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The Gardener of Argenteuil (1966)

Le jardinier d'Argenteuil (original title)
Under his daring look of flower lover and naive painter, Father Tulipe is a counterfeiter who only makes small cuts to improve his ordinary.


Alphonse Boudard (dialogue), Alphonse Boudard | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Gabin ... Le père Tulipe M. Martin
Liselotte Pulver ... Hilda
Pierre Vernier ... Noël
Alfred Adam Alfred Adam ... L'homme en robe de bure (Le nouveau Noé)
Noël Roquevert ... Le patron du restaurant
Jean Tissier ... Albert
Mary Marquet ... Dora
Curd Jürgens ... Le Baron Edouard de Santis
Jeanne Fusier-Gir Jeanne Fusier-Gir ... L'Altesse
Serge Gainsbourg ... Patrick Gérard
Claude Nicot Claude Nicot ... Le patron d'Hilda
Rellys ... Le cocher (as Henri Rellys)
Katrin Schaake ... Patricia
Edmond Ardisson ... Un gendarme
Géo Beuf Géo Beuf
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Under his daring look of flower lover and naive painter, Father Tulipe is a counterfeiter who only makes small cuts to improve his ordinary.

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Happy times when the banker's cards were not used .
24 January 2020 | by ulicknormanowenSee all my reviews

Jean-Paul Le Chanois ,as anyone French cine buff past infancy should know,was the main Bête Noire of the New Wavelet;their simplistic put down overlooked his good movies,and the good ones are worthy of of investigation:if one can forget his failed " Les Misérables" and his sixties mediocre stuff,it is to his neglected worthwhile works that any fair review must address itself: "Messieurs Ludovic" ,"Sans Laisser D'Adresse" "Agence Matrimoniale""les évadés" ,even "le cas du docteur laurent" and his marvelous "Ecole Buissonnière" ,an effort every teacher of the world should see.;

In the sixties,though , this gardener is a minor but endearing final effort ;for Le Chanois was about to call it a day though he had still twenty years to live . Lovely filmed ,with sparkling colors, it depicts a place where time stood still : a suburb of Paris, with its gardens where Monsieur Tulipe grows flowers ,its cafés and its quietness,soon to be disturbed by the arrival of appartment buildings ;and a cinema which stood still too, deaf to the Nouvelle Vague's so called innovations -which often weren't :filming on location was used as soon as the silent age .

Monsieur Tulipe leads a peaceful life till the government claims arrears on his taxes .He does not work in a honest way : although he is a talented painter,it's a cover for shady business;" I've been in that business since I was born,says he,false good marks at school ,false furloughs in the army ,false papers during WW2-you can't blame me at all for that- and now forged banknotes" .

And then begins a very funny comedy ,devoid of vulgarity -as the "films guide "claims - : you should see the gardener ,on the First of May , buying a lily of the valley sprig to get some "honest " change ;or his godson's fiancé paying a fine to the gendarmes with a big forged banknote ;this banknote will pass from hand to hand .There's the rub: the smart fiancé urges her future husband to egg on his godfather to expand this lucrative business.

I would tone it down for Curd Jurgens' interventions: the "happening" on this playboy's luxury yatch displays a desire to be groovy ,trendy and the casino is a hackneyed trick.These scenes get in the way .But do not miss singer-songwriter extraordinaire Serge Gainsbourg -who also wrote the (indifferent) score- cast as a hip photographer.

But the ending ,as a precedent user has already pointed it out, makes up for it ; forget the highbrows, and do not deny yourself a good moment of fun.Grumpy Gabin is true to form and Liselotte Pulver is up to scratch.

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Release Date:

7 October 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Blüten, Gauner und die Nacht von Nizza See more »

Filming Locations:

Argenteuil, Val-d'Oise, France See more »

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2.35 : 1
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