Jean Vigo's "Zero For Conduct" fights authority
In 1933, legendary French director Jean Vigo filmed a 41-minute short about four boys in a repressive boarding school who rebel against the administration of the school during a year-end celebration.
“Zero For Conduct” was, however, immediately censored by French film authorities for its “anti-French spirit” and did not see the light of day until finally being released in the United States in 1947.
Vigo took the plot of the movie from his own experiences growing up dealing with the rigid rules of boarding school, and populated the film with anti-authoritarian characters, which led to the censors’ ire.
And while his works were suppressed for years, when finally released, they directly influenced noted directors such as Francois Truffaut, Lindsay Anderson and Martin Scorsese, who admired his poetic realism.
"Zero For Conduct"
Thursday, Jan. 15
2, 7 p.m.
Heritage House Arts & Civic Center
1428 Jenkins Rd.