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Black and White in Color (1976)

La victoire en chantant (original title)
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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

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.

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:

Niofoin, Poro, Ivory Coast

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first winner of the Oscar for best foreign language film after the rules for the category were changed requiring all Academy members who wished to vote having to prove they had attended screenings of all five nominees. See more »

Quotes

Hubert Fresnoy: We shouldn't expect miracles, and that's not what I expect of you.
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Connections

Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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cute little farce
23 January 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I would be the first to admit that this slight little film will probably not change your life, it is very clever and well worth watching. It is the story of an inept little French village in West Africa that discovers that World War I has been raging for 6 months. So, as patriotic Frenchmen, they decide to launch a completely inept invasion of a nearby German village--even though they had been on excellent terms for some time. The silly slogans and patriotism as well as the ensuing stupidity of their assault is a great mini-version of the real war back in Europe. The parallel is actually quite smart as is the acting and direction.

A slight movie, yes, but it will give you a little chuckle and it's all harmless fun.


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