As Long As You're Healthy (Tant Qu'on A La Sante) (1966)
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Skimpy at just 68 minutes, "Tant Qu'on a la Sante" (commonly translated as "As Long as You're Healthy" or "As Long as You've Got Your Health") is another treat from the late Pierre Etaix, France's criminally underrated comedy genius. The film is divided into four separate stories of similar lengths. The first ("Insomnia") is the most stylized, with sleepless Etaix nervously reading a vampire novel in bed. As he reads, he twitches, sweats and imagines the story's action, depicted with a bluish tint. Meanwhile, various peripheral activities in his room (particularly the stirrings of his wife) stoke his fears. While the filmmaking is impressive (Etaix easily could have made a straight horror flick), the central concept -- a mere book practically paralyzing someone with terror -- is so over the top that the results are a bit of an eye roll. The second segment, "The Movies," is the funniest of the four, featuring gags about the quirks of a theater audience and still-timely humor about oppressive advertising and product placement. (A fake commercial about a multi-purpose "Omni Oil" that's part medicine, car treatment, hair tonic and salad dressing may have influenced a classic "Saturday Night Live" bit years later.) The titular third segment visits the chaos of metropolitan life, as people try to stay smiling through paralyzing traffic and crowded restaurants, while ubiquitous jack hammers rattle the neighborhood's home furnishings. Finally comes the less essential "Into the Woods No More." Moving to the farmlands, this sequence follows a clumsy hunter, a couple looking for a picnic spot and a farmer who can't keep his wire fence from repeatedly toppling.
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