Zero For Conduct (1933)

“War is declared! Down with monitors and punishment! Long live rebellion! Liberty or death! Hoist our flag on the school roof! Stand firm with us tomorrow! We’ll bombard them with rotten old books, dirty tin cans, smelly boots and all the ammo piled up in the attic! We’ll fight those old goats on commemoration day! Onward! ” – Tabard

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Young boys in a boarding school try and find new and innovative ways to rebel against their teachers and the system.

My Take on it – Interesting film that doesn’t have much of a plot besides the chaos that the characters cause along the way.

The young boys in this school do as much damage as they can to both property and person and it is clearly a story ahead of its time.\The various antics that they pull are fun to watch even if it is possible to think of them all as singular skits along the way to telling the whole of the story.

this film was quite controversial when it came out due to what it had to say about the “system”, but when viewing it from a perspective of nearly 90 years later, it seems much tamer than it was meant to be at and be seen at the time.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 77 years after Jean Vigo’s death, his daughter and film critic Luce Vigo accepted the 2011 Parajanov-Vartanov Institute Award – named after persecuted Soviet filmmakers Sergei Parajanov and Mikhail Vartanov – posthumously honoring Vigo for the masterpiece “Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège”; Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight presented the award and Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese sent a letter for the occasion with words on Vigo, Paradjanov and Vartanov, all of whom had struggled against censorship. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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