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Zazie dans le métro (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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Archival interviews with director Louis Malle, novelist Raymond Queneau, and the young actress Catherine Demongeot
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Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
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Shot largely as if it were a slapstick silent film, this is one wacky, odd romp around Paris. The Eiffel tower scenes are surely one-of-a-kind and worth the price of admission alone.
You won't really find yourself laughing a lot so much as just marveling at the spectacle of the thing.
What starts as a very realistic look at Paris through the eyes of a 10-year-old girl gradually slips into impressionism and finally into surrealism (the final fight in the restaurant). The more I think about it, I think Malle's absurdities work very well during the various chase sequences, but go a bit over the top during the restaurant fight.
What also struck me was the sexual ambiguity of the characters. Zazie's uncle is, of course, a professional female impersonator. But watch her aunt, a beautiful woman who starts out as a very domesticed housewife and gradually becomes more and more masculine, until at the end, she looks like one of the motorcycle thugs pursuing Orpheus. And Zazie herself begins as a charming young girl, but shocks you when she accuses a man trying to prevent her from running away of being a sexual preditor. Later, as she descends the Eiffel Tower, the makes sexual overtures to a much older man.
As I say, a strange film. Funny. Thought provoking and disorienting. But entertaining ...
Never to back down from a challenge, French filmmaker Louise Malle known for his popular films "The Lovers" and "Elevators to the Gallows" took on a film adaptation of "Zazie dans le métro". A film which Malle would say it was a tribute to Charlie Chaplin and also a film that would lead to film experimentation with special effects and colorization.
And as for the film, the film would receive critical acclaim but also controversy as many parents thought the film was targeted towards children, and took their children to the film to find out quickly when the young 10-year-old Zazie speaks that the film is not for children.
For Louis Malle fans, many have wanted more of his films to be released by the Criterion Collection and sure enough, "Zazie dans le métro" and "Black Moon" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD in June 2011.
"Zazie dans le métro" is a film that is not easy to describe, because it is a film that has to be experienced visually. Words to describe the film would not serve the film any justice because the enjoyment goes bar beyond the written words but what takes place on screen.
"Zazie dans le métro - The Criterion Collection #570' is presented in 1:33:1 aspect ratio. It's important to note that the film was a big experimentation with color and filmmaking, especially special effects at that time.Read more ›
Not all of it works, but the parts that don't are just brief pauses in the madness that otherwise fills the film from wall to wall. The lulls are almost even welcome because it might be tiring with the laugh-a-second approach of the first hour.
Make no mistake, this movie is pure insanity from start to finish, and as such it might not be to everyone's taste. But if you appreciate a little weirdness in your day, I think you'll find that this movie has some of the most inspired weirdness around.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the funniest movie I have ever seen. The background shifts as the characters go from one crazy scene to another. I love it being set in the '60's in Paris. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Martha
i love this movie. easily one of my favorite movies. a must buy if you like french new wave slap-sticky wacky coolness confusion etc etc.Published 14 months ago by Roger Ramirez
As much as I admire Louis Malle's serious films (and I do!), it is genuinely painful to watch his attempts at humor. Read morePublished 22 months ago by RANDEL
This was sent to a friend whom I assume enjoyed it. I know nothing about this movie myself, but the friend was happy with it, I believe, since i hadn't heard anything to the... Read morePublished on May 31, 2013 by Wayne D. Kyle
If you're at all interested in French culture you should first read the book in French but this is a tremendous movie. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by HWatson
Hands-down this is the most playful movie I've ever seen, and even after a half dozen viewings, I still can't watch it without having a goofy grin on my face almost all the way... Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Fassbinder Fan
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