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Farewell Mister Grock (1950)

Au revoir M. Grock (original title)
Biography of Grock,the greatest clown in history,beginning at WW2.

Director:

Pierre Billon

Writers:

Christian-Falaize (as B. Christian-Falaize), Nino Constantini (as N.A. Costantini) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Grock ... Adrien Wettach, dit 'Grock'
Ted Rémy Ted Rémy ... Adrien - jeune homme (as Ted Remy)
Adrien Osperi Adrien Osperi ... Adrien - child
Suzy Prim ... La comtesse Barinoff
Charles Lemontier ... M. Durand (as Lemontier)
Héléna Manson Héléna Manson ... Tante Pauline
Nadine Rousseau Nadine Rousseau ... Madame Wettach
Georges Chamarat ... Le pere Wattach (as Georges Chamarat de la Comédie Française)
Alfonso Bovino Alfonso Bovino ... L'enfant italien Alphonso
Peter Graham Peter Graham ... Lord Peter
Axel Scholtz Axel Scholtz ... Kurt Heller
Jean-Jacques Domenge Jean-Jacques Domenge ... Jeannot
Paul Oettly Paul Oettly ... Wittzec
Philipp Gruß Philipp Gruß ... Roberto Wittez / Wetzel (as Philippe Gruss)
Camille Gari Camille Gari ... Roberta
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Grock is an aging clown who meets a boy in the street,Adrien ,who goes to the school he used to go when he was a pupil;he tells him they have the same first name and a long flashback shows the artist's childhood,youth ,and rise to fame. Return to the present with the declaration of war :a scene takes place at the border ,where Grock performs an impromptu show to entertain the scared children(and grown-ups) A father brings his son Adrien to Grock and tells him his boy wants to grow up to be a clown too;the show must go on. Written by dbdumonteil

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Good even for a clown movie
13 September 2015 | by markwood272See all my reviews

Pierre Billon directed this film about the life and career of the celebrated polyglot Swiss clown "Grock", aka Adrien Wettach. Saw this via YouTube 9/13/15 and kinda enjoyed it. An interesting look at this clown's work under the Big Top, a career with which I was completely unfamiliar before watching this biopic on a blurry, erratic VHS upload.

I usually avoid clown movies and clowns generally, but this film served more as a core sample of the dismal history of Europe in the first half of the 20th century. The subject of the film's life and career was interesting enough to keep me from becoming too focused on the clown thing.

Grock's life experiences spanned the age of horse-drawn transport through the advent of television and jet aircraft, the seventy years (1880-1950) covered in the film. His bits could employ verbal humor and were not confined to what you would expect from a guy in greasepaint and oversize shoes. Some of the performances in the film were not far removed from the routines of Abbott and Costello or even Martin and Lewis.

At seventy he could still move around quite well, play an assortment of musical instruments, and speak a half dozen languages. His character as it came through on the film was very likable and sympathetic, the portrait of a man unfailingly kind to one and all of any age, whether Grock wore the clown outfit or civilian garb. But Monsieur Grock was also more than a little sad, not in the sense of the clichéd "sad" clown, but of a genuinely sad man, someone weighed down by having lived through two world wars and with everyone wondering when and where, not if, the next one would begin.

The real life events in Grock's life take place about a century after the setting for "Children of Paradise" (1945), an earlier movie featuring Jean-Louis Barrault as an artistic ancestor of Grock.


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France | West Germany

Language:

French | German

Release Date:

19 January 1950 (France) See more »

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