Buy “Zero for Conduct Dita Parlo, Jean Dast, Robert le Flon, Louis Lefebvre, Michel Simon, Gilles Margaritis, Maurice Gilles, Raphal Diligent, Claude Aveline, Ren Blech, Lou Bonin, Fanny Clar, Boris Kaufman, Jean Vigo, Manoel de Oliveira, Jacques-Louis Nounez, Albert Rira, Jean Guine Movies & TV” Online

Zero for Conduct

“Zero in conduct” was the first film that combined hilarity supported by an immense love, and tenderness to the childhood stages, focusing around four terrible infants whose capers are the central nerve of this tribute to the children; children of the world, children of Clement( Forbidden games), children of Truffaut (The 400 blows), children of Malle (Goodbye to the children). There have been other approaches around the world, painful, optimistic and even tragic, but only the French cinematography has been able to express with such touch of class, the childish psychology with such display of poetry, creativity and freshness. Check it out!




Zero for Conduct Review


French director Jean Vigo made only two feature length films (and two short films) before dying at the age 29. “L’Atalante” is an much acclaimed film–but “Zero de Conduite” has fallen into obscurity. Upon its release, “Zero de Conduite”–a short tale of schoolboy rebellion–was banned in France. Perhaps it was judged too subversive–Vigo’s father Eugene Bonaventure de Vigo (AKA Miguel Almareyda) was a prominent anarchist who was murdered in jail. The film begins with the return of various schoolboys to a strict boarding school. The school environment serves as a microcosm of French society–with those in charge, corrupt and dictatorial. The boys live on a diet on beans, and teachers search for sweets, which are then confiscated. The teachers threaten the boys with the dreaded “zero in conduct” if they misbehave, and of course, that principle only works if one cares about such things. It’s not long before three troublemakers–instigators Bruel, Caussat, and Colin–are identified. The film depicts a number of ridiculous rigid rules, and the boys’ reaction to them. While one teacher is tolerant–the Chaplinesque Huguet–other teachers are notoriously strict. One of the teachers even seems to have a questionable taste for one of the boys. After a particularly trivial infraction, the boys lead a revolt against authority on alumni day. In one unforgettable scene, a pillow fight rains feathers down on the rebellious boys as they somersault in a crowded dormitory. Unfortunately, this is a terrible print. One scene takes place in a railway station at night, and it’s very difficult to make out some of the action. The sound is crackly, and white splotches appear on the print. In spite of all this, however, the film evokes the magical, irrepressible spirit of childhood, and it certainly revived the ecstasy of my rebellious schooldays. In French with English subtitles–displacedhuman -Read Reviews-

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