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Chicken Feed for Little Birds

Chicken Feed for Little Birds

A Feature film by Marcel Carné

Produced by CICC Films Borderie

Release in France : 15/02/1963

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Actors (25)

Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

CICC Films Borderie

Foreign production company :

Variety film

French distribution :

SN Prodis

Associate producer :

Champs-Élysées Production

Film exports/foreign sales :



Monsieur Armand appears to be a respectable man and is the owner of a large house in Paris.  He is in fact a gangster who bought the house with money from a hold-up a few years back.  He keeps the rest of the money hidden in a room full of birds and rents out the other rooms to various tenants. Mademoiselle Lucie works in a cabaret.  She loves money, which she obtains by playing the part of mistress to Louis the butcher.  The money that Louis gives her soon finds its way to her other lover, an Italian who is too lazy to work.  Meanwhile, Louis’s wife Antoinette has her eye on his money, which she needs to buy a guitar for Jojo, the young man who works for Louis and to whom she is obviously attracted.  Finally, there is is Mademoiselle Pain, an old woman in a wheelchair who pretends she cannot walk and makes up stories about money she has hidden somewhere in the house.  When Mlle Pain dies, the police are suspicious and pay more than one visit to M. Armand...
© Willems Henri (Brussels, Belgium)

Full credits (19)

Assistant Director :

Jacques Corbel

Author of original work :

Albert Simonin

Screenwriters :

Marcel Carné, Jacques Sigurd

Sound Recordist :

William-Robert Sivel

Camera Operator :

Gilbert Chain

Editor :

Albert Jurgenson

Continuity supervisor :

Colette Robin

Music Composers :

Charles Aznavour, Georges Garvarentz

Costume designer :

Antoine Mayo

Location manager :

Margot Capelier

Dialogue Writer :

Jacques Sigurd

Producers :

Raymond Borderie, Jules Borkon

Director of Photography :

Jacques Natteau

Assistant Operator :

Max Lechevallier

Production Manager :

Pierre Laurent

Assistant editor :

Janine Oudoul

Art Director :

Jean-Jacques Caziot

Production Designer :

Jacques Saulnier

Still Photographer :

Walter Limot

Technical details

Feature film

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Coproducer countries :

France, Italy

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Nationality :

Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

1 h 47 min

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Color type :

Black & White

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