Arsène Lupin, the multifaceted gentleman thief, steals two masterpieces from the President of the Council. Some time later, posing as Monsieur Gilles, a winegrower who is marrying his only ... See full summary »
Three little criminals get a tip for a great coup with lots of money in it. Unfortunately they lack the starting funds to buy the required welding torch. So they persuade their successful ... See full summary »
Hector Loursat, attorney at law, lives with his daughter Nicole in a vast and shabby mansion in this provincial town. They dont talk to each other much, somehow holding the other one ... See full synopsis »
In 1900, Miquette, the pretty daughter of the widow Grandier, decides to become an actress after seeing a play performed by the Monchablon theatre company. Unfortunately, Madame Grandier ... See full summary »
Marcel works as assistant to a jeweller whose bossy daughter Renée keeps hitting on him. When he meets lovely Loulou and her lazy friend Jo, he is fascinated by the girl and somehow ... See full summary »
One early morning deputy Philippe Dubaye wakes up his old friend Xavier Maréchal with disturbing news: he has just killed Serrano, a racketeer with extant political connections. Serrano ... See full summary »
Businessman Victor Hardy (Noiret) wants to buy the entire area around the small village of Cabosse. He claims that he wants to return to nature, but he also intends to profit by selling the... See full summary »
.....Marcel Pagnol wrote the dialog and provided the movie with his own wife Jacqueline.Both him and Jean Boyer wanted Bourvil to play the lead.But the actor was reluctant,knowing Fernandel had created the role in the thirties."But said Pagnol,you will be a better Normand than him cause you are Normand and your colleague was Provençal!" The first scene is enough to convince you the part was tailor-made for Bourvil: the village idiot,leaping about in the meadows where the cows browses on peacefully,picking flowers ...but when a woman comes near,he's so afraid he runs away....
Madame Husson and her circle of holier-than-thou ladies -including an old maid Madame Cadenas (=Mrs Padlock (sic))-are looking for a chaste and pure girl who will win a hefty sum!There's just one problem:the virgin girls are so rare that they are forced to elect a man: the village idiot! Maupassant's story is faithfully transferred to the screen in the two first thirds of the movie .Pagnol's dialog scores high and the movie is much fun to watch.But the last third drastically wanders from the writer's work.When Bourvil leaves the fête and goes to the pond,and realizes how miserable he is,one thinks for a while that the thespian will turn the comedy into a drama -he is as skillful an actor to do this-.But the ending is finally disappointing,some days in Paris are not enough to transform a sexually repressed man such as him!
N.B: In Maupassant's short story,Isidore,the goofy peasant, goes to Paris too,but he begins to drink hard and becomes a wreck.His mother turns his prodigal son out,and he becomes a carter,with no love of his own,of course.Maupassant was not as optimistic as Pagnol.
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