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The Green Mare (1959)
"La jument verte" (original title)

 |  Comedy  |  23 October 1961 (USA)
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Honoré Haudouin
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Ferdinand Haudouin
Marguerite Maloret
Yves Robert ...
Zèphe Maloret
Julien Carette ...
Philibert (as Carette)
Valérie Lagrange ...
Juliette Haudouin
Marie Déa ...
Anaïs Maloret
Guy Bertil ...
Mireille Perrey ...
La mère Haudouin
Georges Wilson ...
Jules Haudouin
Amédée ...
Ernest Haudoin, le fils
Marie Mergey ...
Adélaïde Haudoin
Claude Sainlouis ...
Noël Maloret
Nicole Mirel ...
Hans Verner ...
Le sous-officier prussien (as Jean Verner)


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The film that inspired Tom Jones
2 March 2004 | by (Eel Pie Island) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the Paris Theatre in Brighton in 1960. I was 15 at the time, and illegal. I got in through the side door when the earlier sitting came out.

I have little memory of the story, except that it is set in an all-purpose earlier age, some time in the mid-1700s, and in deep rural bliss.

At one point, the heroine, wearing a full-length dirndl dress, squats in the barnyard and has a long pee. This shocked and amazed for two reasons. One, it instantly conveyed that the young woman was 'going commando'. Two, it depicted something in full-colour that would never, ever have been shown in a Hollywood or UK picture of the time. Kenneth More would have died!

In the context of heavily hung stallions mounting mares and other barnyard themes, it was entirely appropriate, and I am sure that French audiences of the day did not bat an eyelid. It proves how deep the shallow English Channel really was in those days.

And yet, only a few years later, certainly partly inspired by this randy, amusing and engaging film, Tony Richardson was making the ground-breaking Tom Jones.

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