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.


While her mother is away with her latest lover, 11-year-old Zazie comes to Paris to spend 3 days with her Uncle Gabriel. The child's scandalous language and disrespectful attitude toward her elders quickly convinces Gabriel that this will not be a routine visit. When Zazie learns that she will not be able to ride the Metro because of a labor strike, she blames all adults for the situation and decides to make the best of her vacation. After a wild excursion in a taxi, she romps through the flea market and gets her uncle to take her to the Eiffel Tower. They become entangled in a group of tourists, and Zazie races down the tower steps while her uncle grabs a balloon and parachutes to the street. Together again, they get embroiled in a traffic jam and a mad chase through the streets of the city. That night her uncle takes Zazie to the nightclub where he works. Once more a brawl breaks out, and Zazie escapes with her uncle's wife, Albertine. When the Metro strike is over, Zazie's wish to ride the train is at last fulfilled, but, exhausted from the day's events, she sleeps all the way home. Returned to her mother, who asks her what she did in Paris, Zazie replies that she has grown older.

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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