French Bond Farce More
Fun Than Casino Royale

Cannes' Labyrinth


What were my favorite films in Cannes this year? The first is a guilty pleasure and
one of the year’s biggest French box-office hits. Michel Hazanavicius’ OSS 117 is
the Gallic AUSTIN POWERS, albeit subtler, more sophisticated, very funny and ’50s-
period perfect with back-projection to match. Based on the still-popular Jean Bruce
international espionage stories (five films produced in the post-007 ’60s), it stars
current French superstar Jean Dujardin as the dapper spy, up to his racist colonial
neck in Cairo fleshpots. The mambo lounge soundtrack is fabulous, and I don’t
think CASINO ROYALE will be half as much fun.