• France
  • 1965
  • 98 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  •  

This elaborately conceived and brilliantly mounted comedy is Pierre Etaix’s most beloved movie, as well as his personal favorite. 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 Etaix adored. Chock-full of nimble sight gags and ingenious sound effects, Yoyo is very sweet, a little bit melancholy, and wholly imaginative.

Cast

Yoyo/MillionairePierre Etaix
IsolinaClaudine Auger
HorsewomanLuce Klein
Young YoyoPhilippe Dionnet

Film Essays

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The Return of Etaix

By David Cairns April 23, 2013

Who is Pierre Etaix and where has he been all your life? This is the story of a filmmaker who was vanished, banished, skipped over. It’s as if one of those invisible cubicles mimes are always . . . Read more »

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Repertory Pick: Pierre Etaix in Philadelphia

February 16, 2017

Tomorrow, the International House Philadelphia salutes French actor-director Pierre Etaix with a double dose of his unique brand of physical comedy. The screening kicks off with As Long as You’ . . . Read more »


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The Return of Etaix

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Who is Pierre Etaix and where has he been all your life? This is the story of a filmmaker who was vanished, banished, skipped over. It’s as if one of those invisible cubicles mimes are always . . . Read more »

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