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The President (1961)

Le président (original title)
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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Émile Beaufort
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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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1 March 1961 (France)  »

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Ouverture du 'Vaisseau Fantôme' de Richard Wagner, dirigée par Richard Blareu
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Very strong political drama
16 August 1999 | by (Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is a very strong political drama about an aging president who loves to take risks. He is very clever man, but he's alone at the top. He wants to create a United Europe, but every French politician is against him. I'm a big fan of Jean Gabin. He's always fabulous, even in bad movies. He was great when he was young, and great when he was older, like in this one. For me, he's one of the ten best movie actors of all time. This film had very strong dialogues. It deserves a 8 out of 10.


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