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Jour de fête (1949)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 May 1949 (France)
Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the... See full summary »

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Guy Decomble ...
Roger
Paul Frankeur ...
Marcel
Santa Relli ...
Germaine
Maine Vallée ...
Jeannette
Robert Balpo ...
Le châtelain
Delcassan ...
La commère
Jacques Beauvais ...
Le cafetier (as Beauvais)
Roger Rafal ...
Le coiffeur
Alexandre Wirtz
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Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophy - but everybody tells him, how important his work is. Sneering up Francois continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. Francois takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses. Written by Christian Wenger <wenger@ls7.informatik.uni-dortmund.de>

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| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) | (1960) | (restored)

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Many of the gags in this movie were previously used nearly identically in The School for Postmen (1947). See more »

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The bicycle used by Francois gets a mention in the opening credits, along with the featured players: Peugeot model 1911. See more »

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A masterpiece of quiet humour
27 May 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this film I couldn't get it out of my head, and put it in my all time top ten. The magic has faded a little, but this remains a classic for its strange mixture of gentle slapstick, sight gags and verbal jokes, and its beautifully atmospheric portrait of French rural life.


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