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OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
Secret agent OSS 117 foils Nazis, beds local beauties, and brings peace to the Middle East.
Based on novels that were surprisingly published before the 007 series, OSS 117 is a spy spoof movie that brings back the charm of the spy movie classics. From the stylish cinematography and careful decoration and set design to the compelling storyline and characterization and charismatic performances, Hazanavicius' OSS 117 is a film that perfectly captures the essence of the famous adventure spy films. Everything works smoothly and the director is constantly poking fun at the most inconvenient situations, always with a childish humour following the remarkable lines. Jean Dujardin makes it easier with a fascinating performance that captures the charm of the old 007 films, always with a naughty smile in his face while taking advantage of his natural charisma. He's supported by a high caliber actress of French cinema, the reliable Bérénice Bejo. On overall, OSS 117 is another great film from the award winning French director that captures the charm of other periods of cinema's history beautifully.
Jean Dujardin's performance is easily the greatest comedy performance of this young century. His OSS 117 is part Sean Connery, part complete idiot but always a joy to watch.
I can't recommend this movie enough. I want to just grab people in the street and scream "HAVE YOU SEEN OSS 117???"
Das 50/60er-Jahre Setting ist sehr schön und atmet den Geist der alten Agentenfilme aus dieser Zeit.
JEAN DUJARDIN spielt seinen Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath alias OSS117 wunderbar schnöselig und BERENICE BEJO ist mal wieder sehr hübsch anzusehen. Witzig das beide einige Jahre später für THE ARTIST für den Oscar nominiert waren, den DUJARDIN am Ende sogar gewann.
Hier stimmt halt leider nur das Setdesign, der Humor war selten der meine. Mal sehen ob ich dem Nachfolger trotzdem noch eine Chance gebe.
Uneven but charming. Jean Dujardin is extremely good at physical comedy and they nail the style of classic spy movies (well, Bond movies, really), but the jokes were a little hit-and-miss for me - possibly some of them don't work as well translated. The key thing for films like this is fun, though, and you can tell everyone involved had a great time on this one. The flashbacks to the lead character happily playing swingball on the beach and laughing with his dead best friend are amazing.
I was a huge fan of The Artist back in 2011 and have been curious about the first Michel Hazanavicius/Jean Dujardin/Berenice Bejo collaboration since. Well, Nest of Spies is good. It's a parody of the Bond films which really goes out of its way to replicate the style of 60s spy thrillers, a touch I really appreciated. Dujardin is great as the arrogant agent and Bernice Bejo does good work with a smaller part. The comedy here is mostly solid. I especially like any of the beach scenes and the running joke with 117 handing out pictures of the French president. Granted, a lot of jokes don't work and I don't think the film ever rises above amusing, but I had fun.
WHY HAD I NEVER SEEN THIS BEFORE? This should have an ad inside every James Bond film sold on DVD/Blu Ray. I have no excuses though. As a big 007 fan, I should have known about this movie before it was released, let along 10 years later.
Whatever though, I've seen it now. This thing nails the Connery era Bonds down to a three digit codename. When 117 walks into an area, gets off of a plane, enters a hotel, etc; it all looks like it could in fact be 60s time Connery. Jean Dujardin knows how to perfectly appear to be him, but at the same time escalates the parody level perfectly.
There are sooooooo many things I want…
Meh. The main character being a culturally insensitive, rude idiot only works as a punchline so many times. At some point you also need to have actual clever jokes, which there aren't enough in this film.
In fact I would say that 117 being an imbecile who lacks any social awareness actually clashes with the "James Bond" style stereotype and so is detrimental to the parody.
A lethal satire of colonial attitudes, wrapped up in a well-executed spy parody (one that works at a formal level beyond just vaguely looking like the thing it's parodying). I hope Hazanavicius and Dujardin make more comedies, because this film—especially Dujardin's performance—almost feels like France's answer to Stephen Chow: from the consistent comic atmosphere which gets laughs out of elements of film other comedy filmmakers wouldn't even consider could be mined for a joke, to its almost kitchen sink approach to comedy, to the straight-faced running gags, to the absurdist digressions like the scene at the embassy dance where characters trade threatening aphorisms.
It's really funny, is what I'm saying.
Holy hell, I had a blast with this movie! If you're a fan of the Bond films, the spy genre, or well done parody films, check this out.
Jean Dujardin is a terrificly charismatic personality on screen and plays an idiot spy that embodies all of the classic 007 stereotypes from the Connery era. OSS 117 is chauvinist, sexist, ignorant of other cultures, completely inept at actual spy work, and loves his own jokes. It completely nails the ridiculousness of the typical male bravado. I love the Bond films, but I'm not going to pretend they aren't a product of their times, and this film exaggerates it hilariously.
The humour is varied and non-stop. Some of the wittiest writing may…
This is why Westerners shouldn't be in Egypt or Arab. I can see Sean Connery from him I'm crying
James Bond? No, OSS 117, as stupid as smily, as politically incorrect and sexist as possible. In a good 007-style hammams, women, oiled men and chicken. Lots of chicken.
The lighting, cinematography, and production design are so specific to films from the 1950s and 60s (particularly Connery-era Bond films), I kept having to remind myself that I was watching a film from 2006. Aside from some funny sight gags, a lot of the humor fell flat if only because comedic timing and witty quips don't have the same impact when you're reading subtitles. It had me wishing the film was in English, or that I was fluent in French.
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