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War of the Buttons

War of the Buttons

A Feature film by Yves Robert

Produced by Zazi Films , Les Productions de la Guéville

Release in France : 18/04/1962

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In this anti-war comedy, a class of French schoolboys divides into two factions who begin to battle each other, with the victors claiming the buttons off the clothes of the vanquished. One day, some of the boys pull a strategic coup by running into battle naked, therefore leaving their enemies nothing to steal. However, after this stunning victory, one of their number turns traitor to the other side, helping them plot a secret attack that leaves the recent champions in defeat. The informer is eventually found out and punished for his crimes, so he takes the matter to a higher authority and tells his parents he's been beaten up by bullies. Soon Mom and Dad are making trouble for their son's schoolmates, with the culprits facing a stay in juvenile hall.

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Assistant director :

Patricia Finaly

Sound Recordist :

Pierre Calvet

Assistant Operator :

Jean Castagnier

Production Manager :

Léon Carré

Continuity supervisor :

Colette Crochot

Music Composer :

José Berghmans

Location Manager :

Michel Choquet

Producers :

Yves Robert, Danièle Delorme, Léon Carré

Sound assistants :

Maurice Dagonneau, Jacques Gérardot

Camera Operator :

Raymond Letouzey

Editor :

Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte

Production Designers :

André Bac, Pierre-Louis Thevenet

Still Photographer :

Marcel Bouguereau

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Feature film

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Childhood, Monde rural

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100% French

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1 h 30 min

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35mm - 35mm

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Black & White

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