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Don't Touch the White Woman! (1974)

Touche pas à la femme blanche (original title)
A highly stylized surreal farce about the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand anachronistically reenacted in an urban renewal area in modern Paris.

Director:

Marco Ferreri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais
Marcello Mastroianni ... George A. Custer
Michel Piccoli ... Buffalo Bill
Philippe Noiret ... Gen. Terry
Ugo Tognazzi ... Mitch
Alain Cuny ... Sitting Bull
Serge Reggiani ... The Mad Indian
Darry Cowl ... Major Archibald
Monique Chaumette ... Sister Lucie
Daniele Dublino ... Government Official
Henri Piccoli Henri Piccoli ... Sitting Bull's Father
Franca Bettoia ... Rayon de Lune (as Franca Bettoja)
Paolo Villaggio ... The CIA agent
Franco Fabrizi ... Tom (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Laurente Vedres Laurente Vedres ... (as Vedres et Boutang)
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Director Mario Fererri reenacts the events leading up to the Battle of the Little Big Horn in this wild, highly stylized surreal farce set in and around a gaping excavation for a huge urban renewal project in 1974 Paris. The anachronistic backdrop highlights the incongruity of the broad comic characterizations of real life figures George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, and Buffalo Bill. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Western

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 January 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Touch the White Woman! See more »

Filming Locations:

Les Halles, Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

George A. Custer: Why did you abandon your houses?
Sitting Bull: Because you destroyed them. Sometimes there were still people inside them.
George A. Custer: You were ordered to go to the reservation.
Sitting Bull: My people are dying of hunger in the reservations.
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Connections

Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Love Georgeann
Music by Philippe Sarde
Lyrics by Anne Lonnberg
Performed by Bob Martin
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American history, French-style
27 October 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Marco Ferreri's "Touche pas a la femme blanche" - "Don't Touch the White Woman" in English - could easily be an extension of "Little Big Man" or a movie version of "A People's History of the United States", although it came out a few years before Howard Zinn published his famous book. It portrays the US government's crusade to exterminate the Indians, reenacted in 1970s Paris (complete with references to Pres. Nixon, and even Watergate). Marcello Mastroianni makes a chilling Gen. Custer, but Michel Piccoli is quite funny as Buffalo Bill: he sounded as though he was trying to put on an American accent while speaking French!

I read about how Marco Ferreri played a major role in the changing Italian cinema of the '60s and '70s. Certainly this film shows that. Specifically, as the United States had been taking a different look at its own history - our own glasnost and perestroika, you might say - Europe was also challenging the American cultural myth (no surprise there). I definitely recommend the movie. Also starring Catherine Deneuve and Ugo Tognazzi.


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