It squatting the small screen evening and afternoon and every time howl of laughter of the millions of French: thanks to reruns on the shovel, Louis de Funès is needed more than ever as a safe haven, in times of confinement.
“When it all goes wrong, he still Louis,” said the user behind the account JustLouisdeFunes (Twitter and YouTube), who commented on the news with film clips and facial expressions of the actor.
Many say “what about watching one of his movies, you forget your worries, at least for 90 minutes. It may seem silly but very few players have that power,” says the anonymous.
De Funès is a safe haven by “the certainty that one has to touch all audiences with his films: the bourgeois, the proletariat, the immigrants, the people from the right, from the left, the very, very right, very left and all the generations,” adds the journalist Bertrand Medical, a fan and author of a dictionary devoted to the actor.
After you have gathered 5 million viewers in the middle of the afternoon in front of “La grande vadrouille” — long film king of the box office in France with 17 million entries, of France 2 has gone back to programming on Sunday, “The adventures of Rabbi Jacob”, that made laugh nearly 4 million confined, before “megalomania” and “Hibernatus” are expected in the next few days.
Not rest, M6 rolls out the red carpet on Monday night, in the first and second part of the evening, the gendarme Ludovic Cruchot.
Finally, Canal+ promises its subscribers “a marathon of laughter” in April via its chain of digital ephemera “Cine+ De Funès”. The opportunity to review movies as “Oscar” or “Le grand restaurant” and listen to the fans as Alain Chabat share their passion.
– Antidepressant –
Selected programming to soften the containment? Not, stresses the Cinémathèque française, where he was to open a major exhibition devoted to the actor at the beginning of April, with showings of films that will accompany the event on the small screen.
Does: “in the spirit of programmers, review of Louis de Funès it is a bit of Madeleines of Proust”, points out Jean-Christophe Mikhaïloff of the Cinémathèque. “This is clearly an anti-depressant!”.
“His filmography is a golden age in the history of France, the 30 Glorious years (1945-1975). It is a bit of a synonym of a France blessed, full employment, where there was faith in progress (his films are filled with gadgets, such as the Citroën DS flying of the “Fantômas”), develops the film.
This success stainless must, of course, to play everything by grimaces and facial expressions of the person who was, during the years 60-70, the actor number one at the box office, despite the disdain of a large part of the criticism.
If it was today honoured by the Cinémathèque and since last summer, a museum in his name to Saint-Raphaël, in the Var, it will have had only one Cesar (honorary), in 1980, three years before he died.
– Our “Charlie Chaplin” –
“This is a mime, this is a little of our Charlie Chaplin,” says Jean-Christophe Mikhaïloff. “You cut the sound and there is something happening” on the screen. What fascinates rather Bertrand of Association, it is the body of the actor, “running all the time at full speed” and that the dance often in front of the camera.
“It is a child in a body of grandpa, and it’s the children the spot immediately. This is one of their” is the user behind the account JustLouisdeFunes.
And Ludovic Cruchot Victor Pivert (as the bird!), de Funès also embodies the same character, simultaneously ill-tempered, coward, selfish, obsequious, and even racist, as in “Rabbi Jacob”.
“It is an archetype, this is Harlequin, is a character with malicious intent, whose projects evil are always at odds. It gives us the opportunity to see a man who fails, and it moves us”, analysis Bertrand Medical.
A universal character, counter to theories about his character franchouillard. “Everyone has a Louis de Funès around oneself, or to recognize in him”, pointed out Jean-Christophe Mikhaïloff. And remember his immense success outside the borders of france, Germany, the former soviet union through French-speaking Africa.
Author(s): By Aurélie MAYEMBO – Paris (AFP)
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