Zazie Dans Le Metro (1960)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

France/Italy, 1960.  .  Screenplay by Louis Malle, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Louis Malle.  Music by , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Zazie is excited to come to the big city of Paris for a weekend with her uncle because she wants to ride the subway; huge disappointment, then, when it turns out to be closed due to a strike. Naturally, the next best thing is to cause all manner of mayhem throughout the City of Lights, which she does in this delightfully absurd, brightly coloured comedy that features a hilariously deadpan as the man in charge. Traffic jams and madcap slapstick in restaurants is just the beginning of the delicious fun to be had here, with a terrific in the lead and Louis Malle’s impeccably controlled direction doing a fantastic job of making it feel frenetic and carefree without ever letting it get messy. Plus, the photography is simply gorgeous.

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