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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PLUS: A new essay by film scholar Ginette Vincendeau
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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.
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.
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 ›
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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 on March 30, 2014 by RANDEL
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
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