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Zero for Conduct (1933)

Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 21 June 1947 (USA)
In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the direction on a celebration day.

Director:

Jean Vigo

Writer:

Jean Vigo (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Dasté ... Surveillant Huguet
Robert le Flon Robert le Flon ... Surveillant Pète-Sec
Du Verron Du Verron ... Surveillant-Général Bec-de-Gaz (as du Verron)
Delphin Delphin ... Principal du Collège
Léon Larive Léon Larive ... Professeur (as Larive)
Madame Émile Madame Émile ... Mère Haricot (as Mme. Emile)
Louis de Gonzague Louis de Gonzague ... Préfet (as Louis de Gonzague-Frick)
Raphaël Diligent Raphaël Diligent ... Pompier (as Rafa Diligent)
Louis Lefebvre Louis Lefebvre ... Caussat
Gilbert Pruchon Gilbert Pruchon ... Colin
Constantin Goldstein-Kehler Constantin Goldstein-Kehler ... Bruel (as Coco Golstein)
Gérard de Bédarieux Gérard de Bédarieux ... Tabard
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Storyline

Bruel, Caussat and Colin are three students at a boarding school. There is a continual battle between the school's authority figures and students. The teachers and monitors are always giving the three in particular "zero for conduct" and Sunday detention for their behavior. Conversely, most of the students believe the headmaster, teachers and monitors are a combination of authoritarian, inept, and/or corrupt. The one exception among the teachers is Huguet, newly arrived to the school, he who has a penchant for imitating Charles Chaplin as the Little Tramp, and to do handstands whenever the mood suits him, which includes in class. The boys are always doing whatever it takes to amuse themselves, which if it causes the teachers grief, so much the better. The three are the masterminds of a plot to overtake the school's Commemoration Day celebrations. The one student not involved is Tabard, who is seen as a sissy among the student body. Bruel believes Tabard should be involved. An act by ... Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

21 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zero de Conduite See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Franfilmdis, Argui-Film See more »
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Runtime:

| (original cut) | (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Banned by the French censor until well after World War II. See more »

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In the final scenes, when the young rebels are climbing the roofs, Tabard's shorts change from black to gray. See more »

Quotes

Tabard: War is declared! Down with monitors and punishment! Long live rebellion! Liberty or death! Hoist our flag on the school roof! Stand firm with us tomorrow! We'll bombard them with rotten old books, dirty tin cans, smelly boots and all the ammo piled up in the attic! We'll fight those old goats on commemoration day! Onward!
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Disjointed but fascinating
17 August 2007 | by JoeytheBritSee all my reviews

Vigo's first (and penultimate) fiction feature is a precocious but messy work that serves notice of the huge talent he possesses while clearly showing that he is still a man learning his trade. The story as such tells of a revolt by schoolboys against their strict masters, but it wanders all over the place and appears either to have suffered at the hands of some inept editor's scissors, or to contain an abundance of nascent ideas that Vigo has chosen – or been forced – to put to screen before they were fully formed. It all makes for a fragmented and episodic structure that nevertheless somehow seems to add to the charm of the piece. Interspersed between these disjointed plot developments are some eerily surreal moments, such as when the midget headmaster straightens his tie in the mirror and his reflection moves away a second or two after him, which ensure that this film, while not the finished article, is never less than fascinating.


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