“A voice”, “a quicksilver look” … The disappearance of Claude Brasseur marks the spirits

Actors, directors and politicians paid tribute to the actor who died at 84 on December 22.

Claude Brasseur died on December 22 at the age of 84. Many actors, directors and film lovers have paid homage to the comedian who has appeared in more than 90 films. One of the last to have directed it, the director of Camping Fabien Onteniente, remembered on BFM TV the many laughs in his company as well as his density. “He might as well play dark characters like comedy characters, he says. He had another knowledge of the dramatic art. Beneath the easy gait, there was actually a lot of work behind, he knew his razor-sharp job. He was a model who no longer exists in certain generations that I meet. And above all, he had a voice.»

This voice will also have inspired and made dream of many actors. The actress Caroline Anglade remembers the quartet that Claude Brasseur formed with Jean Rochefort, Guy Bedos and Victor Lanoux, all deceased. “Thank you for these wonderful films which rocked our childhood !!!»She posted on Instagram.

Guillaume de Tonquédec paid tribute to his fictional father in the film The Student and Mr. Henri or “it was overwhelming. I particularly liked Claude Brasseur.»He says on Facebook. Jean Dujardin was satisfied with a sober tribute, “Goodbye my beautiful and talented Claude».

«Over the course of a hundred films, he had become for the public a friend of the family, a good-natured and loud “gunslinger uncle” who is forgiven for everything.“Jack Lang is not wrong, in his tribute to the French actor, the former Minister of Culture especially remembers a”incomparable laughter, a voice that echoed loudly. His quicksilver gaze made him immediately approachable and likeable. All-terrain actor, he knew as much how to make us laugh as he did cry.Crying, José Garcia could not resist. “Goodbye my friend».

A man of the theater, Claude Brasseur also marked this art in mourning. The actor and director Nicolas Briançon “Think of him. To his trouble. And I cry for this wonderful actor who will have accompanied my life from Vidocq to Clemenceau, from Sganarelle to Mr Henry …“The same goes for the artist Raphaël Personaz, who remembers”of a huge actor and a good man.A last hug for a farewell, that of Franck Dubosc, the Patrick Chirac of Camping and friend of Claude Brasseur.

«Definitely … Claude»Sighs Richard Berry on his social networks. For actor Michel Boujenah, “Claude was funny, lively, unpredictable, and he was a wonderful actor in both cinema and theater. He was also energetic and a bon vivant, trust me. He is not a boy who went to economics in any field. From this point of view, he represents his dynasty well. Because his father was not sparing with life either, on the contrary»He recalls at LCI microphone.

The President of the Cannes Film Festival, Pierre Lescure, remember of a “splendid voice (like that of Pierre, his father) and his black eyes, to laugh or to roar.“Jean-Paul Rouve says”the immense honor of playing with you and especially of directing you (well to watch you play instead!)“. By telling an anecdote from the shoot, Nathalie Baye remembered Claude Brasseur. “We toured together, with Johnny, Detective, by Jean-Luc Godard .. A crazy movie …! Claude was sometimes unhappy on this shoot, Godard was rough with him, he was a handsome actor, endearing and secretive. His departure saddens me.»


the first images of Jean Dujardin dressed as Nicolas Sarkozy

Oscar winner for The Artist interpreter, in the film of Anne Fontaine, the former president forced to team up with his enemy of 2012, François Hollande.

Filming for the film began in October.  No release date has been announced yet.
Filming for the film began in October. No release date has been announced yet. AFP

«More than a biopic, a fable“. The shooting of Presidents , Anne Fontaine’s next film with Jean Dujardin and Nicolas Gadebois has just started. On his Instagram account, the interpreter of the next OSS 117 published in the night a photo of the first scenes of the feature film, in which he plays Nicolas, a character very largely inspired by the former head of state of the same name.

Ray-Ban screwed on the nose or open shirt with shiny chain, Jean Dujardin plays a former president on the return, eager to reconquer France, reports Allocine . To carry out his plan, he tries to convince his former political opponent François – played by a Nicolas Gadebois, bluffing in François Hollande – who lives a quiet retirement in Corrèze. “It’s about the comedy of power and the difficulty of no longer being in charge. It is the meeting of two political opponents who will live a kind of adventure», Explained Anne Fontaine to The New Republic . Doria Tillier, Pascale Arbillot and Jean-Michel Lahmi complete the cast of the film, whose release date is still unknown.

In 2011, Denis Podalydès had already played Nicolas Sarkozy in The conquest by Xavier Durringer, who reviewed the rise of the political animal to the head of state. TV movie The Last Campaign meanwhile dealt with the Hollande-Sarkozy duel in 2012, with Thierry Frémont and Patrick Braoudé in the title roles. Presidents would it arise as the final part of a saga that does not speak its name, dedicated to the sixth leader of the Vth Republic ?


Death of Wladimir Yordanoff, tenderly ferocious actor

Perhaps he was the only one in the theater as in the cinema to wield the art of the cowardice with as much derisory authority as an acrimonious Jean-Pierre Bacri. Faced with a Catherine Frot (Yoyo) tipsy in A family resemblance (1996), adaptation from the theater to the screen of a play by the Bacri-Jaoui tandem by Cédric Klapisch, he plays the husband who howls in the small restaurant in Franchouillard Au père calme : “But we’ll find out that it’s his birthday.” She’s not going to dance naked on the table because it’s her birthday anyway! “ It seems obvious that there, right away, we do not have the heart to dance naked: Wladimir Yordanoff, wonderful in the roles of grumpy, died Tuesday in Normandy, “The consequences of a lightning disease” according to the artistic agency Aartis. He was only 66 years old.

Wladimir Yordanoff was this actor with half a century of theatrical career on the clock, but also in the cinema as a supporting role. With a perfectly identifiable face, tenderly fierce, imposing stature, sometimes tender grin, he fluctuated brilliantly from fury to appeasement. Son of Bulgarian parents who had to flee the country in 1946 – a singer mother and a violinist father – he was a pupil of Antoine Vitez and Pierre Debauche when entering the National Conservatory of Dramatic Art, played with the great Stuarts Seide, Patrice Chéreau, Alain Françon or Roger Planchon. At the same time, Wladimir Yordanoff passes in front of the camera, the first time in 1983 when he wears the uniform of a chief of the guards, in the feature film Danton by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda. He also plays Paul Gauguin in the Vincent and Theo de Robert Altman and 1990.

Rarely a leading role, Yordanoff yet bursts the screen with his aplomb and his furious gaze; very close to the Bacri-Jaoui couple, he also slips into the shoes of a homo snob for the taste of Others in 1999. He was also boss of the brigade for the protection of minors in Police (2011) by Maïwenn, general in the J’accuse (2019) by Polanski, and had just taken over from the late Pierre Bellemare to play French counter-espionage boss Armand Lesignac in OSS 117: Red alert in black Africa, alongside Jean Dujardin, which will be released next year.

Jeremy Piette


Caesars with leaves or double

Under fire from critics at the last ceremony in February, the resigning members of the academy must vote for new statutes. A risky procedure as tensions persist.

The sustainability of the Cesars is suspended by the vote of the 45 administrators which will be held on June 8 in a meeting room of the National Cinema Center (CNC) in Paris.
The sustainability of the Cesars is suspended by the vote of the 45 administrators which will be held on June 8 in a meeting room of the National Cinema Center (CNC) in Paris. Philippe MAZZONI/Canal +

The burial is scheduled for Thursday, July 9. The Cesars, as imagined by Georges Cravenne and the flamboyant producer Daniel Toscan du Plantier, will have lived 45 years. This time, no red carpet, no crackling of cameras. Carried away in January in a whirlwind of public attacks and small murderous phrases, the Caesars will die in indifference. The ravages of Covid-19 in the industry are such that producers, directors, actors and technicians now have other priorities.

Proof: the “ceremony” will take place in an impersonal meeting room on the ninth floor of the National Cinema Center (CNC) in Paris. The forty-five guests are expected at 11 am. Behind the anti-virus masks, we recognize Margaret Menegoz, producer of Eric Rohmer and Michael Haneke, the communicator Dominique Segall, no doubt followed by Philippe Labro, Costa-Gavras, Claude Lelouch… Only big names in the seventh art, all directors

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