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The Fiancés of the Bridge Mac Donald (1961)

Les fiancés du pont Mac Donald ou (Méfiez-vous des lunettes noires) (original title)
A subtitle warns, "Beware of dark sunglasses." Anna and her lover, whose looks in bowler and bow tie are reminiscent of a young Buster Keaton, kiss chastely on a bridge overlooking the ... See full summary »


Agnès Varda


Agnès Varda




Cast overview:
Anna Karina ... Anna, la jeune fille blonde
Jean-Luc Godard ... L'homme aux lunettes noires
Emilienne Caille Emilienne Caille ... La fiancée noire
Eddie Constantine ... L'arroseur
Sami Frey ... Le croque-mort (as Sammy Frey)
Georges de Beauregard Georges de Beauregard ... Le conducteur du corbillard et de l'ambulance
Danièle Delorme Danièle Delorme ... La vendeuse de fleurs
Yves Robert ... Le vendeur de mouchoirs
Alan Scott ... Le marin
Jean-Claude Brialy ... L'infirmier


A subtitle warns, "Beware of dark sunglasses." Anna and her lover, whose looks in bowler and bow tie are reminiscent of a young Buster Keaton, kiss chastely on a bridge overlooking the Seine. He dons sunglasses and waves as she runs down a stairway to the river's edge, then watches in horror as she's knocked flat and loaded into the back of a hearse. In vain, he gives chase. Disconsolate, he buys a large funeral wreath and a handkerchief from sympathetic vendors. He removes the glasses to wipe his eyes and realizes they are the cause of all his woe. He replays the farewell without the glasses. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Short | Comedy | Romance

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This silent burlesque short was incorporated into Varda's full-length "Cleo de 5 a 7", although in a slightly different version. See more »


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That's Not A Bowler
8 April 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

A young couple kiss on a bridge, and she leaves.... only to be struck down by a man with a hose.

It would be possible, I suppose, to read some great affirmation of Nouvelle Vague principles into this five-minute short subject directed by Agnes Varda, with other members of the French New Wave. However, analysis must begin with recognition of what the evidence is, and the image that the young man affects is not that of Buster Keaton -- he wore a porkpie hat in any case. No, glasses, straw boater (which is what the young man wears) and business suit and tie is the image of Harold Lloyd. Chaplin wore a bowler. So did Laurel & Hardy.

So, is this Varda and her New Wave friends (including Anna Karina and Michel Legrand) contemptuously mocking the old-fashioned film-making that they thought blight French movie-making, by reaching dimly back to the Lumieres' L'AROSEUR AROSE, without bothering to get their references correct? Because they're not worth getting straight? Or just some friends who love movies and movie-making making a movie.

I'm on the side of the latter interpretation.

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1961 (France) See more »

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