See all my reviews

I saw "Zazie" in Paris in 1962, and my French at that time was rudimentary. Nevertheless, for sheer manic energy, wonderful visual comedy, and performances that transcended the language barrier, I loved it. I've seen it since and still love it. Among its other virtues for me, this film introduced me to the marvelous actor Philippe Noiret. Malle proved to be a director with virtually unlimited range with respect to style and mood. Consider some of his other fine films: "Lacombe, Lucien," "Atlantic City," "Murmur of the Heart," and "My Dinner with Andre," to name only a few. I guess what Richard Lester did with the Beatles might be close to this when it comes to sheer antic charm, but I think "Zazie"still stands alone. Unless you have zero tolerance for whimsy and insist on Deep Meaning in your movies, I think that you're likely to enjoy this one...if you can find it.


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