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Three Seats for the 26th (1988)

Trois places pour le 26 (original title)
A pseudo-documentary on the life of Yves Montand, who plays himself, in this tribute to his long career. During a musical tour, Montand returns to Marseille and revisits the many highlights... See full summary »


Jacques Demy


Jacques Demy
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Credited cast:
Yves Montand ... Yves Montand
Mathilda May ... Marion
Patrick Fierry Patrick Fierry ... Toni Fontaine
Françoise Fabian ... Mylene de Lambert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Morad Anekkar Morad Anekkar ... Un danseur
Jean-Claude Bouillaud Jean-Claude Bouillaud ... Le Capitaine
Antoine Bourseiller Antoine Bourseiller ... Fonteneau
Christophe Bourseiller ... Serge
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Michael
Sophie Castel Sophie Castel ... La Réceptionniste
Raoul Curet Raoul Curet ... Directeur de l'hôtel
Mathieu Demy ... Derderian
Danielle Durou Danielle Durou ... Mlle Destain
Marie Dô Marie Dô ... Nicole (as Marie-Dominique Chayze)
Bruno Glasberg Bruno Glasberg ... Barman


A pseudo-documentary on the life of Yves Montand, who plays himself, in this tribute to his long career. During a musical tour, Montand returns to Marseille and revisits the many highlights of his life, meeting figures from his past and remembering the old days. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

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For Jacques Demy the film was quite a family affair. Costumes were by his adopted daughter Rosalie Varda, child of his wife Agnès Varda and her former lover Antoine Bourseiller, who himself plays a part. Also in the cast were the child of Agnès and Jacques, Mathieu Demy, and a stepson of Antoine's called Christophe Bourseiller, together with Katy Varda. the niece of Agnès. See more »


Boom mic visible in the mirror behind the hotel front desk, in the early scene where Betty is complaining about having a headache. See more »


Referenced in La demi-saison (2014) See more »


Cheek To Cheek
Music by Irving Berlin
Lyrics by Irving Berlin
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Is it worth a seat?
9 May 2008 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The eighties were a very hard time for Jacques Demy;the New Wave boom long over,his movies of that time seemed to indicate that he was a spent force.

Is "Trois Places Pour le 26" a worthwhile film?If you are a Montand fan,like my good friend Writer's Reign who wrote the first review ,then this movie was made for you.If you aren't ,or if sometimes he gets on your nerves ,then you'd better move on.

This film,although it's a far cry from Demy's great works, shows the director's touch.A permanent feature of his work is the girl with a mother left alone: this kind of character is present in "Lola" ("if you knew about geography ,you'd know that in Chicago there are no sailors but gangsters") "les Parapluies de Cherbourg" or "les Demoiselles de Rochefort" .Most of the time ,the daughter is illegitimate.Like "lola" and "Les Demoiselles ","trois places " has several subplots ,but it's less complicated.The way the two main stories hang together is not very new,but effective.

Montand gets the lion's share :his life becomes a musical.It's pleasant to hear Piaf's "La Vie En Rose" or Monroe's "my heart belongs to daddy" ,but Michel Legrand's score is not particularly memorable,no tune really stands out and his best song by far in "trois places" is his old "Air des Adieux " from "Les parapluies de Cherbourg" .

Demy's career was erratic;his best works ("Lola" "Les Parapluies" "les Demoiselles " "Peau D'Ane" and his unfairly overlooked "pied piper") hold up very well today.But he also made poor movies ("l"Evenement le Plus Important ...." " Lady Oscar" "Model shop" ) ."Trois Places pour le 26" ,his last effort ,while it cannot be compared with the former works,is superior to the latter ones though.

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Release Date:

23 November 1988 (France) See more »

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Renn Productions See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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