Pierre Étaix: The Lost Laugh
Pays De Cocagne
France | 1971 | Pierre Étaix
The fifth (and final) feature by France’s Pierre Étaix is a striking (and biting) change of pace for the mild-mannered, Keaton-like comedian. It’s a group portrait of complacent French people on holiday at the beach and in the countryside, shot three months after the explosive events of May 1968. Étaix’s camera captures the vacationers as they spout off on a variety of topics—from eroticism and violence to marriage and even architecture. It was not well received by his public and essentially ended his filmmaking career. “Cleverly furious and deftly discerning.” –The New Yorker.
Subtitles. 74 min.
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