La Belle Américaine (The American Beauty) (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

La Belle Américaine (The American Beauty) (1961)





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In this French variation on Mark Twain's Man with a Million story, a man's life is completely changed by the acquisition of a new car. Marcel, a Chaplainesque factory worker, sets out to buy an old motorcycle and ends up getting a new Cadillac convertible (the "beautiful American" of the title) for $100. He loses his job and suffers other misadventures, but is then amazed at how people treat him when they learn he owns the prestigious vehicle. Amusing little farce makes a few telling points about the pretensions of the very rich. ~ Michael P. Rogers, Rovi


Catherine Sola
as Isabelle Zoutin
Michel Serrault
as le clochard
Louis de Funès
as le secretaire du commissariat / le chef du personnel
Gilberte Geniat
as Mme. Zoutin
Roger Pierre
as Snob in Sports Car
Jean-Marc Thibault
as Effeminate Young Man
Bernard Lavalette
as Minister of Commerce
Annie Ducaux
as Mme. Lucanzas
Jean Carmet
as le malandrin
Jacques Charrier
as l'automobiliste
Pierre Dac
as le colonel
Jean Richard
as le serrurier
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Critic Reviews for La Belle Américaine (The American Beauty)

All Critics (2)

A fast and rollicking comedy from France.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The people are human beings, not grotesques; and there is the charm and gentle gaiety of the old René Clair comedies.

July 10, 2019 | Full Review…

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