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William Klein and Alain Tanner
Alison Smith

showdown, Super-French-Man, approached for aid by Mister Freedom, responds with a dismissive ‘Merde’ and is thus portrayed as himself an insurgent. Here Klein shows that the film does indeed correspond to a concern with Americanisation rather than an attentive examination of French contestatory politics in 1967. The phrase which caused the major part of the trouble with the censors – ‘To the dictatorship of the people, of Freedom, of Moujik Man, of Red China Man, I prefer my own’ – illustrates quite well the general satire to which

in French cinema in the 1970s