Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Alternate title: The Man from Acapulco
France/Italy, 1973. Les Films Ariane, Mondex Films, Cerito Films, Oceania Produzioni Internazionali Cinematografiche, Rizzoli Film. Screenplay by Philippe de Broca, Vittorio Caprioli, Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Cinematography by Rene Mathelin. Produced by Jean-Paul Belmondo, Georges Dancigers, Alexandre Mnouchkine. Music by Claude Bolling. Production Design by Francois de Lamothe. Film Editing by Henri Lanoe.
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.