OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies details
|Starring:||Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Aure Atika, Philippe Lefebvre, Constantin Alexandrov, Said Amadis, Laurent Bateau, Claude Brosset, François Damiens, Youssef Hamid, Khalid Maadour|
|Genres:||Action/Adventure - Thriller, Drama, World Cinema - French|
|Studio:||Fusion Media Sales|
OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
|Run time:||1 hour 39 minutes|
|Rental release:||23 Feb 2009|
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Ca - Ca - Cairo!By a customer from London , 07 Jan 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]So what's new about a 007 spoof, you might ask? After all, we've had Austin Powers, Get Smart among others. However, OSS-117 doesn't target the usual areas of cat stroking villains, silly gadgets and sci-fi missile bases. Rather, it sends up the sheer chauvinism of those early movies, as well as the cinematography and style, by viewing the early films through today's PC mentality.
Watch Jean Dujardin as he enters a casino with Sean Connery's mannerism down pat: the adjusting of the cuff links, the nonchalant straightening and smoothing down of the tie, the swaggering, steely gait as women turn to admire him. It's uncanny, and you come to realise just how much of Bond in the Sixties was Connery's creation and not really Ian Fleming's character.
The cinematography is a nod to those early adventures, and the movie mainly spoofs From Russia With Love and Thunderball. The main joke is how chauvinistic the hero is, not just in terms of sexism but nationalism and colonialism, and how he puts noses out of joint when he is sent to Egypt.
It's not perfect - about 20 mins in it seems a one-joke movie and bits of it remind one of spoofs of the day, of which there were plenty. Morcecambe and Wise's The Intelligence Men had suspect-looking men in fez's tailing the leads, and that's going back a bit. There's no funny or serious villain, like Mike Myers' Dr Evil or Ricardo Montalban's Naked Gun nemesis, for the hero to go up against.
But the scene where OSS117 wakes up in Cairo one morning had me laughing out loud and the whole thing looks wonderful. It's a Bond spoof without falling into the mad scientist/Ken Adam sets or funny gadgets routine. Throughly recommended.
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A comedy without,erm,the comedy.By emperor10 (203 reviews) from newcastle upon tyne , 08 Jan 2013Visually, this looks great, exactly like a Bond film from the sixties. But thats it. The comedy is dire,inane sometimes. I just couldnt watch,turned off after a good 20 minutes trying.
For those who only know The ArtistBy a customer , 12 Jul 2012Fun but I would say that a certain amount of teh visual humour is lost by having to read the subtitles...my fault for not speaking French really
A spy who is easy on the eye..By a customer , 10 Jun 2012Having fallen in love with the divinely handsome Jean Dujardin after watching The Artist I thought I would see some of his other films. OSS 117: Cairo Nest of Spies was a curious mix part Get Smart (a Classic TV series of the 1960s starring Don Adams. This gives my age away!), part Inspector Clouseau. Somehow it didnt quite work for me. Perhaps French humour is different from British or something, as they say, was lost in translation. Never mind Jean Dujardin is easy on the eye so it was worth it anyway.
More Inspector Clouseau than James Bond!By CroxleyCynic (5 reviews) from Rickmansworth , 29 Feb 2012I really enjoyed this film it had all the elements that a great spy film should have, beautiful women, great cars and fantastic locations (all be it on blue screen) all this rolled up in one gag filled film following the exploits of one really self-obsessed, incompetent, chauvinistic but very likeable spy OSS 117
First Sketch by The ArtistBy manonfireuk (301 reviews) from Liverpool , 28 Feb 2012This was funny in places and they've got the 1960's style of a spy movie spot on but I think something was lost in translation and it wasn't as funny as it first looked in the trailer to the movie I saw.
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