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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

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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The original title 'La Victoire en chantant' is also the first line of the famous French revolution song "Le chant du Départ" written by Méhul and Chénier and sung by Georges Thil in the opening credits over photographs taken during WWI. 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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Featured in The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) See more »

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Funny, subversive, political.
8 January 2011 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

Somewhat familiar, but often very funny anti-war, anti-imperialist satire/farce.

A motley bunch of French, holding down a colonial fort in Africa, discover that WWI has been declared, so go and attack their German neighbors, using their native semi-servants as soldiers, with disastrous results.

Few films manage to wrestle so well, with so many issues – racism, nationalism, religious hypocrisy, etc.

If it kept to it's most original moments, and didn't fall over the edge occasionally into the silly or obviously preachy at times it would be a great film. As is, I might well re-visit. Some professional critics rave, some hate it.


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