Cinema: The Flip Side of War

La Vie de Château. Normandy. The 6th of June, 1944. Fire bombs explode overhead. Parachutes dot the warm night sky. Below, a captain of the Resistance is locked in combat with a German major. The cause of their quarrel: a woman, naturally. In France, D-day or no Dday, S for sex comes first.

In this slapstick comedy, even the Occupation takes second place to the preoccupation—cherchez la femme. The plot is as old as Gaul, and only a new director would have the gall to tell it again: the sleepy middle-aged husband, the nubile...

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