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Josefa's Loot (1963)

Le magot de Josefa (original title)
Comedy of the complications caused by a young man passing cheques on the strength of his mother, a village grocer, being rich.

Director:

Claude Autant-Lara

Writers:

Catherine Claude (novel), Jean Aurenche (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Magnani ... Josefa
Bourvil ... Pierre Corneille
Pierre Brasseur ... Le maire
Henri Virlojeux Henri Virlojeux ... Charquin
Christian Marin ... Pierrot
Jean-Marie Proslier Jean-Marie Proslier ... Le démonstrateur de Floconnette
Paul Demange ... La grand-mère
Ramón Iglesias Ramón Iglesias ... Justin (as Ramon Iglesias)
Gil Vidal ... Le curé
Jocelyne Bressy Jocelyne Bressy ... Une villageoise
Marie-Claude Breton Marie-Claude Breton ... Une villageoise
Louise Chevalier Louise Chevalier ... Une villageoise
Nicole Chollet Nicole Chollet ... Une villageoise
Jenny Doria Jenny Doria ... Une villageoise
Luce Fabiole Luce Fabiole ... Une villageoise
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Comedy of the complications caused by a young man passing cheques on the strength of his mother, a village grocer, being rich.

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Country:

France | Italy | Switzerland

Language:

French

Release Date:

2 October 1963 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Josefa's Loot See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Poste Parisien)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Censorship visa (Visa de contrôle cinématographique) N°27.314. See more »

Soundtracks

C'est si bon
(uncredited)
Music by Henri Betti
Instrumental version
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La Mère Et Le Maire (the mother and the mayor)
13 March 2010 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In the sixties ,Autant-Lara's career became unfocused as ever.There were three great movies :"Tu Ne Tueras Point" (aka "the Objector")"Journal D'Une Femme En Blanc" and "Le Franciscain De Bourges ".The rest can easily be dismissed as rubbish;I know some people like "les Patates" (1969) and more power to all of them.

"Le Magot De Josepha " has three great leads ,Bourvil,Anna Magnani and Pierre Brasseur ,but except for the first one,who remains sparing of gestures and of words ,it's a waste of talent.In every scene they share,Brasseur and Magnani (helped ,so to speak, by the supporting cast ,Christian Marin and Jean-Marie Proslier)indulge in ham show .Anna Magnani is my favorite Italian actress,but it is one of her worst parts.

It's funny.In places.As the mayor does not want to provide the vicar with an harmonium ,Josefa gives him... a juke box!There is a good moment when Pierre Corneille (sic) plays his record ("Un Air De Jeunesse" Bourvil was also a singer):during these precious minutes,there is a real chemistry between Bourvil and La Magnani.But most of the scenes verge on coarse farce :the vicar taking off his cassock to dance the tango (or is it another touch of Autant-Lara's anti-clericalism present in earlier works such as "Douce" or "L'Auberge Rouge" ?),the final fire and the ridiculous ending.


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