The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire, French comedy, colour, 1972, by Yves Robert, Language: Hungarian, Subtitles: English, 90'



09.06. 19:30
Szent István square

Introduction: Pierre Richard

Directed by Yves Robert
Screenplay by Yves Robert, Francis Veber
Director of photography: René Mathelin
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Cast: Pierre Richard, Bernard Blier, Jean Rocherfort, Mireille Darc, Colette Castel, Jean Obé
Production: Gaumont, Les Productions de la Guéville, Madeleine Films

This was the film that made the pan flute fashionable. The music of Vladimir Cosma was performed by the Romanian Georghe Zamfir, and the film was such a success, here in Hungary, too, that for a time virtually every family owned a set of pan pipes. In this film, once again, Pierre Richard starts everything off with a classic misunderstanding. Or more accurately, the plot start line is more akin to a thriller than a light, slick French comedy. The tall blond man with one black shoe is the cheese in the mousetrap set for the traitor in the spy organization. The two rival groups in the agency clash above his head in a way that hedoes not notice anything, and as a matter of fact he only enjoys its advantages. He does away with them like they were his two attackers: when he bends down for his glasses, one of them trips up and he accidentally knocks over the other one. The humour also lies in the fact that the anti-hero, the very non-heroic tall blond man, is far from a pillar of upstanding morality himself: his lover is the wife of his colleague and best friend. But it doesn’t matter. The film was made at a time when it was still considered très chic to smoke.