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 ...
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A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her 'Witch' but Bila himself calls her 'Yaaba' (grandmother). When ... See full summary »
In an early 19th century African village, Wend Kuuni - a young man, lives with his adopted family after his mother was killed as a witch. When Pughneere - his adopted sister - becomes ill, ... See full summary »
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
This film was released in 1965 and was Pierre Etaix's second feature film after The Suitor (1963). It was co-written by Jean-Claude Carriere and was restored in 2007 but was temporarily blocked from viewing for legal reasons until 2010. See more »
The whole world - The whole world, with its dramas, its problems, but also its joys - yes, the whole world comes to your home. You no longer need to go out to a show. The show now comes to you.
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Growing up in France, I always heard of Jacques Tati and Pierre Etaix in the same breath: critical successes, commercial failures. This is the first time I am actually seeing an Etaix movie (via the Criterion's DVD). and I see the charm, but I also see the limitations of Etaix's art, unfortunately. While Jacques Tati's "Playtime" is a timeless masterpiece ( I have seen Playtime 3 or 4 times now, big screen or small screen, and I never get tired of it) Pierre Etaix' s "Yoyo" has its charming moments and delightful camera angles, but in the end, it comes out as a collection of gags (some enchanting, some dated) with no coherence behind them. No developed storyline. "Yoyo" starts in a virtuoso way (fabulous fake silent movie!), but peters out quickly script wise, and by the end, elicits only a "meh?". I stopped watching the second movie ("As long as you got your health") after 2 "sketches": no plot, bad timing, irritating musical choices. I am so very sorry, Mr Etaix.
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