Very Happy Alexander


1h 36m 1969

Brief Synopsis

Alexandre, a young and honest farmer, is oppressed by an authoritarian wife, who makes him work like a dog. When she dies in a car crash, he decides to stay in bed, absolutely free and inactive. Just a dog is occupied to carry food and newspapers to him.

Film Details

Also Known As
Alexander, Alexandre le bienheureux, Happy Alexander
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Feb 1969
Production Company
Films de la Colombe; Madeleine Films; Productions de la Guéville
Distribution Company
Cinema V Distributing, Inc.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Alexander is a good-natured farmer who would love to devote all his time to sleeping and doing nothing. His shrewish wife, however, known as La Grande, keeps him working by snapping her fingers and by using a walkie-talkie. But one day Alexander becomes a widower when his wife and in-laws are killed in an automobile accident. He takes to his bed, refuses to budge from the house, and trains his faithful dog to do the marketing. Gradually, Alexander's philosophy that man was meant to relax and enjoy life wins converts; and the villagers decide that something must be done before laziness reaches epidemic proportions. But Alexander still refuses to return to work and devotes his waking hours to fishing, swimming, and drinking wine in the open fields. In time he finds a companion in Agathe, a lazy village girl who eagerly shares his happy-go-lucky life. After they have decided to marry, Agathe discovers the amount of property Alexander owns; and she is soon considering the fortune that could be made by developing the 300 acres. On the day of the wedding, Alexander is kneeling at Agathe's side when he suddenly hears his dog barking outside the church. As he turns his head, Agathe snaps her fingers in the manner of his late wife, whereupon Alexander leaps to his feet, backs out of the church, and--still a free spirit--runs off with his dog.

Film Details

Also Known As
Alexander, Alexandre le bienheureux, Happy Alexander
Release Date
Jan 1969
Premiere Information
New York opening: 17 Feb 1969
Production Company
Films de la Colombe; Madeleine Films; Productions de la Guéville
Distribution Company
Cinema V Distributing, Inc.
Country
France

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 36m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Trivia

Notes

Released in France in February 1968 as Alexandre le bienheureux; running time: 96 min. Also known as Happy Alexander and Alexander.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1969

Released in United States 1969