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La vie d'un honnête homme (1953)

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Albert Ménard-Lacoste / Alain Ménard-Lacoste
Marguerite Pierry ...
Madeleine Lacoste
Laurence Badie ...
Geneviève Lacoste
François Guérin ...
Pierre Lacoste
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Emile, le valet de chambre
Claude Gensac ...
Evelyne, la femme de chambre
Marthe Sarbel ...
Marie, la cuisinière
Michel Nastorg ...
Le mécanicien
Léon Walther ...
Me Denizot, le notaire
André Brunot ...
Dr. Ogier
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La patronne de l'hôtel
Georges Bever ...
Le chauffeur de taxi (as G. Bever)
Max Dejean ...
Le gargotier
Marcel Pérès ...
Le commissaire Vincent
Jacqueline Gut ...
Une mercière
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18 February 1953 (France)  »

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Le chanteur: Even if you're your worst enemy / Sick of yourself / Sick of your daily lot / You can't spend your whole life / Throwing yourself into the water.
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Marvellous Michel Simon
7 August 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you are looking for virtuosic direction--fast cutting, swooping camera work and the like--don't bother with this. Visually the style is a bit clumsy; some scenes run on too long and the sets can be a little skimpy. If great acting from the star is what you want, then you'll get it here. Simon is terrific, just as good as he'd been in Panique in 1946. The contrast between bourgeois respectable Albert and rough-hewn Alain (just back from Canada, where he'd done prison time for some indiscretion) is beautifully well-drawn. Imagine a man who tells everybody that his twin brother died at 18 because he's ashamed of him, then imagine all the compromises he's had to make, all the hypocrisy he's had to live with over more than three decades: that's Albert, and Simon brings this out superbly. The other actors support the star capably. It was great to see Louis de Funes when he had a full head of hair, and Claude Gensac before she became matronly.


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