ZAZIE (Louis Malle, 1960)

Louis Malle’s deceptively zany, effervescent Zazie dans le métro, based on Raymond Queneau’s novel, is a sobering, coherent work for all its quick pace, sharp cuts, camera tricks, and Keystone Kops-sight gags. I haven’t read the book, but its basic idea, Roy Armes has written, “is of a very young girl with a startling vocabulary […]