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Adieu Léonard (1943)

A bungling thief is threatened by one target with blackmail, unless the thief will kill his own cousin, a wealthy eccentric who is considered the village idiot.


Pierre Prévert


Jacques Prévert (dialogue), Jacques Prévert (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Trenet ... Ludovic Malvoisin - un doux poète
Pierre Brasseur ... Prosper Bonenfant - un affairiste véreux
Julien Carette ... Félicien Léonard - un fabricant de farces et attrapes ruiné (as Carette)
Denise Grey ... Bernardine Léonard - la femme insupportable et dépensière de Félicien
Jean Meyer Jean Meyer ... Eugène Tancrède - un poète
Jacqueline Pagnol ... Paulette - une serveuse qui aime Ludovic (as Jacqueline Bouvier)
Gaby Wagner Gaby Wagner ... Marguerite, la jolie voyageuse
Marcel Pérès Marcel Pérès ... Le patron du café 'La Confiance'
Albert Rémy ... Le marchand d'oiseaux
Jeanne Arnoux Jeanne Arnoux
Roger Blin Roger Blin ... Le chef bohémien
René Bourbon René Bourbon ... Maître Failtrain - le notaire
Jenny Burnay Jenny Burnay ... Geneviève Bonenfant - la femme de Prosper
Jean Dasté ... Le raccommodeur de porcelaine
Guy Decomble Guy Decomble ... Le rémouleur (as Decomble)


A bungling thief is threatened by one target with blackmail, unless the thief will kill his own cousin, a wealthy eccentric who is considered the village idiot.

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Like a Prevert poem
20 August 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

People will say that the plot does not make sense.It does in the Prevertesque way.Mainly in the first part,it's all linked with absolute skill.

On a train ,a two-bit thief (Carette)tries to strip a lady from what she has on her:too bad,she's a thief herself and smarter than he is.So his wicked cousin Tancrède tells him there's a safe in a house in the neighborhood and he knows the combination.The hero takes his brats to the robbery ,pretending he's taking them to the dentist.Alas,he is caught in the act and his victim (Pierre Brasseur)blackmails him: either he kills his rich cousin Ludovic ,or he gives him away to the Police.

Ludovic (Charles Trénet's best film performance,by far)is considered the idiot of the village .Village idiot,yes,but in Prévert's way: that is to say he is happy,at once mad and sensible,leading his life without worrying about the gossips.

His house, where he puts up gypsies,a flower lady, a grinder and more is worthy of Prevert's poem "Inventaire" . And when Ludovic and his friends leave the house,because living alone (and leaving alone as well) is too hard for him,they make me think of another poem "En Sortant de L'Ecole" .

A good knowledge of French is useful because of the puns,the black humor and the poetry of the dialog.

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1 September 1943 (France) See more »

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