Jean Vigo

Zéro de conduite

Zéro de conduite

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.

Film Info

  • Jean Vigo
  • France
  • 1933
  • 44 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.19:1
  • French

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Collector's Set

The Complete Jean Vigo

The Complete Jean Vigo

Blu-Ray Box Set

1 Disc

$31.96

Collector's Set

The Complete Jean Vigo

The Complete Jean Vigo

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

$23.96

Zéro de conduite
Cast
Jean Dasté
Huguet
Robert Le Flon
Perrain (Old Tightass)
Blanchar, a.k.a. Du Verron
General supervisor (Beanpole)
Delphin
Headmaster
Léon Larive
M. Viot
Madame Émile
Ma Beans
Louis de Gonzague-Frick
Government prefect
Louis Lefebvre
Caussat
Gilbert Pruchon
Colin
Coco Golstein/Constantin Kelber
Bruel
Gérard de Bédarieux
Tabard
Louis Berger
Guardian
Henri Storck
Priest
Credits
Director
Jean Vigo
Screenplay
Jean Vigo
Collaborators
Albert Riéra
Collaborators
Henri Storck
Collaborators
Pierre Merle
Sound
Royné–Bocquel
Director of photography
Boris Kaufman
Operator assistant
Louis Berger
Dialogue by
Charles Goldblatt
Music
Maurice Jaubert
Editing
Jean Vigo

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