“Zero for Conduct” (French: “Zéro de conduite”) is a 1933 French short film directed by Jean Vigo. The film is a satirical portrayal of the oppressive boarding school system in France during the 1930s.
The story follows a group of young boys who are fed up with the strict and authoritarian nature of their school. They rebel against their teachers and the school’s administration by staging a series of pranks and acts of defiance. Their rebellion culminates in a chaotic and surreal uprising, in which the boys take control of the school and transform it into a playground.
The film is notable for its innovative visual style, which includes experimental camera work and editing techniques. It also features a memorable score by Maurice Jaubert, which adds to the film’s dreamlike and surreal quality.
“Zero for Conduct” was initially banned in France due to its controversial subject matter and perceived anti-authoritarian message. However, it has since become a cult classic and is considered to be one of the most important films of the French avant-garde movement. The film’s themes of rebellion and anti-authoritarianism continue to resonate with audiences today.
Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Louis Lefebvre