(out of 5)
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 Philippe Noiret 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 Catherine Demongeot 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.
Directed by Louis Malle
Cinematography by Henri Raichi
Produced by Louis Malle
Production Design by Bernard Evein
Costume Design by Marc Doelnitz
Film Editing by Kenout Peltier
Cast Tags: Alegrina, Annie Fratellini, Antoine Roblot, Arlette Balkis, Carla Marlier,Catherine Demongeot,Christine Howard, Claude Confortès, Criterion Collection, De Lannoy, Georges Faye, Hubert Deschamps, Irène Chabrier, Jacqueline Doyen, Jacques Dufilho,Jacques Gheusi, Jean-Pierre Posier, Jean-Yves Bouvier,Jeanne Allard, Little Bara, Louis Lalanne, Max Desrau,Nicolas Bataille, Odette Piquet, Paul Vally, Philippe Noiret, Simone Duhart, Virginie Merlin, Vittorio Caprioli,Yvonne Clech.