Found in: Slapstick 2020
French Clowns: Pierre Etaix

Pierre Étaix: Yoyo

classified PG S

Slapstick 2020

Film

Please note: This was screened in Jan 2020

Director:
Pierre Etaix
Cast:
Pierre Étaix, Claudine Auger, Philippe Dionnet |
Duration:
100 mins, Subtitled, 1965, France
Primary language:
French

The elaborately conceived and brilliant comedy Yoyo is the most beloved movie of Oscar® winner, and recipient of the 2012 Aardman Slapstick Visual Comedy Award, Pierre Étaix.

Beginning as a clever homage to silent film, complete with intertitles, Yoyo blossoms into a poignant family saga (in which Etaix plays both a father and his grown son) and a celebration of the circus Étaix adored. In it the celebrated French clown plays a 1920s billionaire who, although having everything and living in a cavernous old castle, is not happy, as he is in love with a circus performer and just wants a simple life.

Packed-full of nimble sight gags and ingenious sound effects, Yoyo is very sweet, a little bit melancholy, wholly imaginative and classic Étaix.

With an introduction by film preservationist Serge Bromberg (Lobster Films).