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Pierre Étaix (written by) &
Jean-Claude Carrière (written by)
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Release Date:
25 February 1966 (France) See more »
The director's cut (restored version) opens and closes with theatrical curtains in homage to Georges Méliés films... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Pierre Étaix 
Writing credits
Pierre Étaix (written by) &
Jean-Claude Carrière (written by)

Produced by
Paul Claudon .... producer
Original Music by
René Giner 
Luce Klein 
Jean Paillaud 
Cinematography by
Jean Boffety 
Film Editing by
Henri Lanoë 
Raymond Lewin 
Roger Salesse 
Andrée Werlin  (as André Verlin)
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte 
Production Design by
Jacques D'Ovidio 
Set Decoration by
Raymond Gabutti 
Production Management
Jean-Louis Bertrand .... unit manager
Christian Gallo .... unit manager
Hubert Mérial .... production manager
Tonio Suné .... unit manager
Sound Department
Jean Bertrand .... sound
Jacques Maumont .... sound mixer
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
André Thiéry .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Forster .... still photographer
Music Department
Jean Bouchéty .... orchestrator
Lucien Merer .... orchestrator
Léo Petit .... orchestrator
Other crew
Suzanne Ohanessian .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Tant qu'on a la santé" - France (original title)
"As Long As You're Healthy" - International (English title)
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Germany:77 min | Taiwan:65 min (Taipei Film Festival)
Black and White (Sepiatone) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The original version received the 1966 Silver Mermaid prize at the Incontro Internazionale del Cinema di Sorrento, Italy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited into Feeling Good (2010)See more »


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This one plays a lot like a Jerry Lewis film...., 6 August 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In "As Long as You've Got Your Health", Pierre Étaix brings us a film in which jokes come one after another after another at such a rapid pace that it boggles the mind! And, while many of the jokes fall flat, enough of them give you a little chuckle that it's probably worth your time. Don't expect a lot of plot here--and in many ways it reminds me of several Jerry Lewis films--particularly "The Bellboy". Both have minimal plots and both have rapid-fire jokes--some of which fall very flat and some of which are very clever. And, like the Lewis films, this one relies extensively on physical humor. It sure appears as if Étaix has learned from Lewis--and, of course, Lewis from Jacques Tati. And, of course, Tati from.....and the list goes on and on!

The film is broken into four segments. They are as follows:

L'insomnie--Pierre Étaix plays a man who cannot sleep and so he sits in bed reading a scary novel about vampires. On the plus side, the visuals were great--quite spooky and exciting to see. On the negative, it just wasn't all that funny and relied on a final punchline...which doesn't work if you anticipate it happening.

Le cinématographe--The setting is a movie theater. At first, the film is about all the crazy little annoyances that can occur at such a place. Later, Étaix falls asleep and dreams that life is like a long series of commercials (much like they did on "The Carol Burnett Show"). The jokes are hit and miss but there are so many, I didn't mind. Kind of fun.

Tant qu'on a la santé--About life's little annoyances. Not funny in the least and pretty flat. Étaix is in this segment the least of the four. My least favorite of the four segments.

Nous n'irons plus au bois--Étaix is out hunting, an old man is TRYING to work and a couple are on a picnic. All three end up annoying each other and there are LOTS of jokes here. Most of the time, Étaix unintentionally instigates many of the problems. This is by far the best and funniest of the four segments and my wife and I particularly liked the duck.

So there you have it--four small films within a film. Some bad, some very good and some in between. It's a real mixed bag, that's for sure.

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