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25 January 1951 (Monaco) See more »
Albert Topaze, sincere schoolteacher addicted to "rote" morality, works at a private school run by supremely money-grubbing M... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fernandel ... Albert Topaze
Hélène Perdrière ... Suzy Courtois
Jacqueline Pagnol ... Ernestine Muche
Marcel Vallée ... M. Muche
Jacques Castelot ... Roger Gaëtan de Bersac
Milly Mathis ... La barone / The Baroness
Yvette Etiévant ... La dactylo de Topaze / Topaze's typist
Robert Moor ... Le vénérable vieillard
Rivers Cadet ... L'agent de police
Marcel Loche ... Un domestique (as Loche)
Pierre Larquey ... Tamise (as Larquey)
Jacques Morel ... Régis Castel-Vernac

Directed by
Marcel Pagnol 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marcel Pagnol 

Original Music by
Raymond Legrand 
Cinematography by
Philippe Agostini 
Film Editing by
Monique Lacombe 
Production Design by
Robert Giordani 
Set Decoration by
Hugues Laurent 
Costume Design by
Makeup Department
Nicole Bouban .... makeup artist
Ralph .... makeup artist
Production Management
Georges Baze .... production manager
Marcel Bryau .... production manager
Jo Martinetti .... production director
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
François Gir .... assistant director
Art Department
Roger Jodelay .... assistant set decorator
Sound Department
Barthelmy .... sound assistant
Henry Girbal .... sound assistant (as Girbal)
Marcel Royné .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Pierre Ancrenaz .... assistant camera
Igor Kalinine .... still photographer (as Kalinine)
Jean-Marie Maillols .... camera operator
Clément Maure .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Jacqueline Bultez .... assistant editor
Other crew
Regine Hernou .... script girl
Annette Millet-Julian .... production secretary
Geo Sandry .... stage manager of exteriors
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
136 min | Finland:89 min (1976)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Version of Topaze (1936)See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The loss of innocence, 1 December 2005
Author: Corvin Ello from Canada

The setting: a small private school run by a Scrooge-y director. Topaze, a thirty-something teacher, scrupulously honest, who is fond of his job and full of indulgence and devotion for his pupils, is brutally expelled for refusing to cheat by upgrading the bad scores of a rich-family pupil, as demanded by both his mother and the director.

Clueless and still honest through it all, circumstances lead him next to be recruited to "work" - unknowingly - as a front for a corrupted city counselor who uses his position to get all sorts of paybacks. But as Topaze "wisens" up, his view of life, of the values of virtue and the utility of money will evolve in a new direction.

The plot is simple enough, but listen to those dialogs! Topaze seems dumb but is in fact generous and refuses to admit, not being corrupt himself, the mere existence of corruption in the people that surround him. He truly believes in the goodness of man. Events will challenge this belief, as it does for most of us.

This tale rings astonishingly true in the present times. It has not aged a bit. Though at times cynical, it is a deep and touching reflexion on the importance of money, wealth and power, the supremacy of appearances over substance, and the ordeal of those that are deprived of any of those things.

In my opinion, being a Pagnol fan (of both his books and films), this is Marcel Pagnol's most personal opus. It features an extraordinary cast; as in all of Pagnol's movies, event the smallest parts are well-cast. Fernandel is outstanding as he goes from naive to cynical. Perdrière is adorable and smart, and Marcel Vallée plays the part of the school director with verve: watch him closely in the scene where he is with the outraged mother who demands that the "error" in his son's scores is "discovered" and corrected.

If you have a chance to see this, don't miss it.

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