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Zazie dans le métro (The Criterion Collection)
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The adults in Zazie are always just two steps behind the little dynamo as she zips around the city, leaving good-natured chaos in her wake. This new Criterion disc is a wonderful addition to any film-lover's collection, for Zazie dans le métro itself is restored to show the brilliance of cinematographer Henri Raichi and the splendid set design that makes the streets of Paris, just below its breathtaking landmarks, a pastiche of early '60s cubist colors. Not to be missed is the documentary interview with assistant director Philippe Collin, Le Paris de Zazie, in which Collin recalls the installation around the city of graphic, and graphically dramatic, panels in the background that tie Zazie dans the métro together with energy and pizazz. Or maybe that should be pizazie. --A.T. Hurley
Archival interviews with director Louis Malle, novelist Raymond Queneau, and the young actress Catherine Demongeot
Le Paris de Zazie, an interview with assistant director Philippe Collin
Original theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
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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 ...
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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
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