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Zazie dans le Metro

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Zazie Dans Le Metro

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
Unrated
runtime:
89 minutes
performer:
Catherine Demongeot, Anna Karina, Philippe Noiret
director:
Louis Malle
distributor:
New Yorker Video
author:
7622
genre:
Foreign Language, Comedy, Drama

We gave it a B+

If you think the French New Wave was all ennui and heartbreak, however, you owe it to yourself to check out Zazie dans le Métro, Louis Malle’s certifiably demented third film. It’s in color (the print here is lovely to see), and it blends the New Wave’s rule-breaking rudeness with the hyperactive slapstick of the Keystone Kops. Nominally following the adventures of Zazie (Catherine Demongeot), a distaff Bart Simpson visiting her Parisian ”Unkie” (Philippe Noiret), Zazie compresses throwaway gags, sped-up chases, rash insults, and spectacular destruction into a French Laugh-In with anarchic bite. So inventive that it’s exhausting, this is a rare thing indeed-a family film for cynics. B+

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