A fitfully amusing, lightly cruel series of elaborations by Guitry on the theme of the tyranny of appearance. A philanthropist with a great mis-shapen nose sets up a com- mittee to help other victims of 'phenomenal physiognomy'. Along comes Fernandel, comparatively normal looking but whose misfortune, he explains, is that his face makes people laugh. All his jobs - undertaker, theatre prompt, casino detective, nurse - end by illustrating how fine feelings are at the mercy of a funny face. It's wrapped up with a grotesque final sketch and a sentimental song. Fernandel is quite subdued, both as director and star, as if aware that the subject goes too deep for mere farce. Now if Guitry himself had directed it...
Adhemar ou Le Jouet de la Fatalité
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