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Merlusse (1938)

Merlusse is a teacher in an all-boys boarding school - pupils hate him since he smells, has a glass eye and is very strict. When Christmas Eve arrives most boys leave school to spend the ... See full summary »

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Henri Poupon ...
Blanchard dit Merlusse
André Pollack ...
Le proviseur
Annie Toinon ...
Nathalie
Thommeray ...
Le censeur
Jean Castan ...
Galubert
Le Petit Jacques ...
Villepontoux
d'Armans ...
Philippard
Fernand Bruno ...
Catusse
Robert Aviérinos ...
Lupin
Robert Chaux ...
Godard
Dernard ...
Delacre
John Dubrou ...
Pic
Jean Inglesakis ...
Molinard
Le-Van-Kim ...
Macaque
Rellys ...
L'appariteur
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Merlusse is a teacher in an all-boys boarding school - pupils hate him since he smells, has a glass eye and is very strict. When Christmas Eve arrives most boys leave school to spend the holidays with their families but a small group of lonely boys is left behind with Merlusse as their overseer. Merlusse doesn't get along with the boys very well and they pull various tricks on him but on Christmas Morning boys wake to find a huge surprise waiting for them... Written by Aljaz Ciber, Slovenia

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16 March 1938 (USA)  »

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Vacanze in collegio  »

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The heart is a lonely hunter. (Carson McCullers)
11 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

Merlusse is a teacher whose pupils create mayhem in his class."Merlusse" is a nickname (coming from the word "merluche" =dried cod).He seems harsh and strict ,but under an off-putting manner,he hides real affection for his students.

It's Christmas's night:some of the boarders have gone,but some have got to stay behind the sad walls of a gloomy school.Some will not get a Christmas present.

This Christmas ,however ,will not be like the other ones.

A relatively short movie (For Pagnol whose works' running time generally exceeds two hours)but perhaps his most endearing and moving work.


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