No dinner in “Le Diner de cons”, no goat in “La Chèvre”, and even less clover fields in “Cloverfield”. Back on 10 film titles that have not kept their promises.
Word games, metaphors or little jokes … Sometimes, certain titles make “promises” to viewers that are not kept in the film. From The Goat to the Dinner of Cons via Cloverfield, return on 10 feature films whose title could mislead us.
Certainly, Mickey has a good family Christmas holiday at the end of the film. But reading the title of this excellent adaptation of Charles Dickens’ tale, one would be tempted to think that the famous mouse is the main character. However, this is not the case, since he plays the role of Bob Cratchit, and is therefore not even called Mickey in the film.
It is indeed his boss, the cantankerous Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Scrooge, whose original surname is also Scrooge) that we are interested in here.
An Andalusian dog
A putting into words the concept of surrealism, cinematographic movement of which Buñuel’s film is one of the major works? An exquisite corpse, randomly created by its authors? A disguised way for the Spanish filmmaker to sign his work? Several theories claim to interpret the title of this famous short film, in which we do not find the slightest Andalusian dog.
Glasses of milk, bowler hats and traumatic scenes, yes. But not the slightest orange in Stanley Kubrick’s film. So why this title? Invented by Anthony Burgess, author of the original book, it is actually inspired by a London slang expression, “Queer as a Clockwork Orange “, used to denote something strange or unusual.
City of fear
Parody of horror films and so many other things, the famous feature film of Dummies, contrary to what its title seems to announce, will not make us tremble with fear but rather die of laughter. Just below, the small mention “a family comedy” is also there to reassure the most dubious spectators.
In French, “champ de trèfles”. It’s hard to see any connection there with Matt Reeves’ film, in which a gigantic monster attacks New York City.
Is this a working title finally kept until the theatrical release of the feature film? From the name of the military operation supposed to fight the creature, as the director claims? Of an incomprehensible allegory? This is enough to further lengthen the list of questions that we ask ourselves in front of this enigmatic film.
Friday the 13th – Chapter 4: final chapter
When there’s more, there’s more ! To believe that by thus titling the fourth part of their horror saga, in 1984, the directors of Friday the 13th had not consulted Jason Voorhees. Back in the cinema 8 times after this “final chapter”, the famous serial killer apparently did not intend to put away his machete so soon.
Given that Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is the only character to leave the penitentiary through the tunnel he dug, one would have expected the French title of the film to remain in the singular. But before going out the front door, his friend Red (Morgan Freeman) undoubtedly managed to escape psychologically from the hell of Shawshank.
The dinner of idiots
Unfortunately, because of Pierre Brochant (Thierry Lhermitte) ‘s turn of the kidneys while playing golf, we will never discover what his famous dinner with friends with François Pignon (Jacques Villeret) could have looked like. However, even staying in place, we still pass “a very good evening!”
For once, the enigma is total! Why does this famous family comedy by Francis Veber – in which Gérard Depardieu and Pierre Richard go in search of a young girl who has disappeared in South America – bears this surprising title? Perhaps because by dint of clumsiness, Perrin ends up “making goat” his partner? If you have a better explanation, we’re takers.
Unless this is a metaphor for gangsters locked in a garage (dogs in a tank), it’s hard to understand why Quentin Tarantino chose to call his first film Reservoir Dogs. To your theories!