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La Classe Américaine : Le Grand Détournement

Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette

23.06 BRIFF Village 22:00
Fiction . 70' . France . 1993 . French, English / ST : /

George Abitbol, “the Most Classy Man on Earth”, dies sputtering his famous last words: “cr*ppy world!” What the heck did he mean? Reporters Steven, Peter and Dave investigate. La Classe Américaine is a montage of scenes taken from the Warner Bros. catalog and dubbed to fit the narration of what is arguably the greatest story ever told.


Spencer Tracy

Paul Newman

James Stewart

Donald Sutherland

Dustin Hoffman

Ned Beatty

Lauren Bacall

Robert Mitchum


Dominique Mezerette

Michel Hazanavicius


Laurence Kurzer


Laurent Petitgirard (Orchestre Symphonique Français)


Jean-Michel Kuess

Guy Rondi



Robert Nador

Ève Vercel

Michel Hazanavicius, Dominique Mézerette


Michael Hazanavicius was born in Paris in 1967. After studying art his career takes off in television when he joins the comedy team Les Nuls (Canal+). Also for Canal+, with Dominique Mezerette he creates a series of “hijacked films” such as La Classe Américaine for which he strings together scenes from various Hollywood classics and dubs the result with a unifying French dialogue that has nothing to do with the original screenplays. After acting in La Cité de La Peur des Nuls, he co-wrote the screenplay Delphine 1 – Yvan 0 (1996) directed by Dominique Farrugia. He writes radio plays for les Nuls, then directs a short film Echec au Capital, and then a feature length film Mes Amis. He directs a number of ads for which he wins many prizes including a Silver Lion at Cannes. In 2005 he co-writes and co-produces a documentary on the Rwandan genocide entitled Tuez-les tous! His career takes a leap forward when he directs the off-the-wall spy thriller OSS117, Le Caire nid d’espions starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo. Three years later, Dujardin will reprise the role in OSS117: Rio ne répond plus. Still working with Dujardin and Bejo he reaches international renown with The Artist which screens at Cannes in 2011. An ambitious endeavor, this black and white, silent movie follows the career of George Valentin, silent movie star in the Hollywood of the 1920’s, whose career is ended by the arrival of the talkies. The film won awards internationally including 5 Academy Awards. After directing a section of the ensemble film Les Infidels, he changes gears with The Search, a drama that follows three separate lives during the Second Chechen War. In 2017, with Riad Sattouf and Florence Gastaud he co-founds production company Les Compagnons du Cinéma and they produce Le Redoutable, based on the book Un an by Anne Wiazemsky. A biopic on a period in Jean-Luc Godard’s life, Le Redoutable is selected for the official competition at Cannes. His next film, Le Prince Oublié, an adventure comedy starring Omar Sy, François Damiens and Bérénice Bejo will open in January 2020.


1992 Derrick contre Superman TV Short

1992 Ca détourne TV Movie

1993 La classe américaine TV Movie

1997 Echec au capital Short

1999 Mes amis

2006 OSS 117: Le Caire, nid d’espions

2009 OSS 117: Rio ne répond plus

2011 The Artist

2012 Les infidèles

2013 Will

2014 The Search

2017 Le Redoutable

2020 Le prince oublié

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