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.
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