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Happy Anniversary (1962)

Heureux anniversaire (original title)
A woman is preparing a romantic dinner for two for her and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her husband is out running a series of errands, most of his stops to pick up ... See full summary »

Directors:

Jean-Claude Carrière (as J.C. Carrière), Pierre Étaix

Writers:

Pierre Étaix, Jean-Claude Carrière (as J.C. Carrière)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Georges Loriot Georges Loriot ... (as Loriot)
Nono Zammit Nono Zammit
Lucien Frégis Lucien Frégis
Ican Paillaud Ican Paillaud
Robert Blome Robert Blome
Laurence Lignières Laurence Lignières ... La femme
Pierre Étaix ... Le mari (as Pierre Etaix)
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Storyline

A woman is preparing a romantic dinner for two for her and her husband to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Her husband is out running a series of errands, most of his stops to pick up anniversary gifts for his wife. But the anti-anniversary Gods seem to be working against him as Paris traffic and other problems at each stop seem to be holding him up from getting in and out and to home on time for dinner. Meanwhile, his wife has no idea what has happened to her husband. Will it still be a happy anniversary by the time he makes it home? Written by Huggo

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Short | Action | Comedy

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Official Sites:

Les Films d'Étaix [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Anniversary See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Production Co:

C.A.P.A.C. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was acclaimed in France, and abroad: Grand Prix du Festival Oberhausen, and Prix Simone Dubreuilh du Festival de Mannheim (1962); Oscar for Best Short Foreign Film 1963, from the Hollywood Academy, and the British Film Academy; Special Mention at the Interbational Film Week, Wien, 1963. See more »

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Fun Oscar-Winner
15 September 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Happy Anniversary (1962)

*** (out of 4)

This French film won the Best Live Action Short Oscar and it's easy to see why so many people enjoyed it as it's a throwback to the days of Buster Keaton. In the film, a wife is at home getting dinner ready so that she can celebrate her anniversary with the husband. The husband is out in town getting stuff for the anniversary but falls into one problems after another as he tries to make his way home. While I didn't love this film, there's still no question that it's extremely well-made and features a fun tone created by directors Jean-Claude Carriere and Pierre Etaix. The two men manage to make this film flow as smooth as silk and I thought it was this laid back nature that was so memorable. There are certainly some very funny moments but I think the best stuff doesn't even deal with the husband and wife. The highlight to me was the stuff dealing with the kind man who moves his car, can't find a parking spot and then spends the rest of the film getting into as much trouble as the husband. The work of Keaton was obviously an influence here as were the films of Tati.


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