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Barbouzes, Les (1964)

Original Title : Barbouzes, Les
Director : Georges Lautner
Writer : Michel Audiard
Albert Simonin
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Jean Mottet , Alain Poiré , Robert Sussfeld
Music : Michel Magne
Photography : Maurice Fellous
Distributor : American International Pictures (AIP) [us]
IMDB ID : 0057870
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Barbouzes, Les (1964) - Georges Lautner
 

Starring

Lino Ventura Francis Lagneau
Francis Blanche Boris Vassiliev
Bernard Blier Eusebio Cafarelli
Mireille Darc Amaranthe
Jess Hahn O'Brien
André Weber Rossini
Louis Arbessier The Swiss colonel
Jacques Balutin Le douanier (scenes deleted
 

Plot

A cold-war spy parody. After the death of an armaments manufacturer, an international group of spies is drawn into a high-stakes battle of wits to obtain the valuable military patents which have been inherited by the lovely widow.
 

Comments

A great parody, but prefer "les tontons flingueurs" A tipically popular French movie of the 60s with great actor, great dialogues and a directing, if not very clean, efficient in spite of modest means. However,scenario is flatter than in others Audiard's movies and some scenes are too long to be funny. Movie as a whole is endless and a sharper, more concise style would have been benefic to the drama. I still recommend to see this movie, which remains creative, and which is a real, in opposition with e.g. "Austin Powers", a parody of a parody (James Bonds) only based on gimmiks. "Les Barbouzes" is a stand-alone movie, a piece in the great wall of cine-history, which is not Mike Meier's art.
 
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Barbouzes, Les (1964) - Georges Lautner
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