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3 March 1976 (France) See more »
In a vacation camp somewhere in the French country, 1960. Marc et Philippe are two of the counsellors... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 6 nominations See more »
(2 articles)
Audrey Tautou/THÉRÈSE Desqueyroux: Cannes Closing Film
 (From Alt Film Guide. 18 April 2012, 11:23 AM, PDT)

Claude Miller obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 6 April 2012, 7:19 AM, PDT)

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La Meilleure Façon De Marcher : A great ''Claude Miller" film with excellent performances by two Patricks :) Patrick Dewaere and Patrick Bouchitey. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Patrick Dewaere ... Marc

Patrick Bouchitey ... Philippe
Christine Pascal ... Chantal
Claude Piéplu ... Camp director
Marc Chapiteau ... Gerard
Michel Blanc ... Deloux
Michel Such ... Leni
Frank D'Ascanio ... Herve
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathan Miller ... Kid with glasses (uncredited)

Directed by
Claude Miller 
Writing credits
Claude Miller (scenario)

Luc Béraud (adaptation and dialogue) &
Claude Miller (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Mag Bodard .... co-producer: Cinémag
Jean-François Davy .... co-producer: Contrechamp
Hubert Niogret .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alain Jomy 
Cinematography by
Bruno Nuytten 
Film Editing by
Jean-Bernard Bonis 
Production Design by
Hilton McConnico  (as Hilton Mac Connico)
Costume Design by
Hilton McConnico  (as Hilton Mac Connico)
Makeup Department
Joël Lavau .... makeup artist
Production Management
Armand Barbault .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Béraud .... assistant director
Michel Such .... assistant director
Art Department
Diego Blanco .... trainee set designer
Sound Department
Maurice Gilbert .... sound mixer
Paul Lainé .... sound
Michel Villain .... boom operator
Camera and Electrical Department
Louis Bihi .... gaffer
Olivier Lapeyrère .... assistant camera
Jean-Pierre Pasquier .... still photographer
Edouard Pezzali .... key grip
Joël Quentin .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Annie Miller .... assistant editor
Sophie Planché .... assistant editor
Other crew
Anne Beraud .... press attache
Joseline Bonneau .... accountant
Marta Carliski .... press attache (as Marta Carlisky)
Jacques Fontanier .... intern
Miguelle Monthieux .... production secretary
Martine Revert .... script supervisor
Daniel Vaissaire .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La meilleure façon de marcher" - France (original title)
"The Best Way" - International (English title) (short title)
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82 min | USA:85 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
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The title is inspired by a holiday camp song. The lyrics are : The best way to walk, after all, is ours. It's to put a foot in front of the other and then doing it again.See more »
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La Meilleure Façon De Marcher : A great ''Claude Miller" film with excellent performances by two Patricks :) Patrick Dewaere and Patrick Bouchitey., 18 June 2013
Author: FilmCriticLalitRao from Paris, France

In the history of French cinema, "La Meilleure Façon De Marcher" is considered an important film for two main reasons. Firstly, it is the best film directed by French director Claude Miller who has made extremely personal films about his protagonists: young and old alike, who show tremendous intellectual growth in order to emerge victorious despite facing tough personal problems. He was inspired by the giant of Swedish cinema Ingmar Bergman who once remarked that it is after having faced humiliation that a person gets the chance to be mature in life. This film is highly authentic as it is true to life in its depiction of events which happen both in a camp setting as well as in an educational setup. One has to simply watch one of his film better films "L'Effrontée" starring Charlotte Gainsbourg in order to comprehend how close he places himself in order to understand the tough world of his protagonists. Secondly, this is an ideal film for learning more about famous French actor Patrick Dewaere who has excelled in anti hero role. The best way to walk is entertaining in its own manner while revealing a straight relationship angle involving an oppressor and his oppressed victim. As there is a free exchange of feelings and sentiments between these two persons, one gets the feeling that there is some sort of mutual appreciation for each other despite some simmering tension. From this film, it has been established without doubt that apart from the greatest "God" of French actors Monsieur Jean Gabin, if there is an actor who displays tremendous sense of screen presence and a range of diverse performances in French cinema then it is Patrice Dewaere who has won innumerable hearts with his films. In 'La Meilleure Façon De Marcher", one can retain his attitude of meanness with serenity. It is a shame that some so called established critics have failed to correctly assess this film's qualities as one of them has observed that this film suffers from a weak end which is utter non sense as it is a perfect device to depict two different time periods in which the film's protagonists have lived. One can conclude this film's assessment by stating that it shows that the best way to walk in any situation is to put best foot forward. It also depicts that one can tell the truth but have to be ready to pay the prize for doing it.

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