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Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway)

Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway) (1960)


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The lighthearted comedy Zazie Dans Le Metro, an early directorial effort from Louis Malle, stars Catherine Demongeot as a 12-year-old girl named Zazie. Zazie is forced to travel to Paris when her mother wants to rendezvous with her lover. Zazie is left in the care of Uncle Gabriel (Philippe Noiret), an eccentric transvestite. Both with him, and on her own, Zazie meets a variety of unusual city dwellers, and gets into a series of misadventures that reach their greatest level of wackiness during a

Jun 28, 2011

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So inventive that it's exhausting, this is a rare thing indeed -- a family film for cynics.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Arguably Louis Malle's best work.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It has some risible bits but is, in all, somewhat diffuse.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Malle uses tons of editing tricks, both crude and cutting edge for the time, and turns Paris into a wild playground for a wonderfully anarchic romp.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source:

a fun movie in its own way, but also one that wears on you by the end, as Malle exhausts us while exhausting his arsenal of cinematic tricks

July 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Jazzy and daring...takes Raymond Queneau's novel-the sort generally considered 'unfilmable' and makes a film so cinematic as to appear sui generis. [Blu-ray]

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Zazie, you're so darned adorable, you even make getting picked up by Aqualung look like fun.

June 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Malle's movie is an anarchist farce, baldly, bravely approximating the worldview of its titular heroine, a spritely, irreverent, vandalizing brat.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Brilliant if barking mad.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

The film is a visual feast that's well-acted and charming more often than not, but those looking for a tighter narrative or well-knit plot may prefer Malle's more serious-minded works.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

An acquired taste, but for those who are big fans of challenging, chaotic new wave French cinema go wild.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It works, not despite its mélange of slapstick, tragedy, farce and satire, but because of it.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Senses of Cinema
Senses of Cinema

I don't believe that I'm familiar with any New Wave film so full of that energy as Louis Malle's third feature, Zazie in the Metro.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Even if it's a failure, which I think it is, it's still an interesting failure with possibilities there's something worth picking up out of the rubble. Just don't ask me what that is at this time.

May 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Zazie dans le métro (Zazie in the Subway)

Young Zazie goes to Paris and stays with her exotic dancer uncle (really!); the only thing she wants to see is the Metro, but the workers are on strike, so she explores the city instead. An utterly absurd comedy full of editing tricks, nonsense wordplay, and bizarre incidents (when they climb the Eiffel Tower they find a sea captain and a polar bear on top). If you could somehow cross-breed Charlie Chaplin and Luis Bunuel, this is the movie the mutant hybrid would direct.
August 25, 2011
Greg S

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Louis Malle delivers one heck of a film in Zazie dans le metro.Zazie arrives in Paris wanting to see the metro; unfortunately, the workers are on strike. So, instead she runs amuck throughout the rest of Paris. That about sums up the story for this picture. It doesn't sound like much, and it really isn't, but for a film that is just under 90 minutes it delights from beginning to end.Where there is a lack of depth in the story and the characters, the film makes up for in style. The pacing is frantic and so are the camera tricks. Scenes speed up and down, along with the background music, while stop tricks move characters around in the blink of an eye. All this is what makes the film as fun as it is and it eventually leads up to one heck of a bizarre finale. The multiple chase scenes are also worthy of note.Catherine Demongeot is a blast to watch as the foul mouthed Zazie and the rest of the cast find a way to blend right in with the rest of the picture.Zazie dans le metro can be a little annoying with its style and humor, but overall, it is a recommendable French comedic film.
November 10, 2010
JY Skacto

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For the child in everyone, Zazie dans le métro will only appeal if you're comfortable laughing at yourself. Zazie is young, confident and very funny but unfortunately also a little annoying. It's a little dated to be fair and it's not my favourite Malle film but it is charming and I love the scene at the top of the Eiffel Tower!
May 11, 2010

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