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The Innocent with Forty Children (1957)

Le naïf aux 40 enfants (original title)
Jean-François Robignac is a young lit teacher,newly graduated from university .His new teaching methods provoke an angry response from the PTA.


Philippe Agostini


Philippe Agostini, Paul Guth (novel) | 4 more credits »


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Credited cast:
Michel Serrault ... Jean-François Robignac
Jean Poiret ... Maître Bardine
Pierre-Jean Vaillard Pierre-Jean Vaillard ... L'inspecteur d'académie
Sylva Koscina ... Gina Lantois
Darry Cowl ... Le marchand d'échelles
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Albe Marie Albe ... Mme Bardine
Ozanne Boudet Ozanne Boudet ... Léonie
Maurice Brutus Maurice Brutus ... M. Loipelle
Yvonne Clairy Yvonne Clairy ... Générale Marlotte
Henri Crémieux ... Professeur Larmet
Jack Derlys Jack Derlys ... Dr. Tracot
Clément Duhour ... M. Lantois
Antonin Fabre Antonin Fabre ... Le proviseur
Jenny Hélia Jenny Hélia ... Mme tracot
Dominique Jourdan Dominique Jourdan ... Mme Rimières


Jean-François Robignac is a young lit teacher,newly graduated from university .Enthusiastically ,he starts in his job in a small town,Arles ,in the sweet south of France .He uses new teaching methods for French , introducing life (and slang) in his class.But the PTA president does not agree and he tells hims so.Pretty soon, he urges the other parents to get rid of this intruder who ,besides,is in love with a gorgeous student's married mother. Written by dbdumonteil

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20 December 1957 (France) See more »

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De verliefde professor See more »

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Regina Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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good old school
4 November 2018 | by happytrigger-64-390517See all my reviews

The great cinematographer Philippe Agostini directed this tender comedy about a special teacher of french played by Michel Serrault who tries his best to learn french in a passionate manner to his pupils. And it works, he even falls in love with a pupil's mother, so the reality joins literature. I won't compare this movie to any other french movie because it sure isn't masterpiece, but Agostini's direction is surely intelligent if you remember his cinematography in masterpieces like "Pattes Blanches" or "Du Rififi Chez Les Hommes".

But I compare this movie to today's school, where there is no surveillance and children are so violent influenced by silly video games and using iphones for learning agressive actions. All these kids today cannot read one book, french school today is completely poor, and when I see this movie, I just say we have lost so many values (respect, culture, ...).

Don't miss Darry Cowl as a seller like he did in "A Pied, En Cheval, En Voiture").

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