La Vendetta (1962)

aka: The Vendetta


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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...
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Film Review

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The first of three films directed by Jean Chérasse, La Vendetta vaguely resembles 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.
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