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The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob

Louis de Funès and Claude Giraud in 'Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob' (1973).

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present screenings of the raucous comedy, The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, on the 45th anniversary of its US release.

The French farce, directed by Gérard Oury, will screen Wednesday, April 17 at 7:00pm at the Royal, Town Center 5, and Pasadena Playhouse 7.

This madcap movie draws upon time-honored comedy tropes of frantic disguises and mistaken identities. The story involves the return of beloved Rabbi Jacob (Marcel Dalio) after thirty years in the United States to his hometown in France. He is waylaid at the Paris airport by a bigoted French businessman, Victor Pivert (Louis de Funes), and an Arab rebel leader fleeing the police and assassins. Pivert and the Arab then impersonate Rabbi Jacob and his companion in their escape. Other characters, including Pivert’s daughter (Miou-Miou), his jealous wife and a Jewish driver join the pursuit in a hodgepodge of plot twists and slapstick shenanigans culminating in a chaotic, fun climax. 

The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob (Les aventures de Rabbi Jacob)
Directed by: Gérard Oury
Written by: Gérard Oury, Danièle Thompson, Josy Eisenberg, Roberto de Leonardis
Starring: Louis de Funès, Claude Giraud, Marcel Dalio, Miou-Miou
Year: 1973
Runtime: 100 min
Language: French, English, Hebrew, Yiddish and Arabic with English subtitles