....a man of the past in 1967.All his best works (and there are plenty of them)were behind him:"Les Disparus de Saint-Agil" "L'Assassinat du Père Noel" "Boule de Suif" "Un Revenant" "Fanfan la Tulipe" ,to name but five ...
In the sixties (and seventies) there were two commendable works "La Tulipe Noire" and "Le Repas des Fauves" ,both featuring Henri Jeanson's incomparable lines.
After 1965,he had no idea what he was doing:poor suspense films ("la Seconde Verite" ),dismal remakes ("Les Amours de Lady Hamilton" ),coarse comedies ("les Petroleuses" ) and of course spy thrillers("The Saint" well before the Val Kilmer version,"Doctor Justice " and the movie I'm writing about)
"Deux Billets Pour Mexico" (French title)has an international cast :Peter Lawford (US),Georges Guéret and Jean Tissier (France) ,Ira Furstenberg and Horst Frank (Germany),Maria Bucella (Spain)....It's pleasant at best (notably the scene with the antique dealer ),trite at worst.It's essentially a chase movie but it displays nothing of what French people liked in Christian-Jaque's best films:his pacifism,his faith in Man and in a better world .
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