Zazie dans le Métro

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Zazie dans le Métro
Film poster
Film poster
Directed by Louis Malle
Produced by Louis Malle
Written by Louis Malle
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Based on Zazie in the Metro 
by Raymond Queneau
Starring Catherine Demongeot
Philippe Noiret
Music by Fiorenzo Carpi
André Pontin
Cinematography Henri Raichi
Edited by Kenout Peltier
Distributed by Astor Pictures (US)
Release dates
  • 28 October 1960 (1960-10-28)
Running time
89 minutes
Country France
Language French

Zazie in the Metro (original French title: Zazie dans le Métro, sometimes called Zazie) is a 1960 French film directed by Louis Malle, based on the novel by Raymond Queneau.


Provincial 10-year-old Zazie stays in Paris with her Uncle Gabriel (a female impersonator) for two days, while her mother spends some time with her lover. Zazie manages to evade her uncle's custody, however, and, métro strike notwithstanding, sets out to explore the city on her own.

In the film, Zazie is younger than in the book (in which her mother is worried about Zazie's virginity).[1]



Decades after its release, Jonathan Rosenbaum wrote that it was "arguably Louis Malle’s best work...A rather sharp, albeit soulless, film, packed with ideas and glitter and certainly worth a look."[2]

Home video[edit]

A digitally restored version of the film was released on DVD and Blu-ray by The Criterion Collection in June 2011.[3]


  1. ^ Vincendeau, Ginette (28 June 2011). "Zazie dans le métro: Girl Trouble". The Criterion Collection. Retrieved 15 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Rosenbaum, Jonathan (17 November 2005). "Zazie dans le métro". The Chicago Reader. Retrieved 14 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Zazie dans le Métro". The Criterion Collection. 

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