Herbert Von Krantz, a nuclear scientist, has discovered the “Canceler”, a device capable of neutralizing any kind of atomic bomb. Concerned to keep his invention secret, he cuts himself off from the rest of the world in the company of his daughter Sylvaine and his assistant Yvan.
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4k, restored. What a heavy and frustrating rhapsody, no fun at all and quite pretentious. It's important to reavaliate the films that Chabrol directed from similar premises: the joke on spies' films, in particular the James Bond series that was already in vogue. Any comparison with Godard's "Alphaville" is misleading.
First of all, this spy film is a parody. But not like Get Smart or some slapstick shit. It has lots of intense hyperbolized scenes and Cold War caricatures, but with good taste and cinematographic style (like Alphaville perhaps). Parody hides under absurdity, not under some again and again overused 007 cliché. Example for wierdness of this film could expressed with Serge Gainsbourg as leader of french mercenaries.