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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


    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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    Warner Bros. (France)

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    Full credits (13)

    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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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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    Production formats :

    35mm - 35mm

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    Black & White

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    Posters (3)



    Prix Jean Vigo - 1962

    Prix Jean Vigo (France, 1962)


    Jean Vigo Award : Yves Robert