The Vertical Smile (Le sourire vertical) 51 years old

A kaleidoscope of images from history populate this skillfully animated French feature. The story concerns a history professor whose ideas about human history cause him distress. Amid a flurry of newsreel-type images, Joan of Arc's trial is shown. Another theme which emerges is of two ages (in the far past and far future) in which naked humans fight one another with animalistic aggression.


The Vertical Smile Cast

Name Character
Didier Flamand He was 26, now 77 years old
Jean-Pierre Mocky He was 43, 90 years old when he died as Franco, le prêtre borgne
Max Vialle He was 38, 65 years old when he died as Général P.P.
François Perrot He was 49, 94 years old when he died as Relde
Henri Serre He was 42, now 93 years old as Tablo
Françoise Brion She was 40, now 91 years old as Lennie
Michel Charrel He was 36, now 87 years old
Natalie Perrey She was 44, 83 years old when she died as Mère Jeanne des Anges
Olivier Hussenot He was 59, 64 years old when he died as Doux Donnie
André Chaumeau He was 48, 88 years old when he died as Le voyeur

The Vertical Smile Crew

Name Department
Jean Chiabaut as Camera Operator. Camera
Antoine Bonfanti as Sound. He was 49 (82) years old when He died Sound
The Vertical Smile poster
The Vertical Smile (51 years)

  • Release day: Monday, March 19, 1973
  • Runtime: 110 minutes