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Black and White in Color (1976)
"Noirs et blancs en couleur" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  8 May 1977 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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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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world war one in colonial a African backwater. inhabited by many great characters
14 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

this film lead me on a odyssey: to see as many films of the former colonial masters views of themselves. none of the other films reached the level of brilliance of Black, White in Color.

the sheer madness of a rag tag ARMY marching to destruction, followed by the racially "superior" colonist being carried in their SEDAN chairs can only be equaled by SPRING TIME FOR Hitler via the Producers. the writers create many great characters and many moments of hilarity follow. some of my favorite moments: the priest"s servant on his Muslim pray rug praying with a Christian cross dangling from his neck. the priests again, being carried in their SEDAN chairs while being throughly mocked by their porters.

the last scenes, with the french consoling the Germans over their loss and the two young strategists comparing notes, self assured of their superiority, can world war two be far?


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