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Aventure malgache (1944)

While preparing backstage, an actor tells his castmates about an adventure he had during World War II in the Axis-controlled French colony of Madagascar working for the Resistance and clashing with the collaborationist local police chief.

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Credited cast:
Paul Bonifas ...
Michel - Chef de la Sureté (as The Molière Players)
Paul Clarus ...
Clarousse (as The Molière Players)
Jean Dattas ...
Man behind Michel, reading a telegram (as The Molière Players)
Andre Frere ...
Pierrot (as The Molière Players)
Paulette Preney ...
Yvonne (as The Molière Players)
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Storyline

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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Short | War

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June 1944 (Portugal)  »

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Madagascar Landing  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Michel - Chef de la Sureté: Have a glass of rum; it won't hurt you. I have bad news for you. You are leaving for the penal colony, the road to nowhere. It's a great pity, Clarousse. A man like yourself to lose everything over this business. Titling at windmills and ending up in the chain-gang.
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Interesting curiosity but doesn't really rise above that
2 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is interesting for Hitchcock completests in particular, but this is not an example of the great director being on top form. There are some imaginative directorial touches(in the camera work, humour and the theme with the double), a nice droll denouncement, some nicely crafted production values, some decent acting especially from Paul Claras and a playful yet haunting music score. Sadly for Aventure Malgache for all the good things there are a number of things that are not done very well. It is too heavy on the dialogue, which apart from the sly humour here and there veers on stilted and crass and it bogs the pacing down. The pacing does have some quick-moving scenes but the most talky scenes drag, while the storytelling does get confused and not the easiest to follow. There is not much exciting here either, it is the case of too much dialogue not enough action and there is little suspense too. And it does get bogged down in the propaganda elements, it makes its point but it doesn't hold up well and some may find the attitudes of the French being portrayed here rather insensitive(the reason why it stayed in the vaults for such a long time). In conclusion, an interesting short film and worth the look but Aventure Malgache is really not Hitchcock at his best and it doesn't ever rise above interesting curiosity value. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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