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22 February 1973 (France) See more »
The film narrates a utopian abandonment, consensual and festive of the market economy and high productivity... See more » | Add synopsis »
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THE YEAR 01 (Jacques Doillon, Alain Resnais & Jean Rouch, 1973) **1/2 See more (4 total) »


Véronique Alain

Josiane Balasko
Georges Bernier
Romain Bouteille ... Le collectionneur de billets de banque
François Béranger
Cabu ... Un conspirateur
François Cavanna ... Un conspirateur
Professeur Choron ... Un conspirateur

Christian Clavier ... Un télespectateur du débat
Véronique K. Colucci ... La dactylo (as Véronique Kantor)
Coluche ... Le chef de bureau
Delfeil de Ton ... Un conspirateur
Philippe Defrance
Christine Dejoux

Albert Delpy ... Le voleur de bijoux

Gérard Depardieu ... Un voyageur qui ne prend pas le train
Lee Falk ... Le banquier (segment "New York")
Jean-Paul Farré ... Le pompiste
Marcel Gassouk ... Le père du chef de bureau
Marcel Gotlib ... Un gardien de prison
Henri Guybet ... L'homme qui se reveille à 6 heure
Jacques Higelin

Gérard Jugnot ... Un télespectateur du débat
Nelly Kaplan
Daniel Laloux ... Un publicitaire
Martin Lamotte

Patrice Leconte ... Le chauffeur du général

Stan Lee ... Récitant / New York's Narrator (voice)

Thierry Lhermitte
Patrice Minet ... Un homme qui joue à travailler au bureau

Miou-Miou ... La femme qui se reveille à 6 heure
Jean-Pierre Moulin ... Le lieutenant
David Pascal ... Le vendeur de journaux (segment "New York")
Marie Pillet ... La femme dans l'épicerie
Maud Rayer
Jacques Robiolles
Jean-Pierre Sentier
Susan Shapiro ... Girl in taxi - Wall St.
Jean-Paul Tribout ... L'amoureux scientifique
Frederic Tuten ... (scene 'New York')

Xavier Bonastre ... Un passant (uncredited)
François Valleix ... Un passant (uncredited)

Directed by
Jacques Doillon 
Alain Resnais (sequence director "Séquence de New York")
Jean Rouch (sequence director "au Niger")
Writing credits
Gébé (written by)

Original Music by
François Béranger 
Jean-Marie Dusuzeau 
Cinematography by
Gérard de Battista 
Michel Houssiau  (as Mike Houssiau-Chenz)
William Lubtchansky 
Robert Millié 
Jean Monsigny 
Renan Pollès (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Noëlle Boisson 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jean-Jacques Schakmundès .... assistant director
Sound Department
Jean Charrière .... sound
Alain Contreault .... sound
Dominique Dalmasso .... sound
Gérard Delassus .... sound
Pierre Gamet .... sound
Georges Jacquinot .... sound
Pierre Lorrain .... sound (as Bernard Lorrain)
Forrest Murray .... sound
Jacques Orth .... sound mixer
Jean-Louis Ughetto .... sound
Editorial Department
Zoé Durouchoux .... assistant editor
Jean-François Goyet .... assistant editor
Other crew
Fran Boehm .... collaborator
Patricia Churchill .... collaborator: "Séquence New York" (as Pat Churchill)
Manuel Durouchoux .... collaborator
Roger Fleytoux .... collaborator
Edward Folger .... collaborator: "Séquence New York" (as Ed Folger)
Claude Luquet .... collaborator
Florence Malraux .... collaborator: "Séquence New York"
Gérard Soirant .... collaborator
John H. Starke .... collaborator: "Séquence New York" (as John Starke)
Dominique Toussaint .... collaborator

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Also Known As:
"L'an 01" - France (original title)
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90 min
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THE YEAR 01 (Jacques Doillon, Alain Resnais & Jean Rouch, 1973) **1/2, 11 March 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Unlike FAR FROM Vietnam (1967; directly preceded by it in my viewing schedule), which the late Alain Resnais was also a part of, this is not a documentary (yet a fairly obscure title in comparison) but more or less a narrative film (thus making the individual input of the three directors indiscernible!) – albeit still of a heavily political and, by extension, dated nature. Incidentally, while an off-screen voice complaining that the credits are hard-to-read is assured that people watching the movie will recognize the actors regardless, I only caught sight myself of a pre-stardom Gerard Depardieu in the very first vignette!

What we have here is the anti-establishment attitude, typified by the May 1968 riots and which would inform several contemporaneous releases, agreeably presented via a series of satirical sketches – not that this alleviates the intrinsic didacticism of such fare. The premise is simple enough: a day and time are set on which all work is to stop; at first, the formerly oppressed classes relish their freedom (for which they also give up their house keys, since property no longer belongs to any individual but to one and all, with elderly people reluctant to embrace this viewpoint forced to improvise in concealing it!) – but soon begin to realize that some vital services simply cannot be abandoned, and themselves start to feel bored with the lack of activity (not even the opportunity to develop relationships suffices to satisfactorily occupy their time)! Eventually, they start taking up new interests, including turning pavements into makeshift gardens – and, so as not to forget where they were coming from, theatrical representations of their former lives are held!

Unsurprisingly, the level of the writing (by someone listed solely under the nom-de-plume Gebe'!) is hit-or-miss and, yet, some of it proves quite inspired: workers in a given position dub themselves like rock groups; a young man's 'novel' pursuit involves the collection of paper money, which has ostensibly lost its value since the onset of "Year One", but he still has amassed a staggering 648 million Francs!; this obvious financial crisis leads to a mass suicide (by way of people leaping out of windows into the crowded streets below) in Wall Street – a scene which recalls a similar gag in the contemporaneous Monty Python vehicle AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT (1971)!

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