Smart Pick of the Day: Je t’aime John Wayne

If you have ten free minutes, watch this film. If you have three free minutes, just watch the first three. At least hear Kris Marshall’s spectacular pronunciation of the phrase, “Lucky Strike.”

Kris Marshall in "Je t'aime John Wayne"

Kris Marshall in “Je t’aime John Wayne”

Director Toby MacDonald and screenwriter Luke Ponte’s 2001 parodic short film tells the story of a Londoner who thinks he’s a Frenchman who wants to be an American. It manages to poke fun at Jean-Paul Belmondo, the middle class, and all of Western masculinity. The whole thing is ludicrous and charming and makes me wish I had been around for new age cinema in the 60’s. That moment two minutes in when Belmonde shouts, “I am a man!”, followed by a quick close-up to him winking, is beyond words.


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