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Clérambard (1969)

Was it a miracle? Or was it some kind of bad joke?

Director:

Yves Robert

Writers:

Marcel Aymé (play), Jean-Loup Dabadie (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Philippe Noiret ... Le comte Hector de Clérambard
Dany Carrel ... La Langouste
Gérard Lartigau Gérard Lartigau ... Octave
Claude Piéplu ... Maître Galuchon
Roger Carel ... Le curé
Martine Sarcey Martine Sarcey ... Louise
Lise Delamare Lise Delamare ... Madame de Lere
Robert Dalban ... Gustalin
Juliette Brac Juliette Brac ... Mme. Calluchon
Lyne Chardonnet Lyne Chardonnet ... Brigitte Galuchon
Gaston Ouvrard Gaston Ouvrard ... Le mendiant
André Gille André Gille ... Le docteur Mindeure
Patrick Préjean Patrick Préjean ... Buzard
Françoise Arnaud Françoise Arnaud ... Etiennette Galuchon
Josiane Lévêque ... Evelyne Galuchon
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An aristocrat ,short of the readies ,has turned his desirable mansion into a textile workshop,where he works with his wife ,his son and his mother-in-law ;he's grumpy,stingy and unkind;in the village ,the wealthy solicitor wants his ugliest daughter to marry his half-witted young son,so she'll become a countess. But saint Francis Assisi appears and the count changes overnight;he does not want his family to kill the spiders (your sister ,the spider)and he begins to ignore the social conventions: his son will marry "La Langouste" (=the lobster) ,the local hooker who keeps a strong clientele among the billeted troops .Now,the aristocrat ,imitating our Lord's apostles ,divests himself of all possessions of the material world and intends to hit the road in a horse-drawn caravan . Written by dbdumonteil

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 October 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Adel schützt vor Torheit nicht See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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La ballade de Clérambard
Written by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Jean-Loup Dabadie
Performed by Marie Laforêt
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Your sister,the spider.
10 April 2013 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

Based on a Marcel Aymé novel,"Clerambard" is an iconoclast nay anarchist movie.Pier Paolo Pasolini's "Teorema" -released the same year- turned comedy.

An old aristocrat (colorful Philippe Noiret ) short of the readies has turned his desirable mansion into a textile workshop,where he works with his wife ,his son and his mother-in-law ;he's grumpy,stingy and unsympathetic;in the village ,the wealthy solicitor (the wonderful Claude Piéplu)wants his ugliest daughter to marry the half-witted young noble (Gérard Lartigau) so she will become a countess.

But saint Francis Assisi appears and the count changes overnight;he does not want his family to kill the spiders (your sister ,the spider)and he begins to ignore the social conventions: his son will marry "La Langouste" (=the lobster) ,the local hooker who keeps a strong clientèle among the billeted troops.Dany Carrel gives a convincing performance as the "Fille De Joie" , which shows Arletty's influence.

Was it a miracle? Or was it some kind of bad joke? Anyway ,now,the aristocrat ,imitating our Lord ,divests himself of all possessions of the material world and intends to hit the road in a horse-drawn caravan .

Luis Bunuel would have loved the picture of the vicar,left alone in front of his church,and of the soldiers, following their "guru" and claiming they have no furlough ,who are told that "God will see to it" ."Imagine no possessions,no religion,no countries and nothing to kill or die for..." ;Indeed.

You always get something from an Yves Robert movie.


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