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My American Uncle
     

My American Uncle

Director: Alain Resnais, Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger-Pierre

Cast: Alain Resnais, Gérard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, Roger-Pierre

 

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Alain Resnais' Mon Oncle D'Amerique is presented in the form of a "case history," replete with a pedantic narrator, played by real-life behavioral scientist Henri Laborit. Gerald Depardieu plays a plant manager whose behavior is inspired by the films of "macho" French film star Jean Gabin. Nicole Garcia portrays an actress who has patterned her conduct after

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Alain Resnais' Mon Oncle D'Amerique is presented in the form of a "case history," replete with a pedantic narrator, played by real-life behavioral scientist Henri Laborit. Gerald Depardieu plays a plant manager whose behavior is inspired by the films of "macho" French film star Jean Gabin. Nicole Garcia portrays an actress who has patterned her conduct after stage and film luminary Jean Marais. And Roger-Pierre is a TV executive whose main influence in life is lovely cinema actress Danielle Darrieux. Though it may sound like a Woody Allen comedy, Mon Oncle D'Amerique eschews satire for the most part, treating both its subject matter and its subjects with intense seriousness. The film scored a hit with moviegoers and critics alike, and was honored with six French Cesar Awards.

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All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
One rarely associates the austere films of Alain Resnais with comedy, but in his first real hit, the director's exploration of the theories of behavioral scientist Henri Laborit is surprisingly amusing. Resnais has often dwelt on the influence of the past upon the present, and the determinism that renders freedom chimerical. Here, he returns to the theme, in following the lives of three French professionals whose lives never intersect until the latter part of the film. The doctor appears onscreen in a white lab coat explaining the vagaries of their behavior, which is illustrated by human-sized mice responding to carrot-and-stick incentives. Like Johnson's The Vanity of Human Wishes, it emphasizes the way in which the character's intention or plans rarely come pass in the way they imagine, and is especially funny and discerning on the fate of '60s self-proclaimed revolutionaries turned '80s yuppies. If the film is finally as sobering as his more overtly serious about the way social phenomena mold behavior, the journey is much more fun than usual. Gerard Depardieu, Nicole Garcia, and Roger-Pierre all are excellent as the trio in search of an elusive happiness.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/28/2000
UPC:
0717119170042
Original Release:
1980
Rating:
PG
Source:
New Yorker Video
Time:
2:03:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gérard Depardieu Rene Ragueneau
Nicole Garcia Janine Garnier
Roger-Pierre Jean Le Gall
Marie Dubois Therese Ragueneau
Henri Laborit Himself
Laurence Badie Mme. Veestrate
Jean Dasté M. Louis
Dorothée Narrator
Helena Manson Mme. Crozet
Pierre Arditi Zambeaux
Gérard Darrieu Leon Veestrate
Philippe Laudenbach Michael Aubert
Alexandre Rignault Jean's Grandfather
Véronique Silver Actor
Jean Lescto Actor
Genevieve Mnich Actor
Guillaume Boisseau Jean, as a child
Catherine Frot Actor
Brigitte Roüan Actor
Jean-Bernard Guillard Actor
Laurence Fevrier Actor
Sabine Thomas Actor
Jacques Rispal Actor
Serge Feuillard Actor
Gilette Barbier Actor
Dominique Rozan Actor
Nelly Borgeaud Arlette Le Gall

Technical Credits
Alain Resnais Director
Philippe Dussart Producer
Arie Dzierlatka Score Composer
Jean Gruault Screenwriter
Albert Jurgenson Editor
Catherine Leterrier Costumes/Costume Designer
Jacques Maumont Sound/Sound Designer
Jean-Pierre Ruh Sound/Sound Designer
Jacques Saulnier Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Sacha Vierny Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Profiles [21:03]
2. Facing the Audience [10:31]
3. Taking a Trip [1:35]
4. Salmi of Woodcock [7:02]
5. The Blondel File [5:31]
6. Successor [6:58]
7. Change [2:18]
8. False Hope [3:34]
9. Lock Me In [17:02]
10. Tide's Rising [13:12]
11. It's Criminal [9:23]
12. Forgive Me [4:59]
13. Is Mr. Le Gall in? [7:09]
14. The Unconscious Mind [6:11]

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