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Josefa's Loot - Poster France

Josefa's Loot

A Feature film by Claude Autant-Lara

Produced by Societe des productions raimbourg, Star Presse

Release in France : 02/10/1963

    Synopsis

    Josefa is an Italian immigrant operating a small grocery store in France. The people of the town are indifferent to her until they hear a rumor that she will receive an inheritance from an American gangster relative. Everyone in town treats her with respect over her impending financial windfall.

    Source : allmovie.com

     

    Actors (29)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Societe des productions raimbourg, Star Presse

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Télédis

    Foreign production company :

    Arco Film

    French distribution :

    Valoria Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country

    Subject

    Review

    This bucolic French comedy is a latter-day (but very minor) work by a renowned film-maker – despite utilizing the services of his legendary in-house screen writing duo of Jean Aurenche and Pierre Bost – as much adept at serious subjects as droll ones. The female lead here is an Italian shopkeeper – played by a typically shrill Anna Magnani – who is thought to be wealthy (even by her own crooked offspring living in Paris) due to her former association with a gangster, but is actually penniless (though she still contrives to present the local curate with a juke-box!). In fact, the boy conspires with another man (popular comic Bourvil, in his third and last film with the director) to fleece the woman of her money after the latter claims to have been involved in a car accident with Magnani's son!; needless to say, the indomitable lady will have nothing to do with Bourvil, so he turns for help to the Mayor (Pierre Brasseur, in his second of three films with Autant-Lara) – who, as it happens, is the boy's real father even if Magnani cannot stand him! To complicate matters further, the woman has her hands full trying to keep rowdy, drunken patrons at bay – which eventually leads to the most vociferous (and irritating) among them to incite the others to break into Magnani's shop while she is away and accidentally burn it down! Having confessed to Bourvil her predicament, the two become friends (she even forgives her son's impertinence on learning that he is a talented, if still struggling, lyricist – with Bourvil supplying the music and vocals to the songs himself!) and, eventually, they leave town together. Ultimately, while the material at hand is clearly unworthy of its stars and director, the film emerges as a harmless (if rather dim) diversion for their fans.

    Source : IMDb

    Full credits (17)

    Assistant directors :

    Michel Pezin, Ghislaine Autant-Lara

    Producers :

    Bourvil, Claude Autant-Lara, Ghislaine Autant-Lara, Alfredo Bini

    Director of Photography :

    Jacques Natteau

    Assistant Operator :

    Roger Tellier

    Production managers :

    Yves Laplanche, Eliseo Boschi

    Assistant editor :

    Madeleine Guérin

    Art Director :

    Jacques Douy

    Production Designer :

    Max Douy

    Location managers :

    Jacques Pignier, Chantal Larouette-Debelmas

    Dialogue Writers :

    Jean Aurenche, Bernard Dimey

    Screenwriters :

    Jean Aurenche, Pierre Bost

    Sound Recordist :

    Gérard Brisseau

    Camera Operator :

    Gilbert Chain

    Editor :

    Madeleine Gug

    Continuity supervisor :

    Madeleine Billeaud

    Music Composer :

    René Cloerec

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Nény

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Comedy

    Themes :

    Fraud

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Italy

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (France, Italy)

    Production year :

    1963

    French release :

    02/10/1963

    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    27314

    Visa issue date :

    04/09/1963

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Black & White

    Aspect ratio :

    2.35

    Audio format :

    Mono

    Rating restrictions :

    None

    Posters (1)

    Director