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Zéro de conduite

Jean Vigo

 
  • France
  • 1933
  • 44 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.19:1
  • French
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So effervescent and charming that one can easily forget its importance in film history, Jean Vigo’s enormously influential portrait of prankish boarding-school students is one of cinema’s great acts of rebellion. Based on the director’s own experiences as a youth, Zéro de conduite presents childhood as a time of unfettered imagination and brazen rule-flouting. It’s a sweet-natured vision of sabotage made vivid by dynamic visual experiments—including the famous, blissful slow-motion pillow fight.

Cast

Credits

DirectorJean Vigo
ScreenplayJean Vigo
CollaboratorsAlbert Riéra, Henri Storck and Pierre Merle
SoundRoyné–Bocquel
Director of photographyBoris Kaufman
Operator assistantLouis Berger
Dialogue byCharles Goldblatt
MusicMaurice Jaubert
EditingJean Vigo

Film Essays

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Jean Vigo

By Michael Almereyda August 31, 2011

His films are “sophisticated and jagged, playful and incendiary, innocent and savage.” Learn about the world and work of the great French filmmaker. Read more »


Film Essays

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Zéro de conduite: Rude Freedom

By B. Kite August 31, 2011

Jean Vigo’s tale of boarding-school rebellion is still crazily young and vibrant after all these years. Read more »

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Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

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Press Notes: The Complete Jean Vigo

September 12, 2011

“Minute for minute, there is almost certainly no more influential figure in all of cinema than Jean Vigo,” contends Dennis Lim in his Los Angeles Times review of Criterion’s The Complete Jean . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Currentvigo_thumbnail

Jean Vigo

By Michael Almereyda August 31, 2011

His films are “sophisticated and jagged, playful and incendiary, innocent and savage.” Learn about the world and work of the great French filmmaker. Read more »


Film Essays

Zero_current_507_013_thumbnail

Zéro de conduite: Rude Freedom

By B. Kite August 31, 2011

Jean Vigo’s tale of boarding-school rebellion is still crazily young and vibrant after all these years. Read more »