Zazie dans le métro Zazie dans le métro

Zazie dans le métro

Louis Malle

Zazie dans le métro (Criterion Blu-Ray)


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  • France
  • 1960
  • 92 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  • Spine #570

A brash and precocious ten-year-old (Catherine Demongeot) comes to Paris for a whirlwind weekend with her rakish uncle (Philippe Noiret); he and the viewer get more than they bargained for, however, in this anarchic comedy from Louis Malle, which rides roughshod over the City of Light. Based on a popular novel by Raymond Queneau that had been considered unadaptable, Malle’s audacious Zazie dans le métro, made with flair on the cusp of the French New Wave, is a bit of stream-of-consciousness slapstick, wall-to-wall with visual gags, editing tricks, and effects.


ZazieCatherine Demongeot
Uncle GabrielPhilippe Noiret
TurandotHubert Deschamps
AlbertineCarla Marlier
MadoAnnie Fratellini
TrouscaillonVittorio Caprioli
Ferdinand GrédouxJacques Dufilho
Madame Mouaque Yvonne Clech
CharlesAntoine Roblot
Zazie’s mother Odette Piquet
FédorNicolas Bataille


DirectorLouis Malle
Based on the novel byRaymond Queneau
Adapted byLouis Malle and Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Director of photographyHenri Raichi
EditingKenout Peltier
MusicFiorenzo Carpi
Production designBernard Evein
Assistant directorPhilippe Collin
Sound engineerAndré Hervée
Artistic consultantWilliam Klein
CostumesMarc Doelnitz
Makeup artistAïda Carange

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Archival video interviews with director Louis Malle, novelist Raymond Queneau, actress Catherine Demongeot, and screenwriter Jean-Paul Rappeneau
  • New audio interview with director and photographer William Klein, artistic consultant on the film
  • Le Paris de Zazie, a 2005 video piece featuring assistant director Philippe Collin
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau

    New cover by Yan Legandre

Photo Galleries

Designed by William Klein

April 19, 2012

Press Notes

Press Notes: Malle x 2

July 14, 2011

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By Ginette VincendeauJune 28, 2011

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