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Candide (1960)

Candide ou l'optimisme au XXe siècle (original title)
Based on the classic novel "Candide" by Voltaire, but set in the World War II era. In this story, Candide, a young Westphalian born in the castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh, is driven out of ... See full summary »

Director:

Norbert Carbonnaux

Writers:

Norbert Carbonnaux (adaptation), Albert Simonin (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Candide
Pierre Brasseur ... Pangloss
Daliah Lavi ... Cunégonde (as Dahlia Lavi)
Michel Simon ... Colonel Nanar, du cadre de réserve
Jean Richard ... Le trafiquant du marché noir / Black Marketeer
Louis de Funès ... Le gestapiste / Gestapo man
Jean Poiret ... Le premier policier / Policeman
Michel Serrault ... Le second policier / Policeman
Darío Moreno ... Un dictateur sud américain / South American Dictator
Luis Mariano ... Un dictateur sud américain / South American Dictator
Jean Tissier ... Le docteur Jacques
Nadia Gray ... La dame de compagnie / Dame
Albert Simonin Albert Simonin ... Le major Simpson / Major Simpson
Robert Manuel Robert Manuel ... Tous les officiers allemands / German Officer
Jean Constantin Jean Constantin ... Fourak
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Based on the classic novel "Candide" by Voltaire, but set in the World War II era. In this story, Candide, a young Westphalian born in the castle of Thunder-ten-tronckh, is driven out of the castle, and joins his tutor Pangloss and his girlfriend Cunegonde to find another world with no Bulgars, Avars, or Jews. Written by Ricky Khoury

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

16 December 1960 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Candide See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds
4 November 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The script writers have transposed the action of Voltaire's famous novel into the twentieth century,essentially the forties and the fifties.By doing so ,they did not make it realistic for all that: Carbonneaux's movie remain a fable faithful to the writer's spirit.Do not look for historical accuracy here: it's a mad story where the writers found good equivalents of the horrors depicted by Voltaire (particularly the horror of war).It does not always works ,but when it works,the lines are really funny and Jean-Pierre Cassel is ideally cast as Candide who ,in the worst situations, always shares the philosophy of his master Pangloss "everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds" ,perfect paraphrase of "it's an ill wind that blows nobody any good" or "every cloud has a silver lining".

The cast is a who's who of the French cinema: Michel Simon is a military man ,who rejoices every time a new war breaks out;Daliah Lavi,who already played opposite Cassel in Gance's "Cyrano et d'Artagnan" is Mademoiselle Cunégonde,Candide's only love ,who is raped after the massacre of her parents and later ends up a harem in Morocco; Also featured are Pierre Brasseur,Michel Serrault -then teaming up with Jean Poiret-,Nadia Gray,Louis de Funès (you read well) as a man of the gestapo,Jacqueline Maillan ,Jean Richard and more...

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