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The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (1972)

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire (original title)
A hapless orchestra player becomes an unwitting pawn of rival factions within the French secret service after he is chosen as a decoy by being identified as a super secret agent.

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Christine
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Jean Obé ...
Botrel
Robert Castel ...
Georghiu
Jean Saudray ...
Poucet
Roger Caccia ...
M. Boudart
Maurice Barrier ...
Chaperon
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Le faux livreur
Arlette Balkis
Tania Balachova
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Storyline

Two factions of the French Secret Service involve a seemingly normal orchestra player, Francois Perrin, into their battle as one side uses him as a decoy. Soon, agents are all over the place, and one of them, Christine, is sent to seduce Francois. Meanwhile, Francois has his own problems, tangled up in an affair with his best friend's wife. Written by Kumar

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Trivia

Francis Veber used to call most of his characters with names based on famous cities (Toulouse, Milan, Perrache etc.) in order to avoid any confusion with real life persons. See more »

Quotes

Botrel: [referring to Perrin] He's right out of a circus!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits are shown on different playing cards. They 'magically' change when a magician's hand flips, turns, and waves his hands over the cards. See more »

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Soundtracks

Sirba (Thème)
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Panpipe performed by Gheorghe Zamfir
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Perfect Comedy with Great Soundtrack
26 November 2006 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

This comedy/mystery is simply delightful. You can call it a masterpiece of its genre(s) or you can just enjoy its great timing, hilarious physical comedy, its story that involves spies, murders, and a sexy blonde (Mireille Darc) in a dress you have to see to believe. Pierre Richar is excellent as the blond man of the title who one day became a "person of great interest" for two rival departments in the French secret service. As we know, it is very difficult to find a black cat in a dark room especially if the cat is not in the room and that's what the experienced employees of the secret service try to do - to find the sense in the routine activities of a man they are convinced is an important spy and who is in reality an absent-minded and oblivious violinist and the object of the practical jokes by his fellow musicians.

If it is not enough, there is a soundtrack written by Vladimir Cosma and performed by the King of Pan Flute, a famous Romanian musician Gheorghe Zamfir. Cosma recalls that when he was composing the music for The Tall Blond Man, he was thinking of the movie "The Spy Who Came in From the Cold" and he wanted to use the elements of the Eastern European music. His idea to use the themes of Romanian doinas played by Zamfir was a stroke of genius. Once you hear the melodies, you won't be able to forget them.

YES to the movie and YES!! to the soundtrack


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