January 27, 2024
Le Grand Amour by Pierre Etaix featured in the American Cinematheque series ‘Let Me Play the Buffoon’
Despite having a loving and patient wife at home, a good-natured suit-and-tie man, played by writer-director Pierre Étaix, finds himself hopelessly attracted to his gorgeous new secretary in this gently satirical tale of temptation. From this simple, standard premise, Étaix weaves a constantly surprising web of complexly conceived jokes. LE GRAND AMOUR is a cutting, nearly Buñuelian takedown of the bourgeoisie that somehow doesn’t have a mean bone in its body. 87 Min, in French with English subtitles, 35mm, France, 1969, Janus Films.