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The Departure (1967)

Le départ (original title)
A fast-paced comedy about a young Belgian car nut and hairdresser's apprentice, his girlfriend, and their legal and illegal attempts to get a Porsche under him for his nearing debut race.

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Jerzy Skolimowski
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jean-Pierre Léaud ... Marc
Catherine-Isabelle Duport ... Michèle (as Catherine Duport)
Jacqueline Bir Jacqueline Bir ... La cliente du salon de coiffure
Paul Roland Paul Roland ... Le patron
Leon Dony Leon Dony ... Le vendeur de voitures (as Léon Dony)
Lucien Charbonnier Lucien Charbonnier ... Le vendeur de saucisses
Georges Aubrey Georges Aubrey
John Dobrynine John Dobrynine ... L'ami de Marc déguisé en maharadjah
Bernard Graczyk Bernard Graczyk ... Le collègue du salon de coiffure
Marthe Dugard Marthe Dugard
Maxane Maxane
Jacques Courtois Jacques Courtois
Paul Frère Paul Frère ... Paul Frère
Paul Delrivière Paul Delrivière
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A fast-paced comedy about a young Belgian car nut and hairdresser's apprentice, his girlfriend, and their legal and illegal attempts to get a Porsche under him for his nearing debut race. Written by T P Uschanov <tuschano@cc.helsinki.fi>

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Drama | Romance | Comedy

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Country:

Belgium

Language:

French

Release Date:

13 October 1967 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Start See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Budget:

BEF4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Director Jerzy Skolimowski did not speak French, so his music composer Krzysztof Komeda served as interpreter on set. See more »

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See It If You Get the Chance
25 November 2000 | by disorder00See all my reviews

If you're in the States, it seems there's a 99% chance you won't get a chance to see this consistently entertaining film, save for the outside possibility it's shown in a big-city arthouse theater. As you might've read from the description above, it concerns Marc (a typically charming, uncharacteristically manic Jean-Pierre Leaud), an automobile-obsessed young hairdresser in Brussels struggling to obtain money needed to finance the car he needs for an upcoming race. With no assistance from his coworkers, Marc enlists the help of Michele, the loyal girlfriend he keeps at arm's length (the likeable Catherine Duport) not only because of his immaturity, but his single-minded focus on car racing. As the earlier commentator said, a main reason for seeing this film is the charismatic presence of Leaud (it seems a tailor-made film for him), but another draw is the quiet intelligence Duport exudes, and the film's markedly mid-60's style. Krzysztof Komeda's energetic, jazz-tinged score is conspicuous yet completely relevant. Jerzy Skolimowski managed to craft a funny, modish, and assured film in a language that he apparently didn't even speak! Certainly worth a viewing, if you get the chance.


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