Le Magnifique

Directed by Philippe de Broca
France, Mexico, Italy / 1973 / Narrative
95 minutes / French

François Merlin's (Jean-Paul Belmondo) real life as a pulp novelist coincides with his rich fantasy life where he imagines himself as his main character Bob Saint-Clar, international superspy. His pompous publisher Pierre Charron (Vittorio Caprioli) doubles as the villain Karpof and his lovely neighbor Christine (Jacqueline Bisset) as his imagined lover Tatiana. Our second film to feature Belmondo is also part of our year-long Golden Anniversaries programming, which features films celebrating their 50th anniversaries.

Intro and discussion by Jean-Louis Pautrot, professor of French and in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Saint Louis University.