Le Petit baigneur (1968)
aka: The Little Bather
A film directed by Robert Dhéry

Genre: Comedy

Film Review

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By the mid to late 1960s, Louis de Funès had well and truly established as France's top comic film actor. Le Petit baigneur is a relative minor entry in his filmography but it continued a remarkable series of box office successes which began with Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez and a groovy Fantômas re-make.

Le Petit baigneur was directed by Robert Dhéry, who collaborated with De Funès on a number of other films. He is perhaps best known as the director of the popular comedy troupe, Les Branquignols, who leapt to fame in the late 1940s. Dhéry (who also stars in the film as the red-headed inventor Castagnier) was a fan of the comedy classics of the silent era (notably those featuring the comic genius Buster Keaton), and Le Petit baigneur can be regarded as a shameless homage to such films.

With a virtually non-existent plot and characters that appear to have been wrenched from the pages of a comic book, Le Petit baigneur's charm lies entirely in its relentless series of visual jokes - some of which are hilariously funny. De Funès is very nearly at his best, his style of comedy perfectly suited to this kind of film. He manages to outshine all of his fellow actors, who generally fail to make much of the film's comic potential - except for the spirited contributions from Colette Brosset and Michel Galabru.
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Film Credits

Directed by Robert Dhéry
Starring: Louis de Funès, Andréa Parisy, Franco Fabrizi, Michèle Alexandre, Nicole Vervil, Robert Rollis, Georges Adet, Philippe Dumat, Gérard Calvi, Roger Caccia
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