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Yoyo (1965)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Family | 19 February 1965 (France)
A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When ... See full summary »


Pierre Étaix


Pierre Étaix (scenario and adaptation), Jean-Claude Carrière (scenario and adaptation)
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Étaix ... Yoyo / le millionaire
Claudine Auger ... Isolina
Philippe Dionnet Philippe Dionnet ... Yoyo enfant
Luce Klein Luce Klein ... L'écuyère
Arthur Allan Arthur Allan
Amédée Amédée
Armand Andrieu Armand Andrieu
Baixas Baixas
Martine de Breteuil Martine de Breteuil ... Madame de Briac
Philippe Castelli Philippe Castelli ... Le domestique (as Castelli)
Luc Delhumeau Luc Delhumeau ... Le douanier
Gabrielle Doulcet Gabrielle Doulcet ... La dame au collier
Les Ballets de René Goliard Les Ballets de René Goliard
François Lalande François Lalande
Georges Loriot Georges Loriot ... (as Loriot)


A man has everything: dozens of servants, a palace, vast woods, gardens, a lake, mechanical toys, private entertainment troupes of musicians and dancers. He has it all - but love. When alone, he sits at a desk, sighing, and looking at a photograph of a pretty girl. One day, the circus descended onto his palace, and amidst all the fun it brought, he recognized the Amazon on the white horse - the girl in the photograph. The girl is now the mother of a small boy, Yo-Yo, whom she considers that looks like the millionaire, even under a clown's make-up. The boy will spend some time in the palace, in awe of so much riches, but he will leave (in a dream-like scene) on the tusks of the elephant. Time passes - and one day Yo-Yo will be the owner of his father's palace in decay. Starting from scratch, he will rebuilt it, and be praised as a great clown, an artist, a film-maker, a millionaire. Yet, something is amiss... Written by Artemis-9

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Did You Know?


In an introduction to Yoyo, Pierre Etaix acknowledged his debt to Federico Fellini. He pays tribute to him at 39:20, when Etaix's small circus arrives in the Alsace village of Barr. Etaix's character sets up a sandwich board to advertise a performance, but is dismayed to see that another one is in town, featuring Zampano, Anthony Quinn's character in La Strada (1954), and his signboard features images of Quinn and co-star Giulietta Masina. The performance is scheduled, European-style, to take place at (1963). See more »


Le Millionaire, Yoyo's father: Where is she now?
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27 October 2019 | by FiahmSee all my reviews

A strange little movie, of very few words, by Pierre Étaix. Ostensibly the story of a billionaire playboy discovering he has sired a son with a circus performer, it can be seen mostly as a kind of 1960s tribute to the silent age: packed to the brim with sight gags, it is seldom laugh-out-loud funny, but continually inventive, charming and gorgeous to look at.

If you are a fan of either the films of Jacques Tati or 'The Artist' (2011), with perhaps a touch of Wes Anderson, this feels cut from a similar cloth and may well appeal.

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Release Date:

19 February 1965 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Yo Yo See more »

Filming Locations:

Auray, Morbihan, France See more »

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C.A.P.A.C. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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