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12 November 1962 (Sweden) See more »
Pierre is a shy man whose sole focus in life is studying astrology in solitude, which is often difficult... See more » | Add synopsis »
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France Arnel ... Stella, the Olympia star (as France Arnell)

Pierre Étaix ... Pierre, the Suitor
Laurence Lignières ... Laurence, Pierre's Neighbour (as Laurence Lignères)
Claude Massot ... Pierre's Father
Denise Péronne ... Pierre's Mother (as Denise Perrone)
Karin Vesely ... Ilka, the Swedish Au-pair
Robert Blome
Pierre Maguelon ... Olympia's Stage Manager (as Petit Bobo)
Dominique Clément
Dora Diana
Bernard Dumaine
Armelle Engel
Édouard Francomme (as Francomme)
Jeannette François
Lucien Frégis ... Painter in Park Scene
Brigitte Juslin (as Birgitta Juslin)
Patrice Laffont ... Stella's Son
Kim Lokay ... Stella's Bodyguard
Georges Loriot (as Loriot)
Jean-Pierre Moutier
Sally Pearce
Guy Piérauld (as Guy Pierraut)
Gilles Rosset
Robert Sabatier
Roger Trapp
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Abigaël ... Old Lady in Lift Scene (uncredited)
Béatrice Arnac ... Stella in TV Scene (archive footage) (uncredited)
Charles Bayard ... Old Man in Lift Scene (uncredited)
Pierre Vernet ... Man with Girl in Park Scene (uncredited)

Directed by
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix  &
Jean-Claude Carrière 

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jean Paillaud 
Cinematography by
Pierre Levent 
Film Editing by
Pierre Gillette 
Production Design by
Raymond Tournon 
Makeup Department
Anatole Paris .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tonio Suné .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
André Bureau .... assistant director
Claude Pierre-Bloch .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jean-Claude Carrière .... artistic advisor
Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound engineer
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jean Benezech .... camera operator
Emmanuel Machuel .... assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Suné .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Monique André .... assistant editor
Music Department
Michel Colombier .... music arranger
Other crew
Gaby Blondé .... production assistant
Hélène Desse .... production secretary
Henry Dutrannoy .... production accountant (as Henri Dutrannoy)
Georges Fontenelle .... location manager
Daniel Martin .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le soupirant" - France (original title)
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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
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A perfect escalation of gags, 17 November 2013
Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN

Etaix proves himself the true heir to Buster Keaton in this, his first feature. This is just a fantastic series of escalating gags. It's just a pure joy to watch, from beginning to last. Everything works, and the laughs just build and build. Etaix stars as an idle young man (he was in his mid-30s at the time the film was made). His parents tell him it's time to find a wife and get the Hell out of their house. Etaix doesn't know a thing about courting women. At first he tries observing the many smooth operators across Paris, but, whenever he tries to copy them, it comes off as disastrous (a lot of resemblance to Keaton's Seven Chances in this portion of the film). The film launches into the stratosphere when Etaix finally meets a willing woman, Laurence Ligneres, and wishes he hadn't. Ligneres is the single most annoying woman in existence, with an enormous, obnoxious laugh, the immediate expectations that Etaix should drop all kinds of cash on her whims, and a penchant for getting pass-out drunk. Ligneres is so perfect. You want to run her over with your car, but, speaking as a viewer, she's really funny at being that annoying, as opposed to just being annoying to watch. For Etaix it is a different story, and his deadpan attempts to get rid of her are hysterical. The final part of the film has Etaix falling head over heals in love with a famous songstress (France Arnel), and he goes to great lengths to get backstage to see her. For fans of silent comedies, this is a must-see. It couldn't exactly play as a silent - Ligneres eardrum piercing laugh would be lost if it were - but the gags are very reminiscent of Keaton's and Chaplin's, while still feeling fresh. It's not as ambitious as what Tati was doing, but it's pretty much perfect.

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