Sun 2 Dec

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies

Cert. 12A

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Comedies Made in France

OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d'espions

100 mins

in French with EN subs

FRA | 2008 | dir. Michel Hazanavicius, with Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Béjo, Aure Atika, Philippe Lefèbvre

Jean Dujardin is Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, alias agent OSS 117, the master weapon to diffuse – often in spite of his ineptitude – the tensions in the spies nest that has become the city of Cairo in 1955. Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) offers here a blithe and witty send-up not only of spy films of that era and the suave secret agent figure but also neo-colonialism, ethnocentrism and the very idea of Western covert action in the Middle East.

See also the Comedy Genius season at the BFI until 31 January 2019

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