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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 Poir√© , 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
¬Andr√© 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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