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Aventure malgache (1944)

Not Rated | | Short, War | June 1944 (Portugal)
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While preparing backstage, an actor tells his castmates about an adventure he had during World War II in the Axis-controlled French colony of Madagascar working for the Resistance and clashing with the collaborationist local police chief.

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Alfred Hitchcock
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Michel - Chef de la Sureté (as The Molière Players)
Paul Clarus Paul Clarus ... Clarousse (as The Molière Players)
Jean Dattas Jean Dattas ... Man behind Michel, reading a telegram (as The Molière Players)
Andre Frere Andre Frere ... Pierrot (as The Molière Players)
Paulette Preney Paulette Preney ... Yvonne (as The Molière Players)
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Storyline

The Moliere players are in their dressing room, getting ready to go on set. One actor mentions to another that his face reminds him of an opportunist turncoat he knew when he was in the Resistance. He then relates the adventure that he had in the Resistance, running an illegal radio station and dodging the Nazis. Written by Kathy Li

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Short | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

French

Release Date:

June 1944 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Madagascar Landing See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The French title, "Aventure malgache", in English would be "Madagascar Adventure", "Malagasy Adventure", or "Adventure in Madagascar". See more »

Goofs

When Michel picks up the bottle labeled "Vichy", he is holding it in the middle but in the close-up, he is holding it around the neck. See more »

Quotes

Clarousse: This is Free Madagascar broadcasting to you tonight. Calling every night. Proclaim Madagascar's political and economic autonomy. Join the Allies! Listen to me, everyone - and that includes you, Michel, you filthy hypocrite, you Vichyite lackey, born of Pétain and of criminal instincts - Vichy will let the Japanese take over Madagascar as they did Indo-China. The Allies, I hope, will forestall them. When the Allies come, greet them as liberators, not as enemies. Do not obey orders from the Vichy...
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Referenced in Cinemania (2002) See more »

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Not worth seeking out
14 October 2001 | by zetesSee all my reviews

As a major Hitchcock fan, I was excited to get the chance to see this rarely-seen propaganda short that Hitchcock made in England in the French langauge about the French resistance. The results are far below Hitchcock's talents. The film is too dialogue heavy and convoluted. I can just barely tell you what happened in this film, and what I remember now, two minutes after finishing it, will be completely gone within a half an hour. It doesn't work as entertainment, and it certainly doesn't work as propaganda. Perhaps Hitchcock should have studied Eisenstein, who had the capability to churn out propaganda imbued with extraordinary artistry. Aventure Malgache was simply done too quickly and without enough thought. 5/10.


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