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Don't Touch the White Woman! (1974)

Touche pas à la femme blanche (original title)
A highly stylized surreal farce about the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand anachronistically reenacted in an urban renewal area in modern Paris.

Director:

Marco Ferreri
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais
Marcello Mastroianni ... George A. Custer
Michel Piccoli ... Buffalo Bill
Philippe Noiret ... Gen. Terry
Ugo Tognazzi ... Mitch
Alain Cuny ... Sitting Bull
Serge Reggiani ... The Mad Indian
Darry Cowl ... Major Archibald
Monique Chaumette ... Sister Lucie
Daniele Dublino ... Government Official
Henri Piccoli Henri Piccoli ... Sitting Bull's Father
Franca Bettoia ... Rayon de Lune (as Franca Bettoja)
Paolo Villaggio ... The CIA agent
Franco Fabrizi ... Tom (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Laurente Vedres Laurente Vedres ... (as Vedres et Boutang)
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Storyline

Director Mario Fererri reenacts the events leading up to the Battle of the Little Big Horn in this wild, highly stylized surreal farce set in and around a gaping excavation for a huge urban renewal project in 1974 Paris. The anachronistic backdrop highlights the incongruity of the broad comic characterizations of real life figures George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, and Buffalo Bill. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Western

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 January 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Touch the White Woman! See more »

Filming Locations:

Les Halles, Paris, France

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

The Mad Indian: It's your fauly, Sitting Bull. You sign peace treaties, and they wipe their asses with ourtreaties. They wipe their asses with them!
Sitting Bull: This is the soldier's fury. The wise President Nixon ignores all this, I hope.
The Mad Indian: They devastated our fields. Yes, our fields! They cut down our forests. Yes, our forests! They exterminated our game. Yes, our game! They poison us every day with their alcohol and their flour full of strychnine. But don't listen to me. I'm a madman! We are condemned to die on ...
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Connections

Edited into Marcello, una vita dolce (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Love Georgeann
Music by Philippe Sarde
Lyrics by Anne Lonnberg
Performed by Bob Martin
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Custer's last tango in Paris
20 July 2006 | by jotix100See all my reviews

Leave it to Marco Ferreri to decide to make this film in the pit that was created out of what had been Les Halles food market in the center of Paris. This was the site where the Pompidou Center was erected and now stands proudly, as though it was always had been there for all these years.

The director deals with a page of shame of American history as George Custer prepared, and later battled, the Indians in the battle of Little Big Horn that was his last stand as a military man. Where Marco Ferreri succeeds is in mixing the plot of the film with every day life of Paris in which most people didn't even bat an eye watching the invading Americans.

Mr. Ferreri was lucky in getting some familiar faces to play in his film. Thus, Marcello Mastroianni is seen as General Custer. Catherine Deneuve played the object of the general's affections. Ugo Tognazzi is great as Mitch. Michel Piccoli is bigger than life in his take of Buffalo Bill. Philippe Noiret, another excellent actor, plays Gen. Terry, and Serge Reggiani is seen as the mad Indian who runs in and out of most scenes wearing a loin cloth to cover a little bit of his nakedness.

The idea of staging this film in a construction site works well with the action in the movie thanks to a revolutionary idea by Marco Ferreri.


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