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Topaze (1951)

Albert Topaze, sincere schoolteacher addicted to "rote" morality, works at a private school run by supremely money-grubbing M. Muche, whose daughter, also a teacher, makes cynical use of ... See full summary »

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Marcel Pagnol

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Marcel Pagnol
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Complete credited cast:
Fernandel ... Albert Topaze
Hélène Perdrière Hélène Perdrière ... Suzy Courtois
Jacqueline Pagnol ... Ernestine Muche
Marcel Vallée ... M. Muche
Jacques Castelot Jacques Castelot ... Roger Gaëtan de Bersac
Milly Mathis Milly Mathis ... La barone / The Baroness
Yvette Etiévant ... La dactylo de Topaze / Topaze's typist
Robert Moor Robert Moor ... Le vénérable vieillard
Rivers Cadet Rivers Cadet ... L'agent de police
Marcel Loche Marcel Loche ... Un domestique (as Loche)
Pierre Larquey ... Tamise (as Larquey)
Jacques Morel Jacques Morel ... Régis Castel-Vernac
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Albert Topaze, sincere schoolteacher addicted to "rote" morality, works at a private school run by supremely money-grubbing M. Muche, whose daughter, also a teacher, makes cynical use of the knowledge that Topaze loves her. Alas, Topaze's naive honesty brings him unjust dismissal...and makes him fair game for the "aunt" of his private pupil, really the mistress of crooked politician Regis, who needs an honest-seeming "front man." Can artful Suzy Courtois keep Topaze on the string? With steadily escalating disillusion comes moral crisis... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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French

Release Date:

2 February 1951 (France) See more »

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| (1976)

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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The loss of innocence
1 December 2005 | by corvinelloSee all my reviews

The setting: a small private school run by a Scrooge-y director. Topaze, a thirty-something teacher, scrupulously honest, who is fond of his job and full of indulgence and devotion for his pupils, is brutally expelled for refusing to cheat by upgrading the bad scores of a rich-family pupil, as demanded by both his mother and the director.

Clueless and still honest through it all, circumstances lead him next to be recruited to "work" - unknowingly - as a front for a corrupted city counselor who uses his position to get all sorts of paybacks. But as Topaze "wisens" up, his view of life, of the values of virtue and the utility of money will evolve in a new direction.

The plot is simple enough, but listen to those dialogs! Topaze seems dumb but is in fact generous and refuses to admit, not being corrupt himself, the mere existence of corruption in the people that surround him. He truly believes in the goodness of man. Events will challenge this belief, as it does for most of us.

This tale rings astonishingly true in the present times. It has not aged a bit. Though at times cynical, it is a deep and touching reflexion on the importance of money, wealth and power, the supremacy of appearances over substance, and the ordeal of those that are deprived of any of those things.

In my opinion, being a Pagnol fan (of both his books and films), this is Marcel Pagnol's most personal opus. It features an extraordinary cast; as in all of Pagnol's movies, event the smallest parts are well-cast. Fernandel is outstanding as he goes from naive to cynical. Perdrière is adorable and smart, and Marcel Vallée plays the part of the school director with verve: watch him closely in the scene where he is with the outraged mother who demands that the "error" in his son's scores is "discovered" and corrected.

If you have a chance to see this, don't miss it.


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