Dated, difficult to describe, quasi-musical, strangely compelling; The 1973 film adaptation of Antoine De Saint-Exupery‘s book “Le Petit Prince” layers oddities on top of strangeness yet still manages to produce something extraordinary.
Performances by Bob Fosse and Gene Wilder as, respectively, Snake and Fox, are very good. In fact, if you think of the strangeness (and at times, scariness) of Wilder’s performance in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory“, you’ll get a pretty good indication of the overall tone of this film. There are a couple of scenes which could upset sensitive children – not overt violence, but difficult existential allegories.
I have been a long time fan of Gene Wilder and today I had reason to refer to his performance of Fox in this Film. I began to reminisce about my first encounter with this film. I was 9 years old at the time and Gene’s performance was, to my 9 year old self, stunning.
I’ve found that scene on Youtube. Though without seeing this in the context of the entire film the scene loses a bit of it’s gravitas. I highly recommend seeing the original film in it’s entirety. There are true moments of genius present there.