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142 Ratings

The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe

Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire

Directed by Yves Robert
France, 1972


A frothy French farce, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe is a classic madcap comedy about espionage, surveillance and mistaken identity. When Francois (Pierre Richard), an unsuspecting violinist, is misidentified as a superspy by national intelligence, outrageous antics ensue.

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The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe Directed by Yves Robert

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

1973 | Winner: Silver Berlin Bear

National Board of Review

1973 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

Critics reviews

From the sleight of hand card trickery that plays out under its opening credits to its hilariously enacted case of intentionally-mistaken identity, the film is an increasing volley of duplicity and modified perception. But it’s more than just what happens in the film. This 1972 spy movie send-up is itself a cleverly crafted ruse, a straight-faced farce that incorporates most everything one associates the cinematic sub-genre and slyly points out the subtle silliness inherent in its recurrent conventions.
November 17, 2016
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Mr. Robert, a former nightclub performer who died in 2002, casts himself as François and company’s frustrated conductor. His cameo is more than appropriate. Briskly paced and exceedingly droll, “The Tall Blond Man” is nothing if not well orchestrated.
August 26, 2015
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