(out of 5)
Alternate title: The Man from Acapulco
Out-of-control craziness with Jean-Paul Belmondo as a wheezing, reclusive adventure author whose fantasies of being a buff, international spy feed the creation of his incredibly popular serialized novels. The adventures upon which his protagonist is sent are seen played out to loopy perfection under Philippe de Broca’s insane direction, his muse the beautiful woman (Jacqueline Bisset) who lives across his building’s courtyard, in real life dressed in sweaters and spectacles but in the fantasy sections is bodacious perfection in skimpy dresses. By the time you get to the end, where fiction and fantasy commingle, you will have absolutely no idea what’s going on, but the film maintains a breezy charm that makes it likeable no matter how ridiculous it becomes. Plus, the two leads are endlessly charming, Belmondo wimsomely funny and Bisset never more viciously sexy.
Directed by Philippe De Broca
Cinematography by Rene Mathelin
Music by Claude Bolling
Production Design by Francois de Lamothe
Film Editing by Henri Lanoe