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Delusions of Grandeur (1971) ( La Folie des grandeurs ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) [ Blu-Ray, Reg.A/B/C Import - France ]


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  • Actors: Louis de Funes, Yves Montand
  • Language: English (DTS-HD 2.0), French (DTS-HD 2.0)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EN2SN2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #480,194 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Definitely a classic!
Shimada Bryant
They must not want to sell this movie to those of us who need subtitles.
Chanfrancisco
Very different stories but both so funny.
S.B.R

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S.B.R on March 16, 2007
Format: DVD
I grew up watching all of the Louis de Funes movies. I had watched this particular one just a few years ago and although I didn't remember the entire plot, I remembered I had still liked it. I was not disappointed. I laughed from beginning to end. There are so many priceless witty lines. Some might find the story goofy but it is meant as pure entertainment. Of course much is lost through translation and the subtitles sometimes did no do justice to the original script. But my husband who is not fluent in French liked it too. Louis de Funes is such a "physical" actor: you just look at him and you laugh! I love this movie. It goes side by side with "The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob" another favorite. Very different stories but both so funny. I highly recommend this movie and I'm very happy it was finally available in NTSC format.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ardeal VINE VOICE on May 31, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The main reason I bought this DVD is Louis De Funes. He's always funny and refreshing. He's a type of '70s European Jim Carey who knows how to use his facial expression to achieve maximum success in his comedies. The plot is relatively simple - A finance minister in 16th-17th century Spain loses his position and tries to win it back by taking revenge on those who are responsible for this. His plan may work better than expected in some areas...

Video Quality is quite good and it is an anamorphic widescreen format. One of the few Louis de Funes DVD-s available in the US. Keep them coming...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Galina on April 23, 2009
Format: DVD
I've seen many comedies with Luis De Funes and have been his fan as long as I can remember. His participation in a movie promises good time, plenty of physical comedy, funny mess of grandiose proportions and up roaring laughs. He was "The man with the forty faces per minute", the little volcano or small but powerful dynamo machine whose energy could supply electricity to a town of the average size , whose hilarious hyperactivity, perfect for a comic ever-changing face, and the ego of gigantic size in such miniature frame always produced a highly comic effect. All his trademarks are in full display in the updated version of the tragedy by Victor Hugo Ruy Blas, La folie des grandeurs (1971) or Delusions of Grandeur. Ruy Blaze has been adapted to the screen several times including 1948 film with Jean Mairet and 2002 version with Gerard Depardieu. Oury's film formally follows the Hugo story but with De Funes in the cast, you would not expect it to be a serious political drama, and you will be absolutely right. The film takes place in 17th century Spain and centers around a practical joke played on the queen of Spain by Don Salluste de Bazan, the rich, greedy and backstabbing tax collector for revenge. Don Salluste disguises his servant Blaze (Ives Montand) as a nobleman and takes him to the king's court. Attractive, funny, and suave, Blaze saves the king from the bomb, becomes popular, is appointed a tax collector instead of Salluste, and conquers the queen's heart. Don Salluste returns to take his revenge by notifying the king with the anonymous letter about queen's infidelity.Read more ›
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 12, 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Loved it! I've seen this movie many times when I was younger and it still makes me laugh. Does not get old. Great picture and sound quality too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chanfrancisco on April 9, 2012
Format: DVD
After a summer's evening, the coach of Don Sallust, all-powerful Minister of His Majesty the King of Spain, galloping on a dusty road in Andalusia. Behind him, bringuebale by bumps in the road, his valet Blaze, a tall good-natured and clever, is indignant at the rapacity of his master. Queen gets the return of the King and the exile of the unpopular minister. Stripped, sent back, forfeit, ruin, Sallust imagine a diabolical plot to avenge the Queen.

They must not want to sell this movie to those of us who need subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gayle S. Ataceri on March 22, 2008
Format: DVD
We're Louis De Funes fans so when I got the chance to view this, I grabbed it. Louis De Funes plays a pompous, money obsessed Spanish "Grandee" (court nobleman). In one early scene, his valet wakens him with the sound of gold ducats pouring into a bowl by his bedside. De Funes' character smiles and signals for him to keep up with the beautiful music. Soon he falls from grace and, in a twist of events, his valet Blaze takes his place at court. De Funes' character plots revenge.

This is a silly comedy in which De Funes' comic genius takes center stage. The kids all loved it and I didn't find the material objectionable. There is a theme of infidelity, however, as the valet is in love with the queen and she agrees to a clandestine meeting. But none of the explicit sexual humor or scenees that are standard fare in today's comedies.

Our favorite De Funes movies still are Gendarme a San Tropez, Gendarme in Retirement and Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob. But this is one is still a good evening of comedy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shimada Bryant on September 3, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is hilarious! I just wish the DVD I ordered had sub-titles. There were not any French sub-titles even available. I have seen this movie before but with French sub-titles so I understood more. Regardless if you speak French - this movie is comedy. Definitely a classic!
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