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(1965) In a humungous, luxurious chateau, an elephant reaches in a window to carry out a little boy in clown make-up. “Mon fils?” asks bored lord of the manor Etaix in a title card — for this brilliant opening is done silent, with only eccentric sound effects and bits of music — and with the Crash and the coming of sound, he goes off with the boy and his circus equestrienne lost love on their half-ring circus. Years later, as the grownup son Yoyo (also Etaix), now a star himself, even on TV, reopens the mansion for a jam-packed party, he realizes what he’s been missing. Approx. 96 min. 35mm.
"AN EFFERVESCENT EPIC whose narrative structure is tied to the eras of silent cinema, talking pictures and television, [Etaix] plays both a millionaire and his adult son, Yoyo. In a hilarious scene that evokes pre-Code Hollywood, a flapper lasciviously unbuttons his spats while he puffs distractedly on a cigarette. Yoyo celebrates true love and creative freedom. It's also a valentine to cinema, incorporating allusions to the work of artists ranging from Groucho Marx to Federico Fellini."
– Kristin Jones, The Wall Street Journal
“Mr. Etaix is a master of subtle mimicry, and he plays all sorts of charming little incidents with great sensitivity and wit…. In scores of little details, he shreds pomposity and social arrogance to bits.”
– The New York Times
“Etaix has just enough astringency to keep sentimentality at bay, and his mastery of the sight gag amply justifies Jerry Lewis’ enthusiasm for the film, which is singularly beautifully shot by Jean Boffety.”
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)