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This is a fine example to prove that the Franch can also make light
"À toi de faire, mignonne" is pure entertainment served elegantly like
star Gault Millau French cuisine. Lemmy Caution, a fine parody of the
American heavy, moves about like a featherweight. He often gets into
wrestling matches with beautiful ladies, and it always has the grace of a
ballet dance. Perfect light movies like this one are definitely an art
and easily digested. Incidentally: The story culminates in a big brawl in
cheese factory, the appropriate dessert.
Friends of architecture watch carefully: In the first 10 minutes into the movie there is a small scene in front of the entrance facade of one of Le Corbusier's most famous private residences, the Villa Stein in Garches. I let you guess where this house is supposed to stand and which character resides in it.
Of the Eddie Constantine films, this is only a fair example. It's still
however and you could do a lot worse than this tongue-in-cheek adventure.
Eddie reprises his role as Lemmy Caution, the hero of Peter Cheyney's
novels, this time in search of a scientist supposedly kidnapped for his
formula for a new lightweight solid fuel.
Constantine was the star of many adventures in France in the early sixties and the whiskey-obsessed Caution was one of his most popular roles. This particular film boasts a good cast which is where the most fun is derived but the whole thing is rather silly. I expect that by this time it was just a matter of giving the audience what they wanted without making things too complicated or heavy.
Director Bernard Boderie had previous experience working with Constantine in Women Are Like That and Ladies Man. Here he keeps the show moving but lets things slide uncomfortably into farce towards the end with a silly, slapstick fight scene used to finish off the gang. While the film is not an outright spoof the comedy comes often enough that no one would dare take it seriously, especially with Eddie winking or chatting into the camera several times.
The Paul Misraki score is fun and jazzy as one would expect although it's not as prevalent as one would hope. If you're in the mood for light fare this film will probably do but don't blame me if you're still hungry for a juicy spy flick afterwards.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Lemmy Caution, superstar FBI agent is brought in track down what
happened to a missing scientist working on a new solid fuel. Not only
has the scientist gone missing but his secretary has turned up dead.
Caution does what he can and begins to track the scientists fiancé who
he soon finds was taken away by "Lemmy Caution".
Good little mystery is like bubble gum for the eyes with Constantine walking through the film completely in control. It is like most of the Lemmy Caution films I've seen, an amusing distraction. Worth a look if you should run across it.
6 out of 10
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