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Comedy of Happiness (1940)
"La comédie du bonheur" (original title)

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Monsieur Jourdain is a dangerous madman : he wants to share his fortune! His relatives do what any sensible fellow on earth would do: they have him committed to a mental hospital. But ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Félix
Jacqueline Delubac ...
Anita
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Lydia
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Madame Marie
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Fédor
André Alerme ...
Déribin (as Alerme)
Ève Francis ...
La voyante
Magdeleine Bérubet ...
Aglaé (as Madeleine Bérubet)
Marcel Vallée ...
Le docteur Acario
René Génin ...
(as Génin)
Sinoël ...
Le général
Doumel ...
Pernamboc
Tré-Ki ...
Tiordo (as Tréki)
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Monsieur Jourdain is a dangerous madman : he wants to share his fortune! His relatives do what any sensible fellow on earth would do: they have him committed to a mental hospital. But Jourdain manages to escape and decides to make everybody happy except... his heirs! Written by Guy Bellinger

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23 December 1940 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

A boldogság komédiája  »

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Italian censorship visa #31202 delivered on 28 December 1940. See more »

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Alternate-language version of Ecco la felicità (1940) See more »

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Happiness is everywhere you play your part..
21 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

"La Comédie du Bonheur" (comedy of happiness) was made at a time when France was no more happy (1940),so the title might have seemed a bit ironical.Unless the mad man,who escaped from an insane asylum ,wanted to cheer up his compatriots (here the lodgers of a boarding house ).

A lunatic (Michel Simon) wants the lodgers of the house to be happy:so he hires a few actors who play on stage a musical version of "Quo Vadis" !My theater,he tells them has no stage left or stage right,my theater is life .But if the thespians act as if they're in a play ,they are anyway.They will fall in love and soon discover they don't play anymore ,they live.

This film,ambitious but not always successful (there are many subplots and the viewer may often get lost),which verges on the fantasy genre ,paved a reliable way for L'Herbier's war days peak "la Nuit Fantastique" ,where he directed Micheline Presle again,and one can only deplore he did not use again the handsome Louis Jourdan,the Alain Delon of that era,instead of aging Fernand Gravey.

This was a modern work (L'herbier's talkies were either ahead of their time :" le Bonheur" "La Nuit Fantastique" "LE Mystere De La Chambre Jaune" or -more often -old-fashioned stuff ,the likes of "Entente Cordiale" "La Porte Du Large" Les Hommes Nouveaux").Here,abetted by Jean Cocteau's lines , mardi gras costumes and the carnaval of Nice,he did what he had to do: making French people forget that their comedy was,to quote Jacques Tourneur ," a comedy of terrors".


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