Mr Lauriston is looking forward to a peaceful retirement when he comes
to settle in the small Corsican town of Arbella. As he arrives,
the mayor has just died and an election campaign is underway.
There are two candidates for the post, Giuseppe Corti and Captain
Bartroli, and it is the latter of these two who gains Lauriston's
support. Meanwhile, Lauriston's nephew has fallen in love with
Antonia, the daughter of a notorious bandit named Amoretti. When
he discovers this, Corti threatens Lauriston, who now finds himself in
a very difficult position...
The first of three films directed by Jean Chérasse, La Vendetta
Gilles Grangier's debut comedy Adémaï bandit d'honneur
(1943) in its Corsican setting and tale of deadly clan rivalry but
fails to match up to the entertainment value of that earlier
film. Despite the presence of two comedy icons in the cast -
Louis de Funès and Francis Blanche - La Vendetta
is one of those
stumbling, inept comedies that you instantly forget having watched
it. De Funès never fails to extort a laugh whenever he
comes into focus, but when he's off screen it's like staring into the
depths of the abyss (not an uncommon experience with Francis Blanche
comedies). The idiotic plot could have been excused if there had
been a decent smattering of gags and if Chérasse had been minded
to direct the film with some enthusiasm, but alas neither of these is
the case. This comedy misfire is probably the worst film that de
Funès ever put his name to. Next to this, even Le Gendarme et les gendarmettes
(1982) is bearable.
© James Travers
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Other recommended comedy films of the 1960s from France include the following: Robert Dhéry's Allez France!
Gérard Oury's Le Corniaud
Jean-Claude Carrière's Heureux anniversaire
Georges Lautner's Les Tontons flingueurs
Gilles Grangier's Les Vieux de la vieille