Zazie dans le Métro

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Malle's third feature plunges us straight back into the world of New Wave jiggery-pokery, with jump-cuts, lavish in-jokes, and a whirlwind narrative (taken from Raymond Queneau's delightful novel) centred around a precocious brat (Demongeot) lewd enough to give a few tips to the Jodie Foster of Taxi Driver. It has survived the years much better than other indulgent frolics, mainly because Malle really does seem motivated by gleeful malice and anarchy - he's not just toying with a fashionable mood. This spirit captured even underground guru Jonas Mekas, who commented on the original US release, 'The fact that the film is a failure means nothing. Didn't God create a failure too?'

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Louis Malle
Screenwriter: Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Louis Malle
Cast: Vittorio Caprioli
Yvonne Clech
Philippe Noiret
Catherine Demongeot
Annie Fratellini
Hubert Deschamps
Antoine Roblot
Jacques Dufilho
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