Ni Vu, Ni Connu (1958, FRA) B&W-88m. ** D: Yves Robert. Starring Louis de Funès, Noelle Adam, Moustache, Pierre Mondy, Pierre Stéphen, Robert Vattier, Yves Robert. Montpaillard, the 'calmest village in France', has one big problem, mischief-maker de Funès. The hermite is a poacher, cheater and black market seller. That's why the mayor would rather see him in prison. Then he is really locked up for a crime he didn't commit - and the community realizes what he means to their lives. Uneven comedy has little appeal at the beginning, then improves. Of main interest for an early starring role of the energetic-as-ever de Funès. Based on a play by Alphonse Allais, filmed before in 1923 and 1931. Also known as VIVE MONSIEUR BLAIREAU, and NEITHER SEEN NOR RECOGNIZED.


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