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Black and White in Color (1976)

La victoire en chantant (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama, War | 8 May 1977 (USA)
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they ... See full summary »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Sergeant Bosselet
Jacques Dufilho ...
Paul Rechampot
Catherine Rouvel ...
Marinette
Jacques Spiesser ...
Hubert Fresnoy
Maurice Barrier ...
Caprice
Benjamin Memel Atchory ...
Assomption
Peter Berling ...
Père Jean de la Croix
Marius Beugre Boignan ...
Barthelmy
Claude Legros ...
Jacques Rechampot
Dora Doll ...
Maryvonne
Baye Macoumba Diop ...
Lamartine
Jacques Monnet ...
Père Simon
Dieter Schidor ...
Kraft
Aboubakar Toine ...
Fidele
Marc Zuber ...
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French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make "proper" soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the "war" after several bungles on the part of the others. Written by Carl Seiler <lcs9549@tamsun.tamu.edu>

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Comedy | Drama | War

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This was the first winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film after the rules for the category were changed requiring all Academy members who wished to vote having to prove they had attended screenings of all five nominees. See more »

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Hubert Fresnoy: We shouldn't expect miracles, and that's not what I expect of you.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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Funny, subversive, political.
8 January 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Somewhat familiar, but often very funny anti-war, anti-imperialist satire/farce.

A motley bunch of French, holding down a colonial fort in Africa, discover that WWI has been declared, so go and attack their German neighbors, using their native semi-servants as soldiers, with disastrous results.

Few films manage to wrestle so well, with so many issues – racism, nationalism, religious hypocrisy, etc.

If it kept to it's most original moments, and didn't fall over the edge occasionally into the silly or obviously preachy at times it would be a great film. As is, I might well re-visit. Some professional critics rave, some hate it.


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