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The Grand Maneuver (1955)

Les grandes manoeuvres (original title)
A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

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Cast

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Victor Duverger
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Le colonel
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L'ordonnance d'Armand
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Lise Delamare ...
Juliette Duverger
Jacqueline Maillan ...
Jeanne Duverger, une soeur de Victor
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Thérèse, la chanteuse (as Magali Noel)
Simone Valère ...
Gisèle Monnet (as Simone Valere)
Catherine Anouilh ...
Alice, la fille du préfet
Madeleine Barbulée ...
La dame au chapeau jaune
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Rose-Mousse
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A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

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Only the French could be so discreet about their indiscretions...And why the deft directorial touch of RENE CLAIR could so delightfully disset a most extraordinary "affaire passionnelle"... See more »

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1 October 1956 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French censorship visa #16.679. See more »

Quotes

Le lieutenant Armand de la Verne: I left in a fit of anger. That's very good. It impresses them. First be firm, then be kind. If kindness doesn't work, use the whip!
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A first for Rene Clair
19 September 2002 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

One shouldn't be dissuaded from seeing this film because of one disappointed viewer. It is a charming and beautifully crafted film, not often seen in the U.S., but well worth watching. It is very Gallic in its attitudes, which means that it has a certain amount of gallantry, chauvinism, sexism, and a plain, old-fashioned outlook on the sports of love, but it refuses to be pinned down to a formula, or to have a pat ending. I find it ever so much better than Clair's earlier work, and if you can shift your mental gears to the French way of thinking, it is a very rewarding, bittersweet film.


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