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FRENCH CINEMA with English translations on Thursday 27th December 2012 from 7:30pm at Les Boules Cafe Petanque:

posted Dec 20, 2012, 11:59 AM by Eric Masson
Dear friends and dear family of Les Boules ,

After Christmas and before New Year, FRENCH CINEMA with English translations on Thursday 27th December 2012 from 7:30pm at Les Boules Cafe Petanque:

- The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire).
- The Tall Blond Man Returns (Le retour du grand blond).

The chief of the French secret service, Louis Toulouse, in a plot to discredit his second in command, Bernard Milan (who is himself plotting to discredit Toulouse so that he can supplant him), sends his assistant, Perrache, to choose at random someone from the crowd of travelers arriving at the Orly airport, having made Milan believe that Perrache has gone to meet a master spy who will expose Milan's treachery.
Perrache happens to select François Perrin, an unsuspecting violinist, who is noticeable because as the result of a practical joke he has arrived wearing a black shoe on one foot and a reddish-brown one on the other. Milan takes the bait and immediately begins a series of attempts to find out what Perrin knows—blind to the fact that Perrin knows nothing at all about espionage, although he is an expert on music. Milan's machinations involve Perrin in a series of increasingly peculiar adventures, and although he is largely oblivious to the mayhem Milan causes to occur around him, he can't help noticing the beautiful femme fatale, Christine. In a startling scene, she greets him at her door in a demure high-necked black-velvet dress, then turns around and shows that the dress is backless, displaying discreet buttock cleavage. (A similar dress is seen once again—at a symphony concert—in the sequel film, Le Retour du Grand Blond. A slapstick love scene ensues, followed by more mayhem and treachery, leading to the death of several secret-service thugs and the downfall of Milan. Toulouse watches the chaos serenely.
The film ends, as it had begun, at Orly. Perrin is pushing a huge Louis Vuitton steamer trunk in an airport luggage cart, talking softly to it. (Apparently Christine is inside.) Their destination is Rio
see you on Thursday..
Eric Masson,
Dec 20, 2012, 11:59 AM