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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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Sergeant Bosselet
Jacques Dufilho ...
Paul Rechampot
Catherine Rouvel ...
Marinette
Jacques Spiesser ...
Hubert Fresnoy
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Caprice
Benjamin Memel Atchory ...
Assomption
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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
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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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The picture that marches to a different drummer.

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The original French title of this movie was "La Victoire en Chantant" (Victory, as she sings), the first line of the famous patriotic song "Le chant du Départ" (The Farewell Hymn), written in 1794 during the French Revolution and nicknamed "the Marseillaise's twin". The untranslatable title became "Black and White in Colour" which was later re-translated literally. 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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An exquisite and ironic protest against the madness of war.
16 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is more than 20 years since I saw BLACK AND WHITE IN COLOR, but this lovely and masterful film still stands out in my memory as a great movie-going experience. What remains after twenty years? The delicate sense of humor and irony which skewers the irrational nationalistic fervor that prevents people from seeing the truth before their eyes and the feelings in their hearts; the extraordinary beauty of the images drawn from the saturated African light; the awful sadness I felt, as comedy descended into tragedy, and I realized that this absurd situation was terribly real, terribly true.

I don't know if this film is available on video, but certainly , in whatever venue, it is an opportunity not to be missed.


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