Zero For Conduct (1933) Director: Jean Vigo
Zero For Conduct is a strange film -appropriate for the catalogue of French cinema. It is a short vignette lasting about 41 minutes. It tells the story of children revolting against their un-amusing and midget headmaster of their boarding school during the commencement day celebrations. The film was initially shown in 1933, but was subsequently banned until 1945 in France for the war. The title refers to the mark a teacher threatens to give the children for their behavior. Numerous later directors, mostly French, paid homage to this film. Vigo and his wife were in poor health before and during the film, luckily they befriended a wealthy benefactor who financed the film.
The film is odd, but not a terrible picture. It not necessarily be included among the greatest films ever made.