Candide according to Voltaire is a French film realized by Norbert Carbonnaux, release in 1961.

♦ Synopsis :

Transposed to XXE century, here the novel of Voltaire.

Charmer and innocent, Candide is vigorously driven out by the baron, to have tightened closely nice Cunégonde. Second World war burst, mobilized and been captive, the weather is constrained to take German nationality and finds itself to keep the camp where he was a prisoner.

It passes to Switzerland, but not having banking account, it is imprisoned during eight days for violation of territory. Tracked by Gestapo, it kills two men to deliver Cunégonde finally found. They flee both in Argentina and their turn of the world starts. With Paris, with Moscow, with New York, with Borneo or with Alexandria. They try to conform to the optimistic rule of life of Doctor Pangloss. Ballotés, separate, they are found out-of-date and assagis, not thinking more that to cultivate their garden in edge of the Mediterranean.

♦ Specification sheet :

  • Title : Candide
  • Realization : Norbert Carbonnaux
  • Scenario : According to the play of Voltaire
  • Adaptation : Norbert Carbonnaux
  • Dialogue : Norbert Carbonnaux, Albert Simonin
  • Production assistant : Georges Pellegrin, Valéry Ivanow
  • Images : Robert Lefebvre
  • Operator : Roger Delpuech, assisted of Gaston Muller
  • Music : Hubert Rostaing, (Éditions Robert Salvet)
  • Decorations : Jean Douarinou
  • Sound : Jean-Marie Bertrand
  • Perchman : René Boudrier
  • Editing : Paulette Robert, assisted of Nicole Daujat and Claire Giniewski
  • Script-girl : Martine Guillou
  • Wardrobe master : Pierre Noury
  • Leader make-up man : Pierre Berroyer
  • Make-up woman, Hairdresser : Janou Pottier
  • Dresser : Renée Rouzot
  • Property man : Marcel Balland
  • Drawings of connection : Bellus
  • Documentation : Frédéric Rossif, François Chalais
  • General manager : Charles Lahet
  • Outside manager : Roger Bar
  • Photographer of tray : Jean Klissak
  • Edition : Laboratory GTC of Joinville - Recording sound SPS - Mixing : SOR
  • Leader of production : Clément Duhour
  • Director of production : André Deroual
  • Production : CLM, New Society Pathé (France)
  • Distribution : Consortium Pathé
  • Duration : 88mn
  • Genre : comedy drama
  • First presentation the 16/12/1960
  • Visa of exploitation : 23626

♦ Distribution :

  • Louis de Funès : The officer of the Gestapo
  • Jean-Pierre Cassel : Candide
  • Pierre Brasseur : The doctor Pangloss
  • Daliah Lavi : Cunégonde, the girl of the baron
  • Nadia Gray : The lady's companion of Cunégonde
  • Michel Simon : The colonel Nanar
  • Jean Richard : The black marketer
  • Dario Moreno : Don Fernando, the first dictator
  • Luis Mariano : The second South American dictator
  • Jean Tissier : The doctor Jacques
  • Jacqueline Maillan : The puritanical mother
  • Jean Poiret : A policeman
  • Michel Serrault :A policeman
  • Albert Simonin : The chief warrant officer Simpson
  • Mathilde Casadesus : The baroness of Thunder-Ten-Trouck
  • Robert Manuel : All the German officers
  • Jean Constantin : The king Fourak
  • Don Ziegler : The dad gangster
  • O'dett : The baron Thunder-Ten-Trouck
  • Michel Garland : The brother of Cunégonde
  • Jacques Balutin : The prescription of the colonel
  • Gib Grossac : The leader of Eunuques
  • Michèle Verez : Paquerette, the maid of the baroness
  • Sybil Saulnier : A lady to the harem
  • Habib Benglia : The molested black
  • Mireille Alcon : A lady to the harem
  • Danielle Tissier : A lady to the harem
  • François Chalais : The commentator of the film
  • Harold Kay : An American officer
  • John William : The leader of "Oreillons"
  • Pierre Repp : The priest
  • Alice Sapritch : The sister of the baron
  • Maurice Biraud : The Dutchman of Bornéo
  • Michel Thomass : A Soviet driver
  • Dominique Just
  • Marcel Journet
  • Edy Sylvia

♦ Comments :

Critical sour and satire of the world, the film reviews the most significant subjects of the time : collaboration and those which benefitted from the war, death camps (one sees delegates of the Red Cross visiting a camp while a chimney of crematorium smokes with far), them in spite of us, colonial wars according to the Second World war, it Stalinism, "operations of maintenance of peace" carried out by The United States and it Soviet Union, segregation and it wearing of weapon in the United States.