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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

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Actors (29)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producers :

Societe des productions raimbourg, Star Presse

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Foreign production company :

Arco Film

French distribution :

Valoria Films

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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.

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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.

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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

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Feature film

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France, Italy

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Majority French (France, Italy)

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Runtime :

1 h 30 min

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