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Aventure malgache (1944)

 -  Short | War  -  June 1994 (Portugal)
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The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Paul Bonifas ...
Michel - Chef de la Sureté (as The Molière Players)
Paul Clarus ...
Paul Clarus (as The Molière Players)
Jean Dattas ...
Man behind Michel, reading a telegram (as The Molière Players)
Andre Frere ...
Pierre (as The Molière Players)
Guy Le Feuvre ...
General (as Molière Players)
Paulette Preney ...
Yvonne (as The Molière Players)
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The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the Resistance. He then relates the adventure that he had in the Resistance, running an illegal radio station and dodging the Nazis. Written by Kathy Li

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Madagascar Landing  »

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Alfred Hitchcock did not make his customary cameo appearance in Aventure malgache (1944) nor did he in his other short propaganda war film Bon Voyage (1944). See more »

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When Michel picks up the bottle labeled "Vichy", he is holding it in the middle but in the close-up, he is holding it around the neck. See more »

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Proof that not everything Hitchcock is magic
28 September 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The film is about the French controlled island of Madagascar. Once the French surrendered to Germany in 1940 and became their allies, their colonies around the globe were left to decide whether to go along with the Vichy government or throw in their lot with the British and continue to fight the Nazis. The film particularly follows one man on the island who is the head of the underground movement.

This is a very odd film. During WWII, Alfred Hitchcock made two short propaganda films in French! Everyone speaks French and I wonder if Hitchcock himself understood the language. Considering how weak this short film is, I assume he didn't! Unlike most propaganda films, this film is way too talky and slow. Additionally, it's not exactly inspiring. There simply is no action or suspense and the film is amazingly uninspiring. All these factors led the British government to say "thanks but no thanks" to the director when he tried to help out with the war effort.

FYI--I noticed one reviewer gave the short a 10. When I checked, I noticed that out of dozens and dozens of their reviews I perused, all had received 10s--every last one.


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