Aux deux Colombes

Genre: Comedy
95 min

O, vast shade-filled studio

destined to be a scenario

for public pleasure,

I salute thee.

And I must remind the set designer,

that we'll be starting

our film next Monday.

A switch of producers. work!

And a real leader succeeds

the one who left.

One piece of scenery is demolished

to build another.

But here we have

a poor out-of-work actor

coming to offer his services,

while passageways

already span the sets.

Come in.

I was wondering if

you'd have a part for me

in your film?

- No.

Don't forget I can play anything.

Idiots. Poets.



Military types.

Beggars and


Those who are deaf...

or who stu...stutter.

- How about the role

of the one who leaves now?

The sound van

comes into the studio.

The operator will listen

through headphones.

Any chance you've got my costumes?

The props men come in indian-file

carrying the furniture.

But who's this casual visitor

wandering about the studio?

- You play very well.


Where'd you get that from?

It's mine.

For Mademoiselle Hortensia?


So you're Louis Guy?

Yes, monsieur.

So would you like

to do the music for my film?

With the greatest of pleasure.

The set'll be ready in half an hour.

A few last brush-strokes

and the painters are finished.


would you have a role for

an infantry officer?

No. Not at all.

Here's the camera,

that glutton for film.

Fitted with a large 6-plane lens,

it has no other purpose.

Make-up man!

Make-up man!

Make-up man!

Just a sec...I'm busy.

I'm playing an old woman.


Make me look older.

Say, boss...

you wouldn't have a role

for a Breton?

Wouldn't have a clue.

What are you doing?

- I'm drawing.

- Why are you drawing?

I am a draftsman.

What's your name?

- Penny.

- The doves man.


Keep going.

You draw wonderfully.

The electricians take their posts.

They climb up and down tirelessly,

working with precision.

They not only spread the light,

but position the shadows.

The director looks for

Ramet, the chief electrician.

Monsieur Ramet.

Would you introduce me

to your team?

I don't see them enough.

Give me 86 on the face over there.

Monsieur Flous.

Pleased to meet you.

Guy, my assistant.

Monsieur Dol and his assistant.

Thank you.

There wouldn't be a small role

for a priest?

Wouldn't have a clue.

What do you do?



Editor of what?

The film.

Ah, you must be Monsieur Rogier.

Delighted. Look forward to you

working with me.

Thanks in advance.

An order is passed on

by the administrator to Mr Leroux,

then to Monsieur Gire,

the assistant director,

then to Monsieur Forges,

the sound engineer,

finally to Claude Verya,

the script-girl,

and to the set designer,

and finally to Lpine,

the second assistant.

The unhappy actor

goes away disappointed.

There's nothing for him in this film.

Do you have an actor

to play the valet?

Get the colonel.

"The colonel"?

I suggest the priest.

- I'd say the Breton.

- Which one?

Come quickly.

We need you.

The poor guy didn't need to go home.

He's needed.

Franois, who are you waiting for?

Someone who's missing.

Here he is, your valet.

At your service, monsieur.

Everyone on set.

I'm coming to find you.

Now things really heat up.

Red light!



Red's on.

Roll film.

Yes, madame is here.

The same.

How are you?

I'm going to get

a huge surprise.

This very day.


I don't like that.

I don't like anonymous callers

promising surprises that don't bode well.

Do you like surprises?

I assure you I don't.

I don't like them...big or small.

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Sacha Guitry

Alexandre-Pierre Georges "Sacha" Guitry (French: [gitʁi]; 21 February 1885 – 24 July 1957) was a French stage actor, film actor, director, screenwriter, and playwright of the Boulevard theatre. He was the son of a leading French actor, Lucien Guitry, and followed his father into the theatrical profession. He became known for his stage performances, often in boulevardier roles, in the many plays he wrote, of which there were more than 120. He was married five times, always to rising actresses whose careers he furthered. Probably his best-known wife was Yvonne Printemps to whom he was married between 1919 and 1932. Guitry's plays range from historical dramas to contemporary light comedies. Some have musical scores, by composers including André Messager and Reynaldo Hahn. When silent films became popular Guitry avoided them, finding the lack of spoken dialogue fatal to dramatic impact. From the 1930s to the end of his life he enthusiastically embraced the cinema, making as many as five films in a single year. The later years of Guitry's career were overshadowed by accusations of collaborating with the occupying Germans after the capitulation of France in the Second World War. The charges were dismissed, but Guitry, a strongly patriotic man, was disillusioned by the vilification by some of his compatriots. By the time of his death his popular esteem had been restored to the extent that 12,000 people filed past his coffin before his burial in Paris. more…

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