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Le naïf aux 40 enfants (1957)

Jean-François Robignac is a young lit teacher,newly graduated from university .His new teaching methods provoke an angry response from the PTA.

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Philippe Agostini

Writers:

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
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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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 December 1957 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

De verliefde professor See more »

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Regina Films See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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1 June 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Philippe Agostini was first a cameraman ,married to actress Odette Joyeux who has a cameo at the end of the movie ;his career as a director was pretty mediocre .

This "innocent with 40 children " is his first effort ;based on a (more or less) autobiographical novel by Paul Guth.

Jean-François Robignac is a young lit teacher,newly graduated from university .Enthusiastically ,he starts in his job .Today ,no teacher, newly graduated from university ,stands a single chance to be ,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.

Actually nothing revolutionary ,the modernism of the methods is insignificant ,and one can wonder why Racine's "Phedre " should be studied at such an early age in junior high school;later ,Paul Guth was to be actually looked upon as a rather reactionary if scholar personality :his "Letters to your son who is sick and tired " essay is as stodgy as the final speech the teacher delivers on prize giving day in Agostini's film

Michel Serrault (cast as the teacher) and Jean Poiret (the PTA president) were then a comic team ;here the story is so predictable that their talent is ineffective : the year before, they were wonderful in Guitry's "Assassins Et Voleurs"; here lines by Guth are not really funny and you can see what the characters (the jealous PTA president,the nasty concierge who was in WW1,the principal ,the inspector)are up to from a mile off .Darry Cowl,who sells ladders ,has a very small part.Statuesque Sylva Koscina provides love interest.


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