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real name Fernand Joseph D?sir? Contandin. 1903--71, French comic film actor



(stage name of Fernan-Joseph-Désiré Contandin). Born May 8, 1903, in Marseille; died Feb. 26, 1971, in Paris. French film actor.

After beginning his career on the variety stage, appearing in music-hall revues and operettas, Fernandel first performed in films in the early 1930’s. He acted in numerous motion pictures (not all of which are artistically significant), playing the comic role of a charming simpleton, a dauntless loser. Outright slapstick characterized most of his films, including Squadron Fun (1932) and Casimir (1950). In a number of films, however, Fernandel was attracted to dramatic, psychologically complex roles, for example, in The Dance Card (1937), Topaz (1950), The Law Is the Law (1958), and The Devil and the Ten Commandments (1962).

Fernandel’s humor is closely linked with traditional French theater, especially the farce and fair theater, as well as with the folk types of Provence.


Chernenko, M. Fernandel’. Moscow, 1968.
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Jacques Becker y a tourne son Ali Baba (1954) avec Fernandel.
The exquisite elegance of Proust is certainly valid for its formal beauty as well as its emotional and intellectual truths; but the Provencal dialect of Pagnol, especially when spoken by Fernandel, testifies to another nation which is also France.
3) After his first novels, Le cose non sono le cose (Ravenna: Fernandel, 1999) and Bassotuba non c'e (Rome: Derive Approdi, 1999; Einaudi, 2000), Paolo Nori moved to Einaudi, Stile Libero for his series on Learco Ferrari--Spinoza (2000), Diavoli (2001), Grandi ustionati (2001), Si chiama Francesca, questo romanzo (2002), and later to Feltrinelli with Gli scarti (2003), Pancetta (2004), and Ente nazionale della cinematografia popolare (2005).
And it must have been in one of the columns I missed that there appeared a phrase quoted in the Correio da Manha, (1) among phrases of Robert Kennedy, Fernandel, Arthur Schlesinger, Geraldine Chaplin, Tristao de Athayde, and several others, and that was read to me over the telephone.
L'acteur principal est le celebre comedien Fernandel qui incarne dans ce film un de ses roles les plus populaires.
He read Balzac, Jules Verne, George Sand, and Madame Bovary; he listened to Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf, Michel Polnareff; he watched French movies (Serge Regiani, Bourvil, Fernandel, Jean Gabin); he amused himself buying Paris Match--and he did all this without direct acquaintance either with any of their Arabic equivalents or of France.
Paris Holiday'' (1958) - Fernandel, Anita Ekberg, Martha Hyer, Preston Sturges.
He invites her that evening to a film, a comedy starring Fernandel.
Otherwise, the films and musical selections presented are fairly representative of what one might expect from films of the era, embracing Renoir as much as Fernandel.
In his 1980's essay on Marseille(chkd), immortalised by Marcel Pagnol through his creations, Fanny, Marius and Cesar (chkd) and, of course, the film actors Fernandel and Raimu, Cobb wrote that the Marseille once depicted in Duvivier's film Carnet de Bal (chkd) is about as remote today as the Paris of Rene Clair.
Des passages de pieces ou de chansons de Rachid Belakhdar dit Rachid Ksentini (1887-1944), Chabane Haouat connu sous le nom de Sid Ali Fernandel (1923-1977), Kateb Yacine (1929-1989) et Abdelkader Ould Abderrahmane Kaki (1934-1995) ont ete rappeles au public.
Cayatte, 1942) to the Fernandel vehicle Simplet (Fernandel, 1942), the fantasy La symphonie fantastique (M.