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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Georges Loriot (as Loriot)
Nono Zammit
Lucien Frégis
Ican Paillaud
Robert Blome
Laurence Lignières ... La femme

Pierre Étaix ... Le mari (as Pierre Etaix)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean-Claude Carrière ... Le conducteur de la camionnette (uncredited)

Directed by
Jean-Claude Carrière  (as J.C. Carrière)
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix  and
Jean-Claude Carrière  (as J.C. Carrière)

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Claude Stieremans 
Cinematography by
Pierre Levent 
Film Editing by
Andrée Werlin 
Eva Zora 
Production Management
André Bureau .... production manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Heureux anniversaire" - France (original title)
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15 min | Taiwan:12 min (Taipei Film Festival)
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The film was acclaimed in France, and abroad: Grand Prix du Festival Oberhausen, and Prix Simone Dubreuilh du Festival de Mannheim (1962); Oscar for Best Short Foreign Film 1963, from the Hollywood Academy, and the British Film Academy; Special Mention at the Interbational Film Week, Wien, 1963.See more »


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Fun Oscar-Winner, 15 September 2013
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Happy Anniversary (1962)

*** (out of 4)

This French film won the Best Live Action Short Oscar and it's easy to see why so many people enjoyed it as it's a throwback to the days of Buster Keaton. In the film, a wife is at home getting dinner ready so that she can celebrate her anniversary with the husband. The husband is out in town getting stuff for the anniversary but falls into one problems after another as he tries to make his way home. While I didn't love this film, there's still no question that it's extremely well-made and features a fun tone created by directors Jean-Claude Carriere and Pierre Etaix. The two men manage to make this film flow as smooth as silk and I thought it was this laid back nature that was so memorable. There are certainly some very funny moments but I think the best stuff doesn't even deal with the husband and wife. The highlight to me was the stuff dealing with the kind man who moves his car, can't find a parking spot and then spends the rest of the film getting into as much trouble as the husband. The work of Keaton was obviously an influence here as were the films of Tati.

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