was one of just
three films directed by Pierre Blondy, the others being a feature, Fils de France
(1946), and another
short, Un duel à mort
Blondy started his career as an actor, appearing in an
uncredited role in Jean Renoir's La Grande illusion
before becoming an assistant director for such distinguished filmmakers
as Marcel Carné (Les Enfants du paradis
René Clair (Le Silence est d'or
scripted the film with Marcel Camus, who would later make his mark as a
director with his first films, Mort
(1956) and Orfeu Negro
indefinable oddity that looks like a cross-between Truffaut's Les 400 coups
and a promotional
film for Renault, at one of whose factories most of the film was
shot. Through the eyes of a little boy rebelling against his
authoritarian father - Louis de Funès many years before he
became a comic icon - we see factory workers toiling contentedly in a
modern factory. The most impressive part is an expressionistic
dream sequence which might well have been filmed by Fritz Lang.
It's hard to know who the film was aimed at, or even what its purpose
was. It's a cutely weird film that would long have passed into
obscurity were it not for de Funès's mischievous presence
at the top and tail of the film.
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