Carambolages (1963)

Carambolages (1963, FRA) 87m. ** D: Marcel Bluwal. Starring Jean-Claude Brialy, Louis de Funès, Michel Serrault, Sophie Daumier, Anne Tonietti, Pierre Tchernia, Dominique Zardi, Alain Delon. Farcical comedy is a French imitation of Billy Wilder's ONE, TWO, THREE (1961). Simple employee Brialy indebts himself, hoping to get promoted in the near future. When his plans are thwarted, he finds himself contemplating murder. Meanwhile, his boss de Funès is trying to find a new slogan for their company called 321(!). Excellent performances by de Funès (in a less comic turn than usual) and Serrault (as an overanxious police inspector) make this recommendable to fans of French comedies, but plot is completely incredible and dramatically uneven. Based on a novel by Fred Kassak. English title: CAROM SHOTS.


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