Pierre Etaix

As Long as You’ve Got Your Health

As Long as You’ve Got Your Health

In this endlessly diverting compendium of four short films, Pierre Etaix regards the 1960s from his askew but astute perspective. Each part is as technically impressive as it is riotous: a man attempts to read a novel about vampires beside his sleeping wife but cannot seem to separate reality from fiction; a simple afternoon at the movies becomes a consumer-culture assault; a jarringly noisy urban landscape keeps a city’s population on edge; and a day in the country means something different to a picnicking city couple, a hunter, and a farmer.

Film Info

  • Pierre Etaix
  • France
  • 1966
  • 68 minutes
  • Color
  • Black & White
  • 1.66:1
  • French

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Pierre Etaix

Pierre Etaix

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2 Discs

$47.96

Collector's Set

Pierre Etaix

Pierre Etaix

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$39.96

As Long as You’ve Got Your Health
Cast
Pierre Etaix
Denise Péronne
Simone Fonder
Sabine Sun
Véra Valmont
Lydia Binaghi
Robert Blome
Emilius Coryn
Dario Meschi
Bocky
Randel
Preston
Claude Massot
Bernard Dimet
Alain Janey
Laurence Gallimard
Credits
Director
Pierre Etaix
Produced by
Paul Claudon
Screenplay
Pierre Etaix
Screenplay
Jean-Claude Carrière
Cinematography
Jean Boffety
Editors
Henri Lanoë
Editors
Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte
Editors
Andrée Werlin
Editors
Raymond Lewin
Editors
Roger Salesse
Set design
Jacques D’Ovidio
Music
Jean Paillaud
Music
Luce Klein
Music
René Giner

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A quietly influential force in art cinema throughout the second half of the twentieth century and beyond, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (also an author, actor, opera librettist, and occasional director) has collaborated with such important screen artists as Luis Buñuel, Milos Forman, Jean-Luc Godard, Philip Kaufman, Louis Malle, Nagisa Oshima, Volker Schlöndorff, and Andrzej Wajda. He got his start working with the comic filmmaker Pierre Etaix on the Oscar-winning slapstick short Happy Anniversary (1962), which the two codirected; Carrière would go on to cowrite all of Etaix’s 1960s features. Meanwhile, Buñuel enlisted Carrière to cowrite 1964’s Diary of a Chambermaid, the beginning of a grand partnership that would also result in increasingly surreal visions like Belle de jour (1967), The Milky Way (1969), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), The Phantom of Liberty (1974), and That Obscure Object of Desire (1977). (In 2012, Carrière said of working with Buñuel, “How we mixed together is impossible to say. One started an idea, the other finished it.”) As is clear from those productions, he has a way with the absurd, but the versatile and erudite Carrière is also a keen literary adapter, translating such daunting novels as The Tin Drum and The Unbearable Lightness of Being into formidable films. Carrière’s career continues to take surprising turns: he has a small but crucial role in Abbas Kiarostami’s 2010 Certified Copy, for example.