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Zazie in the Subway

Louis Malle
Zazie dans le métro
France 1960 / 93’
The Greenaway Alphabet

Krzysztof Mętrak Competition

A young critic has been awarded for the 22nd time. As is tradition, this year’s winner, Klara Cykorz, will present a film of her choice: Zazie in the Subway.

A little prankster named Zazie arrives in Paris, where countless impressions await her. Stop. That sentence doesn't quite sound right. It's basically true but somehow inadequate. Let me start again, this time using more exuberant vocabulary. Zazie, a youthful surrealist, arrives in Paris, where she throws herself into the surging surf of the city to ride the waves of chaos with a smile on her face. Better. This is more or less the story of Louis Malle's film. I would add that it was staged with an almost magical flair, thanks to which there is not a single shot in the film that could be considered normal-and therefore boring. And the film was based on the famous novel by Raymond Queneau, which-at least according to the erudites who had the change to read it-is an extremely difficult work to adapt for the screen.

Piotr Mirski

Louis Malle

Louis Malle (1932-1995) came from France. He first studied Political Science at the Sorbonne, before studying at the IDHEC film school in Paris. He was an assistant to Robert Bresson. As a cinematographer and co-director, he worked with Jacques-Yves Cousteau on the documentary The Silent World, which won a Palme d'Or and an Oscar. He made his debutwith the crime film Elevator to the Gallows. His next film, the melodrama The Lovers, caused a scandal. He worked both in France and in the United States.

Selected filmography

1958 Windą na szafot / Ascenseur pour / Elevator to the Gallows

1958 Kochankowie / Les amants / The Lovers

1960 Zazie w metrze / Zazie dans le métro / Zazie in the Subway

1974 Lacombe Lucien / Lacombe Lucien / Lacombe, Lucien

1980 Atlantic City

1981 Moja kolacja z André / My Dinner with André

Cast & Crew

director Louis Malle
screenplay Louis Malle, Jean-Paul Rappeneau (based on a novel by Raymond Queneau)
cinematography Henri Raichi
editing Kenout Peltier
music Fiorenzo Carpi, André Pontin
cast Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier, Annie Fratellini, Vittorio Caprioli
producer Louis Malle, Jean-François Malle, Napoléon Murat
production Nouvelles Éditions de Films
sales Gaumont
language French, Russian
colouration colour