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The President (1961)

Le président (original title)
At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In ... See full summary »

Director:

Henri Verneuil

Writers:

Georges Simenon (novel), Michel Audiard (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Émile Beaufort
Bernard Blier ... Philippe Chalamont
Renée Faure Renée Faure ... Mademoiselle Milleran
Henri Crémieux ... Antoine Monteil
Alfred Adam Alfred Adam ... François - le chauffeur
Louis Seigner Louis Seigner ... Lauzet-Duchet
Georges Adet Georges Adet ... Un ministre
Albert Michel Albert Michel ... Un gendarme (as Albert-Michel)
Aram Stephan Aram Stephan
Louis Arbessier Louis Arbessier ... Jussieu
Christiane Barry Christiane Barry
Charles Bouillaud Charles Bouillaud ... Un gendarme en faction
Charles Cullum Charles Cullum ... Sir Merryl
André Dalibert André Dalibert ... Un gendarme en faction
Françoise Deldick Françoise Deldick ... Huguette
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At 73, France's ex-president, Emile Beaufort, faces declining health, but he still plays a vigorous role behind the scenes as a philosopher and, potentially, as a power broker. In particular, his relationship with Philippe Chalamont comes into play: Chalamont seems in line to be the next Prime Minister, and Beaufort's history with him is long, deep, and problematic. As Beaufort dictates his memoirs, his narrative take us to occasions, 15 and 20 years before, in which Chalamont and he clashed. Chalamont is not without talent and guile: he comes directly to Beaufort to see if they can sort things out. What will Beaufort, ill health and all, do? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

1 March 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

O Presidente See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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French visa # 23596. See more »

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Political fiction
29 April 1999 | by chouanSee all my reviews

An old statesman reminisces his carrier, highlighted by a decision to devaluate the Franc, the building of Europe and a betrayal of confidence by an ambitious politician. Masterful creation by Jean Gabin with the help of an excellent dialogue by M. Audiard.


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