• Short Summary

    The comedy film "The Chinese In Paris" ("Les Chinois a Paris") has opened at 33 cinemas in the French capital despite strong protests from the Embassy of The People's Republic of China that it made Chinese soldiers look like Nazi stormtroopers.

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    The comedy film "The Chinese In Paris" ("Les Chinois a Paris") has opened at 33 cinemas in the French capital despite strong protests from the Embassy of The People's Republic of China that it made Chinese soldiers look like Nazi stormtroopers.

    The Chinese Embassy in Paris issued a statement to newsmen warning that the film constituted a serious matter in relations between France and The People's Republic of China. According to French officials, Peking twice asked for the film to be banned. However, the French government replied that it could not intervene in a private production.

    The film depicts France under Chinese occupation and, according to the critics, it is the French rather than their conquerors who come off worst in it. Under the guidance of French film director Jean Yanne, the Chinese look completely bewildered among a French population depicted as cowards, gluttons, opportunists and sex-maniacs.

    Director Jean Yanne, whose earlier movies have been comic criticisms of the French advertising industry and trade unions, is using the Chinese in his latest film as a method of exposing his fellow citizens' alleged behaviour during the Nazi occupation of World War Two. Unfortunately, the gulf between Eastern and Western humour has widened even further with this film. French officials are still trying to convince the Chinese ambassador in Paris that the film was not made by the French government in collaboration with Jean Yanne.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA99AIJ6KW9I1PK6OA05VJXCTIR
    Media URN:
    VLVA99AIJ6KW9I1PK6OA05VJXCTIR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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