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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 »
(11 articles)
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Tati plus Chaplin See more (8 total) »


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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
Location Management
Georges Fontenelle .... location unit manager
Clément Ollier .... location unit manager
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
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)
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1.78 : 1 See more »
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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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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Tati plus Chaplin, 6 May 2013
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

This movie was on TCM the other evening and I am glad I caught it. Host Robert Osborne explained that it was tied up in litigation for many years and has had little TV or theater exposure. Coincidentally, it was at the Film Forum in NYC in April, along with 3 other films of director/star/writer Pierre Etaix.

As mentioned in my title, he borrows heavily from both Tati and Chaplin, and it is a very successful blend of both. He has lots of clever sight gags of the kind Tati sprinkled liberally throughout his films, as well as the prolonged kind of skit favored by Chaplin. But whereas Tati's characters are primarily two-dimensional, Chaplin's are often fleshed out with heart, and the humor contained sometimes comes with a tinge of pathos. Etaix combines the best elements of both masters and the result is a very thoughtful brand of comedy which draws the viewer in like a vortex.

I only recorded this one, but I wish I had recorded the others. His is a unique type of humor which comes with an emotional ingredient I had not seen before in film comedy. It is presented as a mini-saga, for lack of a better term, of a boy who grows to manhood trying to earn enough to restore his father's château. His mother, a circus acrobat, had become estranged from his father years earlier and retained custody of the boy. More than 40 years elapse during the film and Etaix plays both the father and, later, the boy grown up.

A reviewer above mentioned that Etaix displayed genius. I would like to see more proof but the reviewer is on the right track. "Yoyo" is a special film from a gifted filmmaker which will touch your heart as comedy rarely does.

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