"Le Dabe" retired many years ago and now he lives in the Tropics where he owns stables and horses. He is a very rich man. He was the king of all money counterfeiters. He is contacted from ... See full summary »
Three old chums who are number ones in the business of practical jokes decide to leave their village from Vendée in France in order to go and live in a old people's nursing home. Pested off... See full summary »
While Henri was a POW during the war, his wife passed away and he returned to face the challenges of bringing up three children alone. Henri may get drunk and angry at times but he also has a better side that will not stay buried.
Denys de La Patellière
At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In ... See full summary »
An excellent humane story filmed by Gilles Grangier about a stylish tramp (Clochard) called Archimède.
French film "Archimède Le Clochard" is a comical tale of unendurable hardships experienced by homeless people in Paris. It is quite natural to think that any film dealing with the sad plight of homeless people would maintain a serious tone. However, this is not the case with this film as director Gilles Grangier and his screen writing associates Albert Valentin and Michel Audiard have included numerous comical situations in the film which point to the conclusion that not all tramps (clochards) are bad as they are portrayed by media and society as a whole. The most perfect example to illustrate this point is the case of our eponymous hero 'Archimède' , a tramp who cannot be called an ordinary 'clochard'. He is a stylish 'clochard' who knows perfectly well what does he expect from life and how can he get it ? The perennial superstar of French cinema monsieur Jean Gabin is the perfect reason for experiencing how a 'clochard' can be equally at ease in expressing his anger, drinking champagne with other persons of his clan or being chivalrous with graceful women. An intelligent viewer would feel regaled just by watching the manner in which he dances and quotes lines from Apollinaire. It is rather unfortunate that Truffaut ranted against Gilles Grangier and his films but "Archimède Le Clochard" would continue to inspire many viewers as it takes them closer to the sufferings experienced by homeless people in France.
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