Week five is time for one of the big categories: comedy. I'm hoping for some good nominations.
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.
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.
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.
I can't recommend this movie enough. I want to just grab people in the street and scream "HAVE YOU SEEN OSS 117???"
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.
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.
This was a solid debut for Hazanavicius and a very fun film. There's uneven pacing, but I was very pleased with this, which seemed an interesting hybrid between the James Bond and Pink Panther film series. I loved the scoring and cinematography as well. Dujardin's character was a bit strange and the pacing was a tad uneven, but those are small flaws. This is the first of Hazanavicius' films I have seen, though I have 'The Artist' on blu. I've heard that in the sequel, he jumps a decade to the 60's--it would be interesting, if they decide to eventually continue the series, if each film could be of following decades, straight through to the present day. It was clever…
Fun french spy film. Some of the jokes hit really flat but others are great. I liked all the actual historical references setting it in the real world. Curious about the 60s versions.
Michel Hazanavicius et Jean Dujardin nous prouvent avec ce pastiche de James Bond que les français restent tout de même les meilleurs dans l'art de la comédie lorsque celle ci est bien faite, et dans le cas de ce premier opus d'*Oss 117*, le spectateur a droit à un petit bijou d'écriture, de jeu et de mise en scène.
En effet, c'est bel et bien dans sa capacité à se servir à la perfection de la totalité de son langage cinématographique qu'Oss 117 trouve toute sa force et le place en tant que film français majeur des années 2000's. Tout d'abord son casting, aux petits oignons, je pense notamment à François Damiens, Richard Sammel, Philippe Lefebvre et bien évidemment Jean…
Many years ago I shared an office with a woman from Nebraska who thought it was hilarious that London began to fall apart after we had had a centimetre of snow. Last Wednesday the snow was up to my knees and the trains weren’t running, the busses had stopped, there were no cars going down the road outside our house, no one was going to work, the schools were closed, so I let my son sleep on and at 7.30 in the morning I started to watch this film which had been broadcasted by the BBC the previous night. France still churns out a lot of comedies, most of them don’t reach Britain – I have no memory of this…
It’s a rare thing when a foreign language film can make me laugh out loud. I mean, I love foreign films, but humor is such a verbal thing and subtitles usually rob it of its timing and rhythm (plus those Swedes can be a dour bunch). Comedy works better cross-culturally when its less verbal and more physical [see: Hulot, Monsieur] and this recent spy spoof is a perfect example of why.
Based on a deadly serious series of Cold War pulp novels and films, this is a goofy, satirical take on the whole early Bond era super suave secret agent formula and it’s really one of the best of its kind. There’s a little Austin Powers in there, but with…
This might be the funniest film ever (Only the sequel can compete). Jean Dujardin is the best guy you could possibly imagine in this role.
P.S It is probably only great when watched in french
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