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The Grand Maneuver (1955)

Les grandes manoeuvres (original title)
A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Marie-Louise Rivière
... Le lieutenant Armand de la Verne
... Victor Duverger
... Le colonel
... L'ordonnance d'Armand
... Rodolphe
... Le lieutenant Félix Leroy
... Lucie
Lise Delamare ... Juliette Duverger
... Jeanne Duverger, une soeur de Victor
... Thérèse, la chanteuse (as Magali Noel)
... Gisèle Monnet (as Simone Valere)
Catherine Anouilh ... Alice, la fille du préfet
Madeleine Barbulée ... La dame au chapeau jaune
... Rose-Mousse
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A French lieutenant makes a bet that he can seduce any woman in town in the two weeks before his regiment leaves for maneuvers, but his chosen target (a Parisian divorcée) isn't like other girls he's known.

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1.37 : 1
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Italian censorship visa #20434 delivered on 22 December 1955. See more »

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Le lieutenant Armand de la Verne: Why are you all getting married? It's an epidemic!
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Referenced in Wild Innocence (2001) See more »

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Fine late film by Rene Clair
12 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'd seen only the great films from the 30's by this director, before enjoying this first color film from 1955. It is a light work with some sombre undertones from the military setting: we are after all in the summer of 1914, and the gallant young officers will soon be facing the terrors of the Great War. Clair reminds us that this world has vanished into the mists of time by the careful use of pastels--lavender, gray, pink--and by the camera receding into the distance: you hardly ever see a close up, most shots are long or medium. Leon Barsacq did a wonderful job as production designer; this is one of the best designed films I can remember seeing from this period.

Gerard Philipe is the best Armand you could wish for--he's brave and skilled as a soldier and incredibly immature as a man. The idea that you can carry on affairs with five women at a time is no more than a logistical problem for him. Michele Morgan plays her part so well; she's got to be mature and responsible (she's a divorcée, and hasn't been long in this town). Her heart is pulling her in a direction her mind doesn't want to go. Jean Desailly reminds me once again that he's one of the finest French actors: his Victor isn't a stuffy bourgeois, his heart is with Marie-Louise and he knows what a formidable opponent Armand is. Also he's got to combat the closed minds around him, notably his sisters.

Les Grandes manoevres can be compared to Rules of the Game, and if the Renoir classic is greater, it's because Renoir was dealing with more profound themes. I was engrossed in the story of this garrison town just the same.


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