Les Barbouzes (The Great Spy Chase). 1964. France/Italy. Directed by Georges Lautner. Screenplay by Michel Audiard, Albert Simonin. With Lino Ventura, Francis Blanche, Bernard Blier. 109 min.
Audiard’s gift for blending the most indelicate underworld slang with the inherent formalities of the French language adds style and bounce to this standard-issue Cold War spy farce, with Lino Ventura as a French agent, Francis Blanche as his Soviet counterpart, and Mireille Darc as the crafty widow of an armaments manufacturer.