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Skipper Next to God (1951)
"Maître après Dieu" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  2 March 1951 (France)
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Captain Joris Kniper believes so strongly that he is "skipper next to God" that he is used to playing God on his ship. Tough and bossy, he gives orders which are not to be discussed. But, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Jacques François ...
Le docteur
Jean Mercure ...
Le rabbin
Louis Seigner ...
Le pasteur Lewis (as Louis Seigner sociétaire de la Comédie Française)
Pierre Latour ...
Guy Mairesse ...
Un passager juif
L'officier allemand
Emilio Carrer ...
L'officier égyptien (as Emilio Carrere)
Yvette Etiévant ...
La fille (as Yvette Etievent)
Maurice Lagrenée ...
Le consul de Hollande (as Maurice Lagrenee)
Abel Jacquin ...
Le commandant américain
Albert Rémy ...
Le cuistot (as Albert Remy)
Loleh Bellon ...
Jean-Pierre Grenier ...
Le Bosco


Captain Joris Kniper believes so strongly that he is "skipper next to God" that he is used to playing God on his ship. Tough and bossy, he gives orders which are not to be discussed. But, some day, he is driven to accept on board several German Jews fleeing the nazis and who are refused asylum everywhere. He gradually realizes that skipper he is, but next to God only.The Bible will help him to find the way to self-questioning, awareness and charity. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Skipper next to God/Ark,the angels come
20 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Louis Daquin made one great work " Le Voyageur de la Toussaint" but the rest of his filmography has sunk into oblivion."Maître Après Dieu" tells the story of a captain ,his crew and a group of Jews fleeing Germany en route to Egypt.There ,they are refused because their visas are not valid.So the captain decides to take them to America...

The film suffers from the obvious low budget.Recreating Africa,a German harbor ,Alexandria ,it is more than the studios can afford.Besides,in "Manon" (1949) HG Clouzot had already depicted a ship full of Jews ,and Louis Daquin ,with all his finer feelings,is no match for the one French director who has got two movies in the IMDb top 250.

However,the film is not uninteresting:Daquin put the weight on Pierre Brasseur and he carried it.His portrayal of a generous captain is excellent.Do not miss,in the first sequence ,his appearance as God the Father ,about to steal the coconuts from the missionaries.

I'm not a specialist but it seems to me that Daquin and his script writers mix the Christian and the Jewish religions.But it does not matter:the captain has become a new Mosis en route to the promised land.Reading the Bible,a thing he has never done before,he makes a deal with God!If He does not help him (= If He does not send his angel )save his protégés ,he will ask for Hell's help.Even the priest does not believe in Angels anymore.And against all odds ,the angels will come,in their own peculiar way.

Beautiful score by Jean Wiener.

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