23 February 2023
The play gave rise to three films: the first one by Louis Gasnier (1932, with Louis Jouvet), and two by Pagnol himself (1936, with Arnaudy, then 1950, with Fernande!) Others would follow. As long as there are actors, Topaze will try the best.
“That’s the story of my mother’s chimpanzee. When she bought him, he was skinny, he stank of misery, but I’ve never seen such a loving monkey. We gave him coconuts, we fed him bananas, he became strong as a Turk, he broke the maid’s face. We had to call the fire department…”