La Belle Americaine (1961)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Satire  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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In this French variation on Mark Twain's Man with a Million story, a man's life is completely changed by the acquisition of a new car. Marcel, a Chaplainesque factory worker, sets out to buy an old motorcycle and ends up getting a new Cadillac convertible (the "beautiful American" of the title) for $100. He loses his job and suffers other misadventures, but is then amazed at how people treat him when they learn he owns the prestigious vehicle. Amusing little farce makes a few telling points about the pretensions of the very rich.

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America, car, factory, France, jealousy, neighbor, trunk [car trunk], wife