1. A Very Secret Service opens up with a young man in his underwear tied to a chair in a dark room. He’s being interrogated and is asked very bias questions that paint France in a nice picture. This man seems to be just your average everyday guy whom the government took to turn him into a spy. After passing his first test and going in to HQ the next day, the phone on his desk begins to ring and he picks it up even though he doesn’t know what he’s doing at all. Representatives from Africa are there to speak with someone in charge but after much miscommunication, they get upset and leave. This is bad news for the new agent because it seems to everyone that he failed his ‘test’, but somehow it all works out in the end and he is still on track to become an agent.
2. I think this show’s point and meaning is to poke fun at France and the French culture. It seems very satirical and almost unrealistic. All of the characters are so secretive and never really make any sense in what they’re talking about. The writers also played into many stereotypes and misconceptions that people around the world have of French people.
3. I remember being told that the French don’t beat around the bush and are very direct. I kind of saw this in the show because nobody really took crap from anyone else, but also, they were all very secretive. Also, as I was watching I could actually follow along pretty well without subtitles which was really cool! I also saw/ remember being told in France, they take a lot of pride in how they colonized parts of Africa. That was show in the show also.
4. I liked this show, I thought it was really funny. It was cool to see how the concept and expectations of a spy are basically the same in any culture. I also really loved the part where they were arguing over the receipts and everything. I just thought it was a hoot. I’ll be recommending this to my friends and hopefully watching more of it myself.
Yes! I agree! It was really cool that the expectations of spies in different countries seem to be very similar!
I did like the part where they were arguing over receipts. I thought it was funny that they were waiting for the girl to come in late. Then she turned in receipts, for more than the others, that included undergarments. Despite all that however, her receipts were all the dude cared about.
I completely disagree. I hated the comedy. Maybe because I'm not French, but it did appeal to my tastes.
1. “A Very Secret Service” is a show about a man who is accepted into the secret service. In the first episode, he is captured, and he seems very excited when he is told that he will become a part of the secret services. He is also told that he must undergo a test first. While he was working one day, he got a phone call from a different country that was angry. Instead of resolving the conflict, it appears as if he made the other country more angry. At the end of the episode, there is a work party, and on the radio, voices begin saying that conflicts between France and another country have not been resolved. The radio station was then cut out, and the episode ended by focusing on the man’s panicked face.
2. I think that the director’s main purpose for filming this was for comedic purposes. The man is very excited to be working for the Secret Service, so there is a possibility that the director is trying to convince the audience to work hard to accomplish their goals in life, and once you accomplish them, it is important to continue working hard.
3. At one point, one of the actors said “You’re representing France, not a sales firm”. I believe that this contributes to my knowledge that the French are extremely proud of their country and their language.
4. I enjoyed this show! I thought it was funny and fairly easy to follow! The main character was energetic and excited about his job, and I thought it was really cute.
I thought your take on the directors purpose was interesting. It was not at all what I said. However, I think your probably correct in that they were trying to be comical.
1. A very secret service starts out with a man sitting in a dark room with two lights facing him. He is being asked questions and later finds out he is going to be tested, and possible become a special agent. The next day the biggest thing that happens is that the man answers a ringing phone that he was not supposed to. People from Dauphny? Came to speak to the "man in charge" and ended up leaving before speaking to anyone. Later that day a radio announcement says that the leader of Dauphny went to Paris for unsuccessful negotiations. There was some other stuff regarding receipts and slapping as well.
2. I have no idea what the director was trying to say. From what you said in class about some of the other episodes they might be getting at how useless and incorrect the government can be. I don't know if that is right though. If that is the argument I would say it is somewhat true. There are a lot of things that happen or don't behind the scenes in all governments.
3. I dont really know how this would connect to class. The only thing it made me thing of is the old covert affairs TV show we had. However. I think this show is probably a little more on the satirical side.
4. It was okay, not one of my favorite ones. I thought some parts of it were funny. I also thought it was kinda anticlimactic and not entirely entertaining. That being said, if I watched more I might like it better. The episodes you mentioned in class seemed interesting. I probably wouldn't recommend this show unless I knew the person really liked spy/crime shows.
This show reminded me of older television as well. Not aesthetically but it gave me that vibe.
1. I was able to watch the entire first season of A Very Secret Service (en français Au service de la France). It is set in the 1960's during the height of the Cold War. The main character is André Merlaux, a trainee officer for the French Secret Service. We meet many of André's mentors and colleagues. The organization is striving to protect France and the francophone world.
2. The director touches on a few issues during the episodes I've seen. The first political issue would be the challenge for independence from French colonies, the most important being the fight over the independence of Algeria. France wanted to hold control of Algeria (obviously for monetary reasons), while Algeria wanted to govern itself. This spoke to me because I'm Algeria. All I want is to be allowed my own freedom. Also being in a family from a country colonized by a European power (Italy) I know people don't like living under someone else's rules, especially without justification/ true right to power. They also spoke on Feminism in the show. I liked that. This was the "good" feminism before it turned into man-hating.
3. This show touched on a lot of deeper topics but kept it light. There was comedy, which I normally don't associate with the French. I see them as a frowny-faced population. Maybe I'm wrong. Perhaps the French are human. There were many jokes in the show which I realize is difficult grasp in another language. First you have to understand what the person is saying, then you have to follow the setup, and lastly you have to get the punchline. Without verbal comprehension and cultural context, a joke is just another sentence.
4. I like the series. Hopefully I have time to watch season 2 soon. I think it's cool that we watch these shows and movies. I truly feel my listening comprehension getting better. At this point I recommend all of the French media I see (minus Amélie) to all my friends, even the ones that barely speak English.