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History & Civilizations

Louis de Funès

95 min visit

The Cinémathèque française
19 May → 1 Aug 2021
Monday, and from Wednesday to Friday from 12 am to 7 pm. Saturday, from 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday, from 11 am to 8 pm. Closed Tuesdays.

« "Laughter is the hallmark of man," wrote Rabelais. This exhibition should delight the many admirers of one of the greatest popular actors.  »

Impossible to miss this emblematic figure in the history of French cinema! Louis de Funès is in everyone's mind. His bewildered air, his exaggerated mimics, his phrasing punctuated by the exclamation points of his famous lines: "Ma biche! ", " It's not possible?! ", " Get the hell out of here! ». The actor starts his career late, but he continues it in grandiloquence and his genius explodes with colour in La Grande Vadrouille. The Cinémathèque pays tribute to him today. The story of Louis de Funès is the story of a jazzman turned actor, who gradually imposes his rhythm in his films, until he becomes the author-composer of characters to his excess. He mimes, dances, leaps, just like his mute heroes. His filmography follows the History of France, from the Occupation to the Glorious Thirties. In it, he incarnates the most unjust characters, from the domestic tyrant to the rankless rising up the ladder. Joyfully, he makes fun of foxes, liars or angry people, as if to provide a real outlet for everyone. This frenzied tempo, and the liberating laughter it provokes, makes his playing timeless, which is still celebrated today.


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