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Date(s) - 30/07/2014
6:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Alliance française du Bengale


Zero for Conduct (1933) restaured version

a film by Jean Vigo

zero-de-conduite-image-6Zero for Conduct was first shown on 7 April 1933 and was subsequently banned in France until 15 February 1946. Though the film was not immediately popular, it has proven to be enduringly influential. Francoit Truffaut paid homage toZero for Conduct in his 1959 film The 400 Blows. The anarchic classroom and recess scenes in Truffaut’s film borrow from Vigo’s film, as does a classic scene in which a mischievous group of schoolboys are led through the streets by one of their schoolmasters. Director Lindsay Anderson has acknowledged that his own film If… was inspired by Zero for Conduct.


Four rebellious young boys at a repressive French boarding school plot and execute a revolt against their teachers and take over the school.