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La poupée (1962)

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Zbigniew Cybulski ...
Colonel Octavio Prado Roth / Cotal, le rebelle
Sonne Teal ...
Marion Moren / La Poupée
Claudio Gora ...
Guillermo Moren
Catherine Milinaire ...
Mirt
Jean Aron ...
Professeur Palmas
Sacha Pitoëff ...
Sayas
Daniel Emilfork ...
Gant de Crin
Jacques Dufilho ...
Theodora, la vieille Indienne
Gabriel Jabbour ...
Joachim
Michel de Ré ...
Gervasio
László Szabó ...
Pascual
Roger Karl ...
Terremoche
Jean Galland ...
Gonziano
Henri Maxel
Bona de Mandiargues ...
Une politicienne (as Bona)
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Baffling, surreal rarity will impress lovers of the bizarre
30 May 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Unseen in the UK since it had art house screenings in 1962, this surreal comedy was dug up for the Nouvelle Vague season at London's National Film Theatre in May. The print had turned pink. The plot that eventually develops has a revolutionary required to impersonate the assassinated dictator of a mythical South American country. Polish star Cybulski plays both parts. But along the way a scientist creates a cyborg of an industrialist's wife; there are songs and basic special effects; and a Greek-style chorus comments on the action. The wife and her double are played by Canadian female impersonator Sonne Teal. This was his only film before he died in a plane crash. The chorus is also a man in drag (Dufilho). Everyone seems to be speaking French, but most have been re-voiced. The message seems to be about corruption, but it's hard to grasp. There's lots to look at, however. The mad extravagance (big crowd scenes) may have influenced Jodorowski, and there's some very avant garde jump cutting. If a decent print could be found, La Poupee could be a big rediscovery.


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