Ni Vu, Ni Connu (1958)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Comedy of Manners, Crime Comedy  |   Release Date - Apr 23, 1958 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Ni Vu, Ni Connu (Neither Seen Nor Recognized) is built around the talents of rubber-faced Gallic comedian Louis De Funes. Our hero is a poacher in a small provincial village, who always manages to stay one step ahead of the Law. Through a fluke, De Funes finds himself the town's Leading Citizen when he is falsely arrested on another charge, forcing the village elders to bend over backwards making amends. Director Yves Robert anticipates such 1960s helmsmen as Clive Donner and Richard Lester by periodically speeding up the action in the manner of a silent movie. Adding spice to the proceedings is curvaceous actress-dancer Noelle Adam, who went on to a desultory American career as a protégé of actor-producer Keefe Brasselle.

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mistaken-identity, poacher