Delusions of Grandeur (1971)

Delusions of Grandeur (1971)

Released: 1971
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Genre, History
Director: Gérard Oury
Starring: Alice Sapritch, Yves Montand, Louis de Funès, ,
Run time: 108 min
IMDb: 7.3/10
Country: France
Views: 105243


Don Salluste, a petty tyrant in his own home and minister of the King of Spain, falls from grace. Wanting revenge, he tries to compromize the Queen with his valet Blaze, introduced as his cousin. But poor Blaze gets stuck with a rather repulsive duenna, who is madly in love with him and very keen on getting her way. This wild comedy takes off at a dashing pace set by the De Funes, Montand and Sapritch trio.
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User Reviews: As all other comments have pointed out, this is a real delight, thanks to top acting and directing talent, great dialogs, clever parody of Morricone and spaghetti westerns… I know the film by heart, as it has been on french TV at least once a year since it was made: 30 years ago! I’d really be interested in knowing what kind of entertainment value people from the USA, people who are neither living near France nor in a french speaking environment, find in this movie. Because it seems so very specifically french to me…

And I noticed that more or less every comment here comes from someone who’s got either a language or some other European strings attached helping them getting the movie’s humor.

Louis de Funès is a cult figure in France, he is an artist apart from everyone else. I love him, and I would be so curious to know what effect he, as well as that french comedy style, have on someone who doesn’t have my cultural background…

Anyway, to anyone who has the opportunity to see this film, it’s quite a curiosity, unique in its own way!

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