Mon oncle Benjamin

Mon oncle Benjamin (My Uncle Benjamin) is a 1969 French film directed by Édouard Molinaro, starring Jacques Brel and Claude Jade. The film is based on a once-popular French comic novel Mon oncle Benjamin by Claude Tillier (1842). The 1969 film Don't Grieve,[2] directed by the Georgian Georgi Daneliya, is also based on Tillier's novel as was Francis Bousquet's 1942 comic opera Mon oncle Benjamin.[3][4] The film was released on 28 November 1969.

Mon oncle Benjamin
Mon oncle Benjamin film poster
Directed byEdouard Molinaro
Produced byAlain Poiré
Written byAndré Couteaux
Edouard Molinaro
StarringJacques Brel
Claude Jade
Bernard Alane
Music byJacques Brel
Release date
  • 28 November 1969 (1969-11-28) (France)
Running time
90 minutes
Box office$20.4 million[1]


The story is set in 1750 during the time of Louis XV. Benjamin (Jacques Brel) is a country doctor in love with the beautiful innkeeper's daughter, Manette (Claude Jade), but she refuses his advances until he produces a marriage contract. After suffering a humiliating practical joke and condemned to prison, Benjamin escapes with Manette, who realizes she prefers happiness to a marriage contract after all.[5][6]



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  4. Yoken, Melvin B. (1978). "Claude Tillier". The Old Century and the New: Essays in Honor of Charles Angoff, pp. 228–229. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 0838619541
  5. "Films". Archived from Editions Jacques Brel the original Check |url= value (help) on March 31, 2012. Retrieved September 6, 2011.
  6. IMDB "Mon oncle Benjamin" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved September 6, 2011.

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