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Les Grandes Manoeuvres

  • Film

Time Out says

A garrison town just before the First World War. Armand, rakish lieutenant in the Dragoons (Philipe), undertakes to seduce any woman - say, whoever wins tonight's raffle - by the time the regiment goes on summer manoeuvres. A decorous but unfoolable divorcée (Morgan) turns out to be the object of the wager and of course Armand falls genuinely in love: the rake's comeuppance. But Clair is the victim of his own nature just as much as the hapless Armand. His preferred 'voice' - the lightly ironical - and the distance he insists on maintaining between characters and audience ensure that the story seems only half-expressed, merely an agreeably rendered anecdote. Hard to resist imagining what Max Ophuls might have made of it.
Written by BBa

Release Details

  • Duration:107 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:René Clair
  • Screenwriter:René Clair, Jérôme Géronimi, Jean Marsan
  • Cast:
    • Gérard Philipe
    • Michèle Morgan
    • Jean Desailly
    • Yves Robert
    • Brigitte Bardot
    • Magali Noel
    • Dany Carrel
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