to the pyre with the books and the teacher with them...
Set in a prison-like boarding school run by militaristic teachers, Vigo's film is both a surreal fantasy and a sombre indictment of the repression of children. It was considered 'anti-French' and banned by the authorities until after World War II. The director drew on his own unhappy schooldays for inspiration and presents the children as imaginative and anarchic. Though highly influential, it left me somewhat cold..
Charming on an absolutely fundamental level. Vigo brings an such playfulness and beauty to the material he makes it almost impossible not to enjoy. Also the slow motion shots are incredible.
Short but sweet. I loved the scene when the children bombard the school administration from the roof and you see manikins sitting in the stands instead of people.
While Jean Vigo's first film, A PROPOS DE NICE heralded his arrival as a sly satirist, it was was his third short, ZERO DE CONDUITE, that really established him as an artist. 3 shorts in and Vigo has already seemed to master his craft with this jolting and playful film about a group of boys revolting against their boarding school superiors. Surprisingly dense, the film is a bold, inventive work of art.
this is a real masterpiece of a short. the basis of many more famous reinterpretations but none really surpass this one. the revolutionary spirit is key, and added the fervour and spirit of youth it is a real testament to the energy of these characters. seriously funny at points too with some fine moments of humour. the energy, the composition and the sheer revolutionary joy of this film are worth it all.