Candide or The Optimism in the 20th Century (1960)

1962-11-19 (US) Comedy 1h 28m
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Charming and innocent, Candide is vigorously chased away by the Baron, for his close encounters with the pretty Cunégonde. World War II breaks out, and when he is drafted and taken prisoner, he is forced to take German nationality and ends up guarding the camp where he was imprisoned. He crossed into Switzerland, but as he had no bank account, he was incarcerated for eight days for trespassing. Hunted by the Gestapo, he kills two men to free Cunégonde, who has finally been found. They both flee to Argentina, and their world tour begins. In Paris, Moscow, New York, Borneo and Alexandria. They try to follow Dr. Pangloss' optimistic rule of life. Tossed about, separated, they find themselves grown old and wiser, thinking only of cultivating their garden on the shores of the Mediterranean.

  1. Norbert Carbonnaux


  2. Voltaire


Top Billed Cast

  1. Jean-Pierre Cassel

    Jean-Pierre Cassel


  2. Daliah Lavi

    Daliah Lavi


  3. Pierre Brasseur

    Pierre Brasseur


  4. Louis de Funès

    Louis de Funès

    Officier de la Gestapo

  5. Michel Simon

    Michel Simon

    Colonel Nanar, du cadre de réserve

  6. Jean Poiret

    Jean Poiret

    Le premier policier / Policeman

  7. Michel Serrault

    Michel Serrault

    Le second policier / Policeman

  8. Jean Tissier

    Jean Tissier

    Le docteur Jacques

  9. Luis Mariano

    Luis Mariano

    Un dictateur sud américain / South American Dictator

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Original Title Candide ou l’optimisme au XXᵉ siècle

Status Released

Original Language French

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