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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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Ouverture du 'Vaisseau Fantôme' de Richard Wagner, dirigée par Richard Blareu
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One of the best speeches in the cinema history
4 June 2004 | by (Linyi, China) – See all my reviews

The tirade of The President in front of the French Parliament during the film, is, in my opinion, one of the most powerful scenes I know.

By the strength of the actors, by the strong political message delivered (and more than 40 years after, still up to date), and of course by the 'straight to the point' lines of the dialogues, written by Michel Audiard, this scene is just fascinating.

It's just a speech every liberal politician must dream of.

And it is served by a camera moving both with the solemnity due to the place and the historical circumstances, while keeping at the same time a focus on the underlining of passions and reactions of the main characters.

So, definitely, I'm a fan!

"L'important n'est pas de sonner juste, mais de sonner à l'heure"


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