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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 »

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Georges Conchon (original screenplay), Jean-Jacques Annaud (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Carmet ... Sergeant Bosselet
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Paul Rechampot
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Marinette
Jacques Spiesser Jacques Spiesser ... Hubert Fresnoy
Maurice Barrier ... Caprice
Benjamin Memel Atchory Benjamin Memel Atchory ... Assomption
Peter Berling ... Père Jean de la Croix
Marius Beugre Boignan Marius Beugre Boignan ... Barthelmy
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Jacques Rechampot
Dora Doll ... Maryvonne
Baye Macoumba Diop Baye Macoumba Diop ... Lamartine
Jacques Monnet Jacques Monnet ... Père Simon
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ... Kraft
Aboubakar Toine Aboubakar Toine ... Fidele
Marc Zuber ... Major Anglais
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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.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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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:

Niofoin, Poro, Ivory Coast

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Hubert Fresnoy: [writing a letter] To Lucien Herr, College of Advanced Education, 45 rue d'Ulm, Fifth Arrondissement, Paris, in care of Administrator Tarato. St. Pierre de Samba, French Equatorial Africa. Fort Coulais, January 6, 1915. Dear teacher, and if I may, dear friend. Here is my punishment for not excelling in nobler fields of study. I should be teaching Greek in one of those pleasant schools of which our province is so proud but instead here I am under a summer sky wandering through virgin savannahs ...
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some people probably interpreted the wrong things
18 December 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

In this biting satire on war, colonialism and racism, French troops in 1915 Gabon learn that their country has declared war on Germany. Knowing that there are German troops nearby, they decide to train the colonized Africans to fight. Only one person in the French contingent seems to have an iota of reason to his thinking.

I think that "Noirs et blancs en couleur" (called "Black and White in Color" in English) shows imperialism in its most pathetic, depraved form. Not only do the colonizers want the colonized people to fight for the empire, but there's one scene that especially emphasizes this. When some rich people go out for a picnic, they watch the fighting as though it's a spectator sport; a form of entertainment, if you will. But they get mighty shocked when they see how violent it is. Apparently, these colonialists are so completely brainwashed by their own pro-war, nationalistic propaganda, that they fail to realize how ugly war actually is, and they're in for a rude awakening when they find the truth.

Anyway, this is definitely a movie that I recommend. We could use some advice from it, what with the mess that we've made in Iraq. Certainly a good one for Jean-Jacques Annaud, and it definitely deserved Best Foreign Language Film.


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