“Father Christmas is a junk” is one of the most cult comedies in French cinema, which we never tire of seeing and seeing again, especially during this holiday season. Did you know that the title of the film should initially be much more vulgar?
Santa Claus is junk: the little sweetness of Splendid
Released in 1982, Santa Clause is garbage is the third film of the troupe of the Splendid after The Bronzed (1978) and The Bronzés go skiing (1979). Directed by Jean-Marie Poiré, this comedy is adapted from the eponymous play of the troupe created in 1979.
The action takes place on the premises of SOS Détresse Amitié on Christmas Eve. Pierre (Thierry Lhermitte) and Thérèse (Anémone) provide the hotline. Very quickly, the troubles are linked between the arrival of Josette (Marie-Anne Chazel) and her companion Félix (Gérard Jugnot), without forgetting the invading neighbor Mr Preskovic (Bruno Moynot) and his famous doubitchous.
Santa Clause is garbage is undoubtedly one of the most cult comedies in French cinema. Those that we never tire of seeing and seeing again, thanks to its unforgettable lines and its hilarious characters.
The first title of the film was much more vulgar
Upon release, the film was deprived of display at bus stops due to its title. deemed inappropriate. A cinema even changes the title to Santa Claus (not the real one) is junk so as not to shock the spectators.
Yet that title was much less problematic than the one chosen at the start by the find of the Splendid. Indeed, the actors had first agreed on the title “Father Christmas shot himself in the ass”. Gérard Jugnot had also told this anecdote in 2014 in the program Un soir à la Tour Eiffel.
The idea for this title came from Josiane Balasko, as she recently told So Film magazine: