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A Rare Bird (1935)

Un oiseau rare (original title)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pierre Brasseur ... Jean Berthier
Max Dearly ... Melleville
Monique Rolland ... Renée
Charles Dechamps ... Le directeur de l'hôtel
Jean Tissier ... Mascaret
Madeleine Guitty ... Léonie
Henri Vilbert Henri Vilbert ... Grégoire
Claire Gérard Claire Gérard ... Mme Berthier
Pierre Larquey ... Valentin
Marcel Duhamel Marcel Duhamel ... Le baron Tourtau
Madeleine Suffel Madeleine Suffel ... La baronne Tourtau
Anthony Gildès Anthony Gildès ... Le sourd
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Léon Arvel Léon Arvel ... Broux
Carlos Avril Carlos Avril
Lou Bonin Lou Bonin
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 June 1935 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rare Bird See more »

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Mega Films See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Parrots and slogans
17 July 2007 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

In France it is often mooted that Marcel Carné without Jacques Prevert was nothing or almost nothing.But when you watch Prevert's screenplays which were not directed by "Le Jour se Lève" director,you're compelled to admit that all was not gold.And Richard Pottier is not that much bad a director as "Caroline Chérie" or the overlooked (and remarkable)"Meurtres " testify.And Billy Wilder stole the "Some like it hot" plot from him! "Un Oiseau Rare" begins quite well with a very modern subject: stupid slogans were a foretaste of the obnoxious world of advertising we are forced to live in.And the scene when all the executives are boot-lickers is still relevant today.In the tradition of Beaumarchais,the boss admits that all he had to do was to be born and to spend his daddy's dough (Some money remains cause I could not spend it all!)...

But all that takes place in the hotel which would like to prove the FRench proverb "L'Habit Ne Fait Pas Le Moine" (=One shouldn't judge by appearances ) is never really exciting nor really funny.All is too conventional.If Prévert means madness, wit, black humour and rebellion against established order,then you can pronounce him dead here.There's not even one line which is memorable .The bourgeois happy end takes the biscuit.Sorry Writer's ,but sometimes we do not agree...


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