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Don't Touch the White Woman! (1974)

Touche pas à la femme blanche (original title)
A highly stylized surreal farce about the events leading up to Custer's Last Stand anachronistically reenacted in an urban renewal area in modern Paris.

Director:

Marco Ferreri
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Marie-Hélène de Boismonfrais
Marcello Mastroianni ... George A. Custer
Michel Piccoli ... Buffalo Bill
Philippe Noiret ... Gen. Terry
Ugo Tognazzi ... Mitch
Alain Cuny ... Sitting Bull
Serge Reggiani ... The Mad Indian
Darry Cowl ... Major Archibald
Monique Chaumette ... Sister Lucie
Daniele Dublino ... Government Official
Henri Piccoli Henri Piccoli ... Sitting Bull's Father
Franca Bettoia ... Rayon de Lune (as Franca Bettoja)
Paolo Villaggio ... The CIA agent
Franco Fabrizi ... Tom (as Franco Fabrizzi)
Laurente Vedres Laurente Vedres ... (as Vedres et Boutang)
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Director Mario Fererri reenacts the events leading up to the Battle of the Little Big Horn in this wild, highly stylized surreal farce set in and around a gaping excavation for a huge urban renewal project in 1974 Paris. The anachronistic backdrop highlights the incongruity of the broad comic characterizations of real life figures George Armstrong Custer, Sitting Bull, and Buffalo Bill. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Comedy | Western

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Quotes

George A. Custer: [Talking about Buffalo Bill] That old fag was my scout for two years. He frequently took the wrong path.
[laughs]
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Connections

Referenced in The Games Women Play (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Falling in Love Again
(uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Hollaender
English lyrics by Samuel Lerner (1930)
Opening sung by Philippe Noiret
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Not just another ordinary version of the battle at Little Big Horn
4 April 2015 | by tony_le_stephanoisSee all my reviews

General George Custer can't wait to crush the Indians in Marco Ferreri's Touche Pas à la femme blanche. It's the only thing he can talk about. Meanwhile, he also falls in love with Marie-Hélène, who can't be touched by an Indian, especially Custer's informant. The informant awaits his moment.

Just another ordinary version of the battle between settlers and Indians at Little Big Horn? Far from it! The ever wayward filmmaker Marco Ferreri chose to film the battle of Little Big Horn at the place where Les Halles - the Parisian vegetable market - was taken down in 1974. In fact, it was actually taken down during the filming of this movie. The demolishers were probably rubbing their eyes in astonishment. Catherine Deneuve, right here, in this mess?

I enjoyed the movie immensely. All the actors wear the same deadpan expressions as if they really are blind to the fact that they are acting out a traditional western story in a modern setting. Unlike in Les Visiteurs, no jokes about the confrontation with modernity. The characters just do not seem to see it, as if they live in another dimension. It creates many brilliant moments, such as when a cannon is fired and a building collapses. Or if Custer points to a Coca-Cola advertisement and says: "My wife."


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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

23 January 1974 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Touch the White Woman! See more »

Filming Locations:

Les Halles, Paris, France

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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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