Zéro de Conduite (1933)

Original Title : Zéro de conduite
Director : Jean Vigo
Writer : Jean Vigo
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Jacques-Louis Nounez , Jean Vigo
Music : Maurice Jaubert
Photography : Boris Kaufman
IMDB ID : 0024803
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Zéro de Conduite (1933) - Jean Vigo


Jean Dasté Monitor Huguet
Robert le Flon Monitor 'Péte-Sec'
Du Verron Chief monitor 'Bec-de-Gaz' (as du Verron
Delphin I
Léon Larive Sciences teacher (as Larive
Mme. Emile Mere Haricot
Louis De Gonzague-Frick Prefect (as Louis de Gonzague-Frick
Raphaël Diligent Fireman (as Rafa Diligent


After the holidays, Caussat and Bruel are going back to the boarding school, where their life is sad, dull, as all prisoner's ones. But there is plot setting up for a revolt...


Puzzling The reality of it is that it's incoherent, at times utterly so. Maybe it was not intended to be left at 41 minutes, maybe it wasn't edited at all. For me it's the typical example of an "art" film that snowballs by the laws of dishonest snobbish emulation into "greatest" cinematic works blah . The fact is that there are no follow ups, the scenes end in a succession of non sequiturs etc. In itself that does not warrant exclusion of this film against dozens and hundreds of little known, lost or ignored dadaist and surrealist (short) films of ca 1915 until around the date of the "Zero". This is definitely a cryptic film and if one has enough patience and time maybe succesion of viewings could offer some further proof of its cinematic merit. Of course the SPOILER pillow fighting scene is a brilliant classic, but it has been done before! Vigo must have seen that scene in the famous 1927. masterpiece from guess who? To corroborate that Vigo's short opus is more a bit of artsy snobbery and less of the alleged greatness (which I would gladly concede if proven so!) I am not unfamiliar with his other equally chaotic and incomplete works. Still, the 30's were so much more creative than almost anything filmed today.