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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 ... 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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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 »

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Black and White in Color See more »

Filming Locations:

Ivory Coast See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. 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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War Comedy
21 June 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

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.

What has been pointed out about this film that may be of interest is how much more critical the film is of the French than it is of the Germans, despite the fact the Germans are portrayed as the bad guys. And, of course, by the 1970s, the French had fought the Germans twice in the last 50 or so years in some pretty massive wars, so it is interesting not to vilify them.

But what is more interesting, at least to me, is the choice to put the story in Africa. World War I is not very well known in America. We are not taught much about it. And it surprises me that battles were even fought in Africa. This should not surprise me, but it does, because I cannot recall for the life of me ever being told such a thing. And that makes me want to learn more. Not the film's intent, but a consequence just the same.


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