Candide


1h 30m 1962

Film Details

Also Known As
ou l'optimisme au XX#SUe#BS siècle, L'Optimisme au XX#SUe#BS siècle
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Nov 1962
Production Company
C. L. M.; Pathé Cinéma
Distribution Company
Union Film Distributors
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Candide; ou, l'optimisme by Voltaire (1759).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Reared in the chateau of a baron who manufactures antique helmets, the orphan Candide is brought up by his tutor, Pangloss, to believe that he is living in "the best of all possible worlds." Candide falls in love with the baron's daughter, Cunegonde, and is thrown out of the house when her father surprises them in an innocent kiss. War breaks out in 1939, and Candide is called into the army. Captured by the Germans, he escapes to Switzerland and becomes a member of the International Red Cross. After smuggling Pangloss out of a concentration camp, Candide is rescued from a firing squad by a mysterious lady who reunites him with his beloved Cunegonde, now being shared by a Gestapo officer and a black marketeer. Candide kills the officer, and the lovers flee to South America to remain there through a series of revolutions before returning to France. Back home, Candide is acclaimed a hero for murdering the Gestapo officer, but Cunegonde is condemned as a Nazi collaborator. Candide secures her release through blackmail and travels to Indonesia (where he escapes from native guerillas) and Moscow (where he accidentally precipitates a missile conflict between the United States and the U.S.S.R.). He next visits America, becomes involved in a racial clash, and is quickly married and divorced. Once back in France, he is reunited with Cunegonde, Pangloss, and the mysterious lady. They all retire to a country house where Pangloss persuades Candide to write his memoirs on this best of all possible worlds.

Film Details

Also Known As
ou l'optimisme au XX#SUe#BS siècle, L'Optimisme au XX#SUe#BS siècle
Release Date
Jan 1962
Premiere Information
New York opening: 19 Nov 1962
Production Company
C. L. M.; Pathé Cinéma
Distribution Company
Union Film Distributors
Country
France
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Candide; ou, l'optimisme by Voltaire (1759).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Released in Paris in December 1960 as Candide, ou l'optimisme au XX#SUe#BS siècle.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall November 19, 1962

Released in United States Fall November 19, 1962