UPenn Cinema Studies
Zazie dans le Metro
dir. Louis Malle, France, 1960, 35mm, 92 mins., color, French w/ English subtitles
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF SHOWTIME TO 8:30PM.
Introduction and post-film Q&A by Justine Malle (Louis Malle’s daughter)
A brash and precocious ten-year-old (Catherine Demongeot) comes to Paris for a whirlwind weekend with her rakish uncle (Philippe Noiret); he and the viewer get more than they bargained for, however, in this anarchic comedy from Louis Malle, which rides roughshod over the City of Light. Based on a popular novel by Raymond Queneau that had been considered unadaptable, Malle’s audacious Zazie dans le métro, made with flair on the cusp of the French New Wave, is a bit of stream-of-consciousness slapstick, wall-to-wall with visual gags, editing tricks, and effects.
This symposium was made possible by a Conference Grant from Provost’s Interdisciplinary Arts Fund and an SAS Conference Support Grant.