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The President (1961)
"Le président" (original title)

 -  Thriller  -  1 March 1961 (France)
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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Émile Beaufort
Bernard Blier ...
Philippe Chalamont
Renée Faure ...
Mademoiselle Milleran
Henri Crémieux ...
Antoine Monteil
Alfred Adam ...
François - le chauffeur
Louis Seigner ...
Lauzet-Duchet
Georges Adet ...
Un ministre
Albert Michel ...
Un gendarme (as Albert-Michel)
Aram Stephan
Louis Arbessier ...
Jussieu
Christiane Barry
Charles Bouillaud ...
Un gendarme en faction
Charles Cullum ...
Sir Merryl
André Dalibert ...
Un gendarme en faction
Françoise Deldick ...
Huguette
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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 particular, his relationship with Philippe Chalamont comes into play: Chalamont seems in line to be the next Prime Minister, and Beaufort's history with him is long, deep, and problematic. As Beaufort dictates his memoirs, his narrative take us to occasions, 15 and 20 years before, in which Chalamont and he clashed. Chalamont is not without talent and guile: he comes directly to Beaufort to see if they can sort things out. What will Beaufort, ill health and all, do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Italian censorship visa # 35220 delivered on 18-7-1961. See more »

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Ouverture du 'Vaisseau Fantôme' de Richard Wagner, dirigée par Richard Blareu
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What's wrong with Euro?
16 November 2011 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Here is a film made in 1961. Yet, it could have been made yesterday.

The issues surrounding the European Union, very clearly illustrated in this movie, are still reverberating around the world today. Idealism vs realpolitik. Vested interested vs the 99%. Can politicians be both moral & pragmatic? Can there be compromise without sacrificing principles? Can power be exercise decently?

The screenplay written by Michel Audiard is outstanding. Complex issues are presented effectively and clearly. It is no wonder that he is much proclaimed amongst the French literati.

This film has no fancy effects or fast cuts. There is no easy Hollywood style resolution. But watch if you want a little illumination in a muddy world.


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