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The Big Flag (1954)
"Le grand pavois" (original title)

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For Naval officers duty comes first. Navy Lieutenant Favrel is one of these men. He has promised his wife Simone to stay with her all the time but a last mission aboard a training cruiser ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Chevrier ...
Le lieutenant de marine Jean Favrel
Marc Cassot ...
L'élève officier de marine Pierre Hardouin
Marie Mansart ...
Simone Favrel
Nicole Courcel ...
Madeleine
Raphaël Patorni ...
Chéruel
François Patrice ...
Derval
Roger Crouzet ...
Ferrand
Jean-Pierre Mocky ...
Luc Dutoit - un midship
Jean Murat ...
Le capitaine Jabert
Raymond Hermantier ...
Leduc
Micheline Gary ...
Françoise Aubry
Jean Lanier ...
Paul Aubry
Nicole Besnard ...
Corinne
Marie d'Hyvert ...
Monique
Bernard Dhéran ...
Lucien Barré
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For Naval officers duty comes first. Navy Lieutenant Favrel is one of these men. He has promised his wife Simone to stay with her all the time but a last mission aboard a training cruiser makes him realize that his life is tied to the sea. For his part, Navy cadet Pierre Hardouin understands that sailing is his vocation. The prospect of staying home alone while Pierre is on mission, frightens Madeleine, the girl of his heart. But the young woman ends up accepting the ordeal and marrying Pierre. Written by Guy Bellinger

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21 June 1954 (France)  »

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French visa # 14040 delivered on 2-7-1954. See more »

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Obsolete.
30 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

So obsolete it's interesting as a museum item.This movie deals with life on the "Joan of Arc" warship in the fifties .The plot is insignificant(the problems of sailors who leave their wives or fiancees for a long time is quickly forgotten) and takes a back seat to documentary interest:the rituals,when the men cross the equator for the first time,the "funeral" for a subaltern (before he became a superior).

This seems too good to be true sometimes.Oddly,the storm scenes recall Ridley Scott's "white squall" (1996)(the other way about more like!)

At the beginning ,the girls often say :"I wish I were a boy".Nowadays,no problem: there are women in the navy.

They don't do movies like this one -actually ,in the fifties,that were not,as it has always been mooted , an artistic nadir for French cinema,it was already out of fashion-,hence its -relative- charm.


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