Frankreich 17.Jh: Landarzt Benjamin liebt die reizende Gastwirtstochter Manette. Doch Manette kennt ihn als unverbesserlichen Schürzenjäger und verlangt vor der Liebe die Heirat. Als ...
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Frankreich 17.Jh: Landarzt Benjamin liebt die reizende Gastwirtstochter Manette. Doch Manette kennt ihn als unverbesserlichen Schürzenjäger und verlangt vor der Liebe die Heirat. Als Benjamin bereit ist, verweigert Manettes geiziger Vater seine Tochter. Doch der junge Hector hilft dem beim Marquis in Ungnade gefallenen Benjamin. Am Ende folgt Manette ihrem Benjmain auch ohne Trauschein ins Exil. Written by
I have fond memories of this movie, which used to be shown on French TV repeatedly in the 70's, and not only because of Jacques Brel. This is picaresque at its best, the story of a XVIIIe Century country doctor prone to applied libertinism (preferably in haystacks with well-endowed girls) and free-thinking. Shot in 1969, its "paillardise" - bawdiness - is perhaps as faithful to the original novel as to its own time, and absolutely enjoyable. Think about a mixture of Cyrano and Tom Jones (the movie, not the singer). Brel is wonderful, though again the sympathetic proto-revolutionary hero, as are Claude Jade and the rest of a colorful cast.
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