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Pierre Étaix (scenario and adaptation) and
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and adaptation)
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Release Date:
19 February 1965 (France) See more »
A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private... See more » | Add synopsis »
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3 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Pierre Étaix ... Yoyo / le millionaire

Claudine Auger ... Isolina
Philippe Dionnet ... Yoyo enfant
Luce Klein ... L'écuyère
Arthur Allan
Armand Andrieu
Martine de Breteuil ... Madame de Briac
Philippe Castelli ... Le domestique (as Castelli)
Luc Delhumeau ... Le douanier
Gabrielle Doulcet ... La dame au collier
Les ballets de René Goliard
François Lalande
Georges Loriot (as Loriot)
Claude Massot
Pierre Moncorbier ... Le pique-assiettes
Henri Roger
Roger Trapp ... Le représentant en farces et attrapes
Nono Zammit ... Un artiste du cirque
Michèle Alex
Boby Althoff
Pinder ... Elephant Wrangler (as le troupeau d'élephants Pinder)
Les Antares ... Aerialists
Dario ... Clown
Mimile ... Clown
Pipo ... Clown
Les French Clowns ... Clowns
Jacques Gambys
Serge Gambys
Fernand Guiot ... Le paysan
Kach Maht ... Juggler (as Kachmath)
La Troupe Sándor Károly ... Bareback Riders
Eugene Leonard (as Eugène Leonard)
Licques ... Clairvoyant (as Madame Licques)
Marcellys (as Marcellys et son orchestre)
Georges Metras
Barbara Poludniak ... Bear Wrangler (as Barbara et Eugène Poludniak et leurs ours)
Eugène Poludniak ... Bear Wrangler
Concha Romero (as Conchita Romero)
Esmeralda Theron ... Unicycle Artist
Germaine Theron
Wyston Tort
Lélé de Triana ... Gypsy Dancer
Siam (as l'éléphant Siam)
Bambi (as le chien Bambi)
Caïd (as le cheval Caïd)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Coryn ... (uncredited)
Jocelyne Loiseau ... (uncredited)
Mary Petrov ... (uncredited)
Annie Savarin ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix (scenario and adaptation) and
Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and adaptation)

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... producer
Original Music by
Jean Paillaud 
Cinematography by
Jean Boffety 
Film Editing by
Henri Lanoë 
Production Design by
Raymond Gabutti 
Raymond Tournon 
Costume Design by
Jacqueline Guyot 
Makeup Department
Boris Karabanoff .... makeup artist (as Boris de Banov)
Production Management
Jean-Marie Bertrand .... assistant unit manager
Tonio Suné .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pierre Aubert .... assistant director
Art Department
Michel Suné .... props
Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound
Lucien Moreau .... sound assistant
Visual Effects by
Charlotte Quemy .... restoration supervisor (restored version)
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Forster .... still photographer
Vincent Gagliardi .... grip
Christian Guillouet .... camera operator
Guy Lecouvette .... second assistant camera
Jacques Lefrançois .... first assistant camera
André Thiéry .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Yvonne Suné .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Jacqueline Meppiel .... assistant editor
Chantal Rémy .... assistant editor
Music Department
Jean Bouchéty .... orchestrator (as Bouchety)
Other crew
André Bureau .... technical consultant
Sylvie Carré .... script supervisor
Hélène Desse .... production administrator
Jacqueline Doye .... accounting administrator
Georges Fontenelle .... location unit manager
Clément Ollier .... location unit manager
Philippe Andrau .... special thanks
Jean-Claude Carrière .... special thanks
Philippe Giraudel .... special thanks
Charles-Edouard Renault .... special thanks
Odile Étaix .... special thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Yo Yo" - USA
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92 min | 97 min (restored version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The film was awarded the 1965 Grand Prix Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival, and the First Prize of the International Catholic Organization for Cinema and Audiovisual (OCIC) at the Venice Film Festival.See more »
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References Modern Times (1936)See more »


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1 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
I am definitely in the minority., 14 July 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

squeaky shoes, drawers, carts, etc. much like "The Artist" minimal dialog

Pierre Étaix co-directed one of Jacques Tati's great hits, "Mon Oncle" and I noticed that many folks think his style is very close to Tati's--which it is. However, and this is very important, if you don't like Tati's film, you'll probably not be particularly fond of "Yoyo". The film looks a bit like the recent film "The Artist" combined with Tati as well as Chaplin. Many love this, it's true. I didn't. I just felt that the pacing was extremely slow and the film lacked energy and fun.

The film begins with a bored, rich guy (Pierre Étaix) in a huge house. He seems to have no interest in anything and eventually you learn it's because he's lost his love--a woman who ran off to be in the circus. This portion of the film is very much like a silent film--with very little dialog and VERY over-exaggerated sound effects. I thought it rather annoying when you hear almost explosively loud squeaking shoes and sliding drawers. It was supposed to be wasn't.

When the stock market crashes in 1929, the bored rich guy sells off the contents of his house and goes in search of this lady love. They meet and tour the country entertaining--along with her son (the rich guy now realizes he has a kid), Yoyo. Yoyo is a small and very talented clown and when he grows, he is ALSO played by Étaix. He moves back into the empty mansion and restores it to its old glory--but eventually it turns out he's pretty bored and the home is emotionally empty.

If you like mimes and Jacques Tati, then by all means watch this film. Otherwise, for me, it just wasn't particularly interesting. While it had some very nice sight gags, I just didn't care one bit about the characters--a serious flaw.

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