Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Through the Lens: The Costumes of OSS 117

Jean Dujardin as Agent OSS 117 in 2006's OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, with Berenice Bejo.

My boyfriend introduced me to the OSS 117 parody spy films starring French actor Jean Dujardin as Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath (aka Agent OSS 117).  Dujardin has been receiving many accolades for a movie I've yet to see, The Artist.  He's a hilarious and charming actor whose smile actually very much reminds me of Gene Kelly's (am I the only one who thinks this?).  He plays goofy, yet debonair so well.

The OSS 117 character was first introduced in the 1957 film OSS 117 n'est pas mort, based off of books by Jean Bruce, which actually predated Ian Fleming's James Bond novels.  After Bruce's death in the '60s, his wife would continue to write the stories.

The new OSS 117 adaptations are spoofs of the Eurospy genre -- they're funny (the agent is a bit more Maxwell Smart than James Bond), stylish and set in the 1950s and '60s, and the fashion is fabulous.  (Fun fact: Argentine-French actress Berenice Bejo, who co-starred with Dujardin in OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies, apparently also appears in The Artist.)

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  1. Hi,

    A little comment only to tell you how much I love your blog ! It's an inspiration for me, who is a "past-addict" too. So, it's now in my favourites, can't wait for other posts !
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    Kisses from France,


  2. Hi Noé - thank you so very much! I'm so glad that you enjoy it. It is always so nice to hear from others who have an appreciation for the same things.



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