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The Monocle (1964)

Le monocle rit jaune (original title)
A French agent goes after a gang of Asian terrorists who plan to blow up an American nuclear aircraft carrier.

Director:

Georges Lautner

Writers:

Colonel Rémy (scenario) (as Rémy), Jacques Robert (scenario) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Meurisse ... Le commandant Théobald Dromard dit'Le Monocle'
Marcel Dalio ... Elie Mayerfitsky
Olivier Despax Olivier Despax ... Frédéric
Edward Meeks Edward Meeks ... Major Sidney
Henri Nassiet Henri Nassiet ... The Colonel
Pierre Richard Pierre Richard ... Bergourian
Michel Duplaix Michel Duplaix ... The Colonel's Assistant (as Michel Dupleix)
Renée Saint-Cyr Renée Saint-Cyr ... Madame Hui
Holley Wong Holley Wong ... Inspector Hui
Cheng-Liang Kwan ... Li (as Kwan Ching Liang)
Lily Hong-Kong Lily Hong-Kong ... Cora
Robert Dalban ... Poussin
Barbara Steele ... Valérie
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Storyline

A French agent goes after a gang of Asian terrorists who plan to blow up an American nuclear aircraft carrier.

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French | Chinese | English

Release Date:

16 September 1964 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Monocle See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Barbara Steele, the number one "scream queen" of the moment, was imposed in the cast by the Italian part of the co-production. See more »

Connections

Follows The Black Monocle (1961) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Among the most eccentric spy films of the 1960's
25 November 2002 | by vjetorixSee all my reviews

The French have a way with the spy film (among other things) and this must be among the most eccentric spy films of the 1960's. Paul Meurisse plays Major Theobald Dromar a.k.a. The Monocle, a fey secret agent who wears a monocle (hence the nickname) and cultivates an array of other odd mannerisms. Dromar is exceptionally successful in his work while putting up with the vulgar heathens on both sides of the law that surround him.

This adventure of The Monocle matches the strange character of Dromar to a tee (there were two previous films, The Black Monocle and Eye of the Monocle). There is some nice high contrast black and white photography and a great cool jazz score by Michel Magne, who also scored the Fantomas films. But the highlights of the film revolve around the curiosities tossed at the viewer with nonchalance. Director Georges Lautner (The Great Spy Chase) had charge of the previous Monocle films as well so his feel for the character is well ingrained.

The plot is simple enough but it has little to do with one's enjoyment of the film, after all. Locations in Hong Kong and Macao are used to great effect. Hong Kong never looked so densely crowded nor Macao so spare and haunting. There is lots of street footage in both places, some typical, but most not so.

One of the most unusual spy film experiences, The Monocle grows on you if you give it the chance. As Dromar says at one point `the more I see of the Chinese, it's amazing how like the French they are.'


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