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Touche pas à la femme blanche (Don't Touch the White Woman!) (1974)

Touche pas à la femme blanche (Don't Touch the White Woman!) (1974)





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Europe's "Master of Bad Taste" Marco Ferreri skewers the American notion of manifest destiny in this paradoxical black comedy while simultaneously providing barbed commentary on the mid-'70s political issues faced by the US.
Art House & International , Comedy , Western
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Marcello Mastroianni
as George Armstrong Custer
Catherine Deneuve
as Marie-Helene de Boismonfrais
Michel Piccoli
as Buffalo Bill
Alain Cuny
as Sitting Bull
Serge Reggiani
as Mad One
Danielle Dublino
as Daughter
Darry Cowl
as Archibald
Franca Bettoja
as Rayon De Lune
Henri Piccoli
as Father
Paolo Villaggio
as The CIA agent
Marco Ferreri
as The reporter
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Critic Reviews for Touche pas à la femme blanche (Don't Touch the White Woman!)

All Critics (2)

It is so gloriously unconvincing, so utterly absurd, that it achieves a kind of greatness.

Full Review… | July 25, 2009
Movie Metropolis

A sure candidate for the worst movie ever made...

Full Review… | July 20, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Touche pas à la femme blanche (Don't Touch the White Woman!)

Of all the screen versions of Custer's Cosmic Comeuppance, "Don't Touch the White Woman!" is easily the most surreal in its giddy satire of the old west transposed to the streets of modern day Paris. Marco Ferreri directs in a blithely anarchic spirit(the Indians realize their full power in collective action) but still deadly serious when it comes to the crimes of the era. The Indians under the leadership of Sitting Bull(Alain Cuny) are trapped in a building site. The railroad interests conspire with Pinkerton(Paolo Villaggio), claiming to be an anthropology professor, looking on in casual modern dress.(I don't have to explain the significance of that name, do I?) They bribe General Terry(Philippe Noiret) with railroad bonds which he gives to his daughter(Daniele Dublino) as a wedding present. They want him to clear out the land so they can exploit it. He in turn employs General Custer(Marcello Mastroianni) to run field operations who is in competition with Buffalo Bill(Michel Piccoli) for top billing. The movie successfully connects these events to present day imperialism, not only in the United States but also in France. Nixon is the President and his face can be seen everywhere while Pinkerton has places to be and governments to be overthrown.

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

A scathing mixed historical retelling of the American genocide and the Battle of Little Big Horn. Leave it to the French to point out that racism in America and manifest destiny all fell neatly between the lily thighs of white women - the title's admonishment is one of the supposed prime movers in Custer's Last Stand. Much like Cox's WALKER, the timeline and modern tropes (namely the magnetic eyes of President Nixon) that intrude seem to justify the community theater re-enactment and staging. The "surrealism" feels a bit forced and the movie drags on with its few points (American Imperialism is arrogant and stupid, therefore easily defeated) made over and over again before we are rewarded with some gore effects and a very dusty fight. The cast is great, if under used. This movie made Noelle so mad she had to take a bath.

R.John Xerxes
R.John Xerxes

This rating is for the omplete originality, audacity and craziness of this film. I picked this up on a lark while browsing my local film rental store and noticed they had just acquires a box set of the driector Marco Ferriri. I had never heard of him and the titles in the collection seemed very strange. I picked this one up because I was bored by the regular Hollywood offerings and I was at least hoping to be surprised. My wish was granted! An experimental Italian director, makes a film about American Empire, in the streets of Paris, the characters dressed in period clothing, while the background is contemporar Paris, and the extras are filled by leading actors of the time. The two leads are Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve. It is a farce, it is unbelievable chaotic and at times ridiculous--but it is a wicked critique of empire then and now. Could this film be made now (think of the troubles surrounding Southland Tales)?

Thivai Abhor
Thivai Abhor

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