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Black and White in Color (1976)

La victoire en chantant (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama, War | 8 May 1977 (USA)
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they ... See full summary »

Writers:

Georges Conchon (original screenplay), Jean-Jacques Annaud (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Carmet ... Le sergent Bosselet
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Paul Rechampot
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Marinette
Jacques Spiesser ... Hubert Fresnoy
Maurice Barrier ... Caprice
Benjamin Memel Atchory Benjamin Memel Atchory ... Assomption
Peter Berling ... Le père Jean de la Croix
Marius Beugre Boignan Marius Beugre Boignan ... Barthelémy
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Jacques Rechampot
Dora Doll ... Maryvonne
Baye Macoumba Diop Baye Macoumba Diop ... Lamartine
Jacques Monnet Jacques Monnet ... Le père Simon
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ... Kraft
Aboubakar Toine Aboubakar Toine ... Fidele
Marc Zuber ... Le major anglais
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Storyline

French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make "proper" soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the "war" after several bungles on the part of the others. Written by Carl Seiler <lcs9549@tamsun.tamu.edu>

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The picture that marches to a different drummer.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black and White in Color See more »

Filming Locations:

Ivory Coast See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jean-Jacques Annaud, in an interview included as an extra in the DVD, explains how he got the idea a few years before. He was working in Cameroun as part of his French national service. He read in an history of the country about the battle of Mora in the northern part of the country and from there grew the story that became the film. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Fresnoy: We shouldn't expect miracles, and that's not what I expect of you.
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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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Very telling picture of war...
9 January 2002 | by jonnyc4uSee all my reviews

At the time I'm writing this we are at war in the USA. I would hope that anyone worn down by the reality of these times would see this picture. What a testament to the insanity.

My favorite part in this movie is when the natives are traveling and singing as they carry the lazy priests along their journey. The translations of the lyrics are hilarious, considering the pompous priests have no idea what they are singing and think its rather quaint.

A 10 and a 0 poke.*

*see my other reviews for poke definition


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