Christmas on the Prairie


A rather witty image from Christian-Jaques’ daffy LES PETROLEUSES, which also includes such endearing sights as French cowboys drinking beaujolais out of beer mugs.

12 Responses to “Christmas on the Prairie”

  1. Known in the U.S. as The Legend of Frenchie King it teams Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale — much like Malle’s Viva Maria teamed Bardot and Jeanne Moreau. This time the beauties have a man between them. Yes, it’s the only man capable of handling both Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale. . . .Michael J. Pollard

  2. And a fine fellow he is.

    This film also has the good sense to throw in a clothes-ripping catfight between its two stars, before they make up and ride off into the sunset.

  3. Speaking of cowboys, I am reminded of one of my favourite films, the charming and melancholic Monte Walsh, directed by William Fraker. Great performances from Lee Marvin, Jack Palance and Jeanne Moreau.

  4. I haven’t seen it. Love Fraker as cameraman though. What reminded you?

    Interesting that French gals are judged acceptable in westerns, whereas acknowledging the many other immigrant races is deemed revisionist or something. Huppert in Heaven’s Gate is considered not worth talking about, but lots of critical ink was spilled about the slavic characters.

    When Richard Lester filled the soundtrack of Butch and Sundance: The Early Days with foreign chatter, the studio took it out.

    And yet, where did all these white folks COME from?

  5. I’d guess that this is an image unique in the history of cinema, candles on cactus. Your previous post on this film is one that introduced me to your blog early on, and is on my list of absolute must-sees, everything about this film tells me that it’s daffiness on a grand scale, and something of a gem for that reason.

  6. It is endearingly loopy.

  7. Happy Christmas everyone and heres to an endearingly loopy New Year!

  8. You said it, pardner!

  9. It’s so Swayze, it’s crazy! Dirty Dancing Round the Christmas Tree!

    Fiona loves those robots, but she’s more of a Mike Nelson gal.

  10. “Or we’ll rip your throat out and kick you in the ear.”
    Yes, I do love those robots but not as much as I love Mr Michael J Nelson. (despite the fact he’s gone a bit chunky of late)

  11. Plus I like Tom Servo’s festive snow globe head.

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