De-Funes special: Oscar & Hibernatus

I watched these two movies within one week, they share the same director so can end up on the same post. Never trust the maid Edouard Molinaro (1967) This movie is really well-known among De-Funes aficionados, but for some reason I can't remember watching it as a kid. One of the few that slipped past…

Movie review: Le Grand Restaurant

Le Grand Restaurant Jacques Besnard (1966) Still in my De Funes phase, I've re-watched a movie I haven't seen many times (for a reason). Septime, head of a high-end restaurant in Paris, gets in a lot of trouble when the president of a foreign country is kidnapped during dinner. The Bad: The story is not…

Movie review: L’Aile ou la Cuisse

L'Aile ou la Cuisse Claude Zidi (1976) My current obsession for Louis de Funes continues with another movie I have seen a lot of times when I was young. Watching it again after a few years I was again pleasantly surprised. Charles Duchemin, editor of a prestigious culinary guide, is near retirement, and wants his…

Movie review: Le Gendarme et les Extra-terrestres

Le Gendarme et les Extra-terrestres Jean Girault (1979) Nearly a decade after the previous episode, most of the team returns for a movie that really stands out from the rest, but not in a good way... The brigade of St-Tropez encounters beings from another planet. Ludovic Cruchot is soon hunted by his own comrades while…

Movie review: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones (1975) I knew of Monty Python long before seeing any of their material, but I had to reach a certain level of English to "get" them, so I came to it fairly late. King Arthur travels the realm searching for companions to join the Knights…

Movie review: Le Gendarme en balade

Le Gendarme en balade Jean Girault (1970) This is probably the episode I've seen the most. I used to know the dialog by heart (not anymore haha), it was great to watch it again after several years. Forced into retirement, the brigade of St-Tropez has trouble adjusting to civilian life. When one of their own…

Movie review: Le Gendarme se marie

Le Gendarme se marie Jean Girault (1968) We continue our viewing of the classic French comedy series. I enjoyed the first two episodes, but I knew the best was to come. In this third episode, Gendarme Cruchot meets Josepha, a charming widow. His daugther worries about this new relationship. The Bad: The pacing slows down…

Movie review: Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez

Le gendarme de Saint-Tropez Jean Girault (1962) The French cinema I was raised on mostly consists of popular comedies made between 1960 and 1990. I certainly have missed out on a lot of good movies, but fortunately for me a lot of these comedies are really good! In Louis de Funes' most famous role, we…