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La collection Ménard (1944)

In search of a father,in the streets of Paris.

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Credited cast:
Alfred Baillou ...
Un représentant de famille Ménard
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Le conservateur du musée de mathématiques
Georges Bever ...
Le garçon de café
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Le guide
Max Dalban ...
L'assistant
Marguerite de Morlaye ...
Une infirmière
Suzanne Dehelly ...
Dora
Édouard Delmont ...
Le colonial
Marguerite Deval ...
Madame veuve Ménard
Maurice Devienne
Louis Florencie ...
Le commissaire
Gabrielle Fontan ...
La concierge
Foun-Sen ...
Renée Ménard
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Le millionnaire centenaire
René Génin ...
Le clochard
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An Indochinese orphan comes to Paris in search of the man she believes to be her father. All she knows about him is that his name is Paul Ménard, so she goes through the phone book with the intention of visiting the whole "collection" of Paul Ménards in Paris.She visits some of them:a curator,a mad psychiatrist,a centenarian.....Will she succeed in her search? Written by dbdumonteil

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12 April 1944 (France)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Father you left me.....
23 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

...but I never left you! A film which is anything but derivative but which in the end falls short of its goal.The script is often boring (I almost fell asleep halfway through),there are too few lovely or magical moments in "la Collection Ménard" .A far east young girl comes to Europa to find his father she 's never known..

Casting an Asiatic actress as the lead (Foun-Sen appeared in other FRench movies ,some of which very famous ("Drôle de Drame" ),but remained unnoticed) was quite original for the time (generally they used to make up outrageously a French thespian ).But Viot tried to imitate Jacques Prévert and it's his downfall:too few of his lines were really funny ,witty or moving,except in some scenes which are few and far between: -like the meeting with the senile old man listening to the old folk song (Written just before the FRench Revolution and thus a true omen of the things to come) "Il Pleut Bergère" ....

-Or Marguerite Moreno's short appearance as a novelist ..

-Or the scene in the registry office (the Public Records Office)where Jean Tissier asks people to be polite.

But it is an uneven film;the subject was excellent and the ending is nothing but conventional ,but neither the writer nor the director rise to the occasion.


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