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Fernand clochard (1957)



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Credited cast:
Fernand Raynaud ... Fernand
Renée Devillers Renée Devillers ... Mme. Laffont-Dubreuilh
Magali Vendeuil Magali Vendeuil ... Ghislaine Laffont-Dubreuilh (as Magali de Vendeuil)
Jean-Marc Tennberg Jean-Marc Tennberg ... Jacques
Colette Castel ... Louison
Paul-Emile Deiber Paul-Emile Deiber ... Le maître d'hôtel
René Berthier René Berthier
Jacqueline Doyen Jacqueline Doyen
Germaine Delbat Germaine Delbat
Paul Mercey Paul Mercey
Pierre Leproux Pierre Leproux
Christiane Delyne
Simone Duhart Simone Duhart
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean-Pierre Marielle


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Tramp on the street
22 December 2018 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Fernand Reynaud was a famous stand-up comic whose best sketches ("Le 22 A Anières"..) have remained memorable .

Pierre Chevalier was his regular director and with "Fernand Vagabond" ,began a long series of movies with Reynaud ("Le Sicilien" "LA Marraine De Charley") ;by keeping the actor's first name,both men were trying to create a character (like Chaplin,or in France ,Leonce Perret)as they used to do in a silent era.He would keep "Fernand " for a handful of movies later on.

The beginning of the movie is pleasant : the tramp on the road,with his faithful dog "Brigadier " who helps him wash his dirty linen -the washerwomen ,at the river,is a delightful thing of the past-, then the jewels ("it's fake " says the cop).

Afterwards,things go downhill ;the screenplay is devoid of interest ,and why didn't they ask their actor to write his own lines? That would have meant a better movie.

The subject is hackneyed : "a tramp is not meant to live in an hypocrit society " and he'd better hit the road again" had been treated before and Chevalier's flick does not renew it.The approach is too gentle here anyway ,one is far from Renoir's "Boudu" .

Besides the "happy-go-lucky " Clochard (tramp) is a cliché ;nowadays ,the word tends to become obsolete and is replaced by Sans Abri "homeless" ,who are not exactly rolling in happiness .

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