Zero for Conduct

Film - Feature | November 17 | 3:30-5 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Vigo was often called the cinema’s Rimbaud, not only for his youth, but also for his passionate sincerity, rich imagery, and directness of language. Zero for Conduct, based on the director’s childhood experiences, is cruel, playful, and exuberant, and filled with unexpected gags and observations. Set in a boarding school, the loose but emotionally charged story creates a model of rebellion, portraying not only the petty, dictatorial regime of a school, but the dynamics, fervor, and delirium of revolt as well. It is poetry, wild in hatred and tender in remembrance. Followed by 16 minutes of rushes and outtakes from the film, assembled by Bernard Eisenschitz.

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