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Black and White in Color (1976)

La victoire en chantant (original title)
PG | | Comedy, Drama, War | 8 May 1977 (USA)
French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they ... See full summary »

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Georges Conchon (original screenplay), Jean-Jacques Annaud (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Carmet ... Le sergent Bosselet
Jacques Dufilho Jacques Dufilho ... Paul Rechampot
Catherine Rouvel Catherine Rouvel ... Marinette
Jacques Spiesser ... Hubert Fresnoy
Maurice Barrier ... Caprice
Benjamin Memel Atchory Benjamin Memel Atchory ... Assomption
Peter Berling ... Le père Jean de la Croix
Marius Beugre Boignan Marius Beugre Boignan ... Barthelémy
Claude Legros Claude Legros ... Jacques Rechampot
Dora Doll ... Maryvonne
Baye Macoumba Diop Baye Macoumba Diop ... Lamartine
Jacques Monnet Jacques Monnet ... Le père Simon
Dieter Schidor Dieter Schidor ... Kraft
Aboubakar Toine Aboubakar Toine ... Fidele
Marc Zuber ... Le major anglais
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French colonists in Africa, several months behind in the news, find themselves at war with their German neighbors. Deciding that they must do their proper duty and fight the Germans, they promptly conscript the local native population. Issuing them boots and rifles, the French attempt to make "proper" soldiers out of the Africans. A young, idealistic French geographer seems to be the only rational person in the town, and he takes over control of the "war" after several bungles on the part of the others. Written by Carl Seiler <lcs9549@tamsun.tamu.edu>

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The picture that marches to a different drummer.

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Language:

French | English

Release Date:

8 May 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black and White in Color See more »

Filming Locations:

Ivory Coast See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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First film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud. See more »

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Hubert Fresnoy: [writing a letter] To Lucien Herr, College of Advanced Education, 45 rue d'Ulm, Fifth Arrondissement, Paris, in care of Administrator Tarato. St. Pierre de Samba, French Equatorial Africa. Fort Coulais, January 6, 1915. Dear teacher, and if I may, dear friend. Here is my punishment for not excelling in nobler fields of study. I should be teaching Greek in one of those pleasant schools of which our province is so proud but instead here I am under a summer sky wandering through virgin savannahs ...
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La Victoire en Chantant....
7 August 2006 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...Nous Ouvre la Barrière

La Liberté Guide Nos Pas.....

Borrowing from one of the most famous military marches for its original title ("Black and White in color" became the title when it was awarded an AA),"La Victoire En Chantant" remained Annaud's best : bitter and utterly uncompromising qualities .At the time ,he had not been swallowed by the Hollywood machine and he did not need a Brad Pitt to flog his stuff.

His actors are not very famous on an international level but all of them are to be commended:Jean Carmet,Jacques Spiesser,Catherine Rouvel or Jacques Dufilho are all excellent thespians .

Africa 1915:the French colonizers do not know their country is at war.but a geographer learns the whole story and urges his compatriots to join the fight against those Barbarian Germans .There are Germans in the neighborhood,therefore they have become enemies.So let's enlist the natives and let's wage war through "black" intermediaries.

A brilliant metaphor of the absurdity of war,an excellent spoof on jingoist spirit .You should see the heroes having a picnic while their men go to be slaughtered.


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