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The Band (1970)

L'homme orchestre (original title)
Manager of female dance group and his cousin leads the group on a tour in the Rome and prohibit them to socialize with men. Problems occur when we see that one of the girls has a baby in Rome.


Serge Korber


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Louis de Funès ... Monsieur Édouard - dit Evan Evans (as Louis de Funes)
Noëlle Adam ... Françoise
Olivier De Funès ... Philippe Evans (as Olivier de Funes)
Daniel Bellus Daniel Bellus ... Le jeune automobiliste au feu rouge
Max Desrau Max Desrau ... Un automobiliste au feu rouge
Tiberio Murgia Tiberio Murgia ... Le père sicilien
Vittoria Di Silverio Vittoria Di Silverio
Martine Kelly Martine Kelly ... La danseuse qui se marie / Rejected dancer
Paola Tedesco ... La fille sicilienne
Franco Volpi Franco Volpi ... Le marquis
Michèle Alba Michèle Alba ... Une danseuse
Lydie Callier Lydie Callier ... Une danseuse
Géraldine Lynton Géraldine Lynton ... Une danseuse
Francoise Occipinti Francoise Occipinti ... Une danseuse (as Françoise Occhipinti)
Christine Reynolds Christine Reynolds ... Une danseuse


Manager of female dance group and his cousin leads the group on a tour in the Rome and prohibit them to socialize with men. Problems occur when we see that one of the girls has a baby in Rome.

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Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

18 September 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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One of Louis de Funès' best...
29 August 2017 | by ElMaruecan82See all my reviews

There's not much of a plot in Serge Korber "L'Homme Orchestre" (or translated literally "The Orchestra Man") but that takes nothing away from the emotional sweep it provides from one scene to another. Yes, the film is all 70's kitsch but it is oh so full of such jovial and retro-psychedelic exuberance that you just want to embrace its silliness and share a few steps with the dancers. The whole films is like a fantasy but a fantasy that takes one element seriously: music, and music is conducted by a real man-orchestra, a complete artist named Louis De Funès.

The comical legend was born in a Spanish family and was a jazz pianist during the war, spending days and nights playing in bars and cabarets before getting his first break in show business and becoming an entertainer. So musical rhythm have been running in his blood for the most part of his life, in fact, one of his earliest successes was the musical-hall themed movie, "Ah les belles bacchantes". Sixteen years later, in 1970, a role like Evan Evans, manager of a dancing company in the South of France might have sounded like a departure from his usual portrayals of bourgeois prominent figures or policemen, but it's in fact a real come-back to his roots that 'Fufu' accomplishes here: stage, music and all.

And Funes' experience, more than his comical talent (which is saying a lot) is perhaps the best blessing the film could ever have because his performance is believable, there's a way he uses his body language to match a musical tempo, sometimes he literally grabs the notes with his hand and seem to drive the dancers and musicians to his 'vision', even the way he uses sort of telepathy is the kind of mental gimmick you'd believe a man passionate about his job would use. Much more once the 56-year old man sets his foot on the stage, you don't believe he hasn't been a dancer, De Funès has the moves and it shows in the film. I couldn't think of another actor who could have pulled it better, perhaps Yves Montand, but imagine him directing a group of young women, his charm would operate as smoothly as surely as it would destroy the film's premise.

Because De Funès is still De Funès after all, a protective fatherly figure, a man who means business and insists that his company is more disciplined than a convent. His relationship with the girls sets him up as a man of impeccable morality, and that's what backfires at him when a the silly plot about the babies starts. But what I love in his Evan Evans is that he doesn't play his usual self-centered side, except for business reasons, his dedication to his art and to the girls establishes one of his most lovable figure, and even allows his usual shtick to look fresh and original because this time he doesn't preach the same choir.

You see him teaching them self-defense, serving dinner but not after checking their weight, and in one of the film's most memorable scene telling them the story about the wolf and the lamb, and that scene alone is a showcase of his comedic gifts. These moments are full of irresistible tenderness and even the girls are believable in that role, because they don't act as if they were with Evans but with De Funès, so even with so many small roles, there's never a performance that doesn't ring true. They even manage to outsmart him a few times. And you can tell he knows his girls, their habits, their manners, their languages etc. Not to mention that the film captures a sort of lost coquettish innocence exulting from these little dances, one I'd take over all the bare-ass humping we handle today.

De Funès' movies have always been divided in two, those that aged well, those that didn't and in the late 60's many movies seemed to simply exploit his popularity and give him rather meager scripts where you could throw a few tantrums and mimics and attract one million or two; De Funès wasn't fooled by that and admitted he did a few stinkers, and it's easy to spot them, there's a reliable test to determine if it's a good or bad De Funès, when he relies too much on crazy mimics and grimaces, it means that the film is desperately begging you to laugh, when the film is good enough, De Funès doesn't overplay it.

Another reason the film works is that it cleverly exploits the presence of his son Olivier and doesn't just play him as an obedient and handsome sidekick or foil to his father (uncle in the film). Philippe starts as a naive young man and a pawn of one of his uncle's most cunning scheme (you'd see how far he'd get to keep one of his girls) but there's an evolution all through the film, and his good looks and moderate singing talent contributes to very memorable musical moments, the most defining being the little duet with De Funès while they're pampering two babies. The little tone of this sequence, the intimacy between the two men, redeem all the contrivances of the plot, you know this is a film that trusts its material enough it knows it can get away with a little silliness.

The music is catchy and memorable, the outdoors shot in Italy gives it's a nice international flavor and I wonder if some montage sequences weren't ahead of its time, but the bottom-line is that it is one of my favorite De Funès' movie and it's not just nostalgia, many movies I enjoyed as a kid didn't improve that well over the course of the year.

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