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Robert et Robert

Cat and Mouse

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Robert et Robert

Director Claude Lelouch, best known for his 1966 film A Man and a Woman (which won both the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar and the Cannes Palme de Or) is still going strong at 78, and continues to be versatile in all genres, from comedies to dramas, love stories to thrillers. Robert et Robert is an eccentric laugh fest that riffs a bit on The Odd Couple with two unlikely middle-aged friends (Charles Denner, Jacques Villeret) named Robert – one a boisterous cab driver, the other a shy wallflower – deciding they’ve had enough of the single life and applying at a dating agency, resulting in an escalating chain of ever more screwball misadventures.

“Like all Lelouch comedies, Robert et Robert is infinitely generous, both in spirit and to its characters” – Vincent Canby, The New York Times

Marc Edward Heuck discusses Robert et Robert on the New Beverly blog.

Director
Claude Lelouch
Starring
Charles Denner, Jacques Villeret, Jean-Claude Brialy
Year
1978
Country
France
Format
35mm
Running Time
105 minutes

Cat and Mouse

Serge Reggiani (Le Doulos) is an idiosyncratic police inspector investigating the death of a wealthy, womanizing bourgeois (Jean-Pierre Aumont) who was hated by his beautiful wife (Michelle Morgan, Port of Shadows). Director Claude Lelouch delivers his usual deft touch, carefully balancing comedy with the mystery and drama. Reggiani has all kinds of subtle dirty tricks up his sleeve to pry loose incriminating information, and he proceeds with abandon, even though he is falling for his main suspect.

Cat and Mouse isn’t primarily a comedy, but it continually sends up the conventions of mystery fiction, and also parodies a great many movie-making gimmicks. In addition to being one of his best and most ingenious films… this the closest Mr. Lelouch has come to …attract moviegoers of all persuasions, not just the romantics in the crowd.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Director
Claude Lelouch
Starring
Michèle Morgan, Serge Reggiani, Philippe Léotard, Jean-Pierre Aumont
Year
1975
Country
France
Format
English subtitled 35mm
Running Time
107 minutes

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