Death at 88 of Catherine Rich, refined actress and wife of Claude Rich

The actress died on Monday. In the cinema, on television (The Cursed Kings) and in the theater, the finesse of her playing, always delicate, enabled her to be nominated six times for the Molières.

Distinction, elegance … like her dear husband Claude Rich, on stage or on the screen, Catherine Rich’s finesse and nuance play has been her trademark for more than half a century of her career. Unfortunately more than three years after the death of the unforgettable Talleyrand from Supper by Édouard Molinaro, the actress passed away on Monday January 18, 2021FA. She was 88 years old.

It was her daughter, Delphine Rich, also an actress like her parents, who announced the sad news on her Facebook page, writing with moving words that her “ Mom, the sweet and tender Catherine, flew to the land of angels yesterday“. This first tribute was illustrated by a black and white shot where we see the actress, radiant by the sea.

Six nominations for Molières

Catherine Renaudin was born on June 10, 1932 in Paris. In 1959, she married Claude Rich. This harmonious couple, in the city as on the screen will never separate. In 1962, the actress took her first modest steps in front of the camera under the direction of Julien Duvivier in The Burning Room.

But it is especially on the boards that Catherine Rich will show all her talent as an artist. Jean de La Fontaine, Stefan Zweig, Feydeau, Tennessee Williams, Vaclav Havel, Carlo Goldoni … the capacity of the actress to confront all texts, whether comic or dramatic, will earn her to be named no less six times at Molières.

As for his many roles for television, they earned him the recognition of the general public. Her interpretation of Joan of Burgundy in The Cursed Kings alongside Jean Piat and Hélène Duc will have been remarkable. Because, it was obvious this subtle princess of the scene was made to play a queen of France.

The Cursed Kings by Claude Barma, adaptation by Marcel Jullian of the work of Maurice Druon, in 1972, with Jean Piat, Hélène Duc, Louis Seigner, Catherine Rouvel, Catherine Rich …


the death of Jean-Pierre Bacri blues the world of cinema

Jean-Michel Ribes, Philippe Muyl, Gilles Jacob … The disappearance of the actor provoked a concert of emotional reactions from his many friends.

He made people laugh by his grumpy expression and his bad temper. Her death will finally have drawn tears. The announcement of the death, at 69, of the actor, screenwriter and theater artist Jean-Pierre Bacri sparked a large number of reactions on social networks, this Monday, January 18 at the end of the afternoon.

Actress and director Michèle Laroque expressed on Twitter : «Exceptional Jean-Pierre Bacri. He will be in my heart forever. I find it hard to imagine cinema without him. Thoughts for loved ones. #RIPJeanPierreBacri Nicolas Bedos paid a simple and silent tribute to this figure of French cinema.

On BFMTV, the director Jean-Michel Ribes who had directed Jean-Pierre Bacri on stage greeted the man with “big mouth», «one of the strongest personalities of recent years“, And an actor”engaged” without being “lesson giver». «He was above all someone with whom I had an incredible bondHe recalled, referring to their common hilarities. “The most wonderful thing is that we had giggles together. About him, I have our giggles. When you have a giggle with someone, it’s to know them better than anyone“. And to conclude: “He was someone, in truth, extremely funny but it was the reverse of a sneer».

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Same power of memory with Christian Clavier who shared the poster with Jean-Pierre Bacri in 1989, in Jean-Marie Poiré’s film My best friends. He wanted to pay tribute to “great culture and great intelligenceFrom the actor.

On France Info, Philippe Muyl – who in 1993 adapted the play by Jean-Pierre Bacri and Agnès Jaoui for the cinema Kitchen and Outbuildings – was also moved by the disappearance of his friend. “It’s really a blow that we take on the head“, He reacted, while paying homage to a work of tone”bitter sweet, lucid, whole, intelligent“. The director recalled the crucial place of Agnès Jaoui in the life and work of Jean-Pierre Bacri, welcoming “their way of looking at the world with a critical and somewhat uncompromising eye».

Richard Berry, who performed with him in 1982 in The Great Forgiveness Alexandre Arcady, recalled the integrity of Jean-Pierre Bacri: “He was a great writer and actor, a good guy, honest, there was no concession with him, he was true, both in his choices and in his statements and very funny. He was tender. »

Jean-Paul Rouve made a point of recalling the perfection of Jean-Pierre Bacri’s acting. “It’s perfect, Jean-Pierre. It’s perfect in the rhythm, it’s perfect in the way of playing. Everything is perfect. He is above. When you are an actor, you admire it. For me, it’s the pantheon of actors, it’s above everything»Declared the actor and director on BFMTV. “It is cike a musician with perfect pitch, he had absolute accuracy in playing.»

The disappearance of Jean-Pierre Bacri also inspired a very strong tribute from Gilles Jacob. The director and former president of the Cannes festival compared, on Twitter, the late actor to François Truffaut, Ingmar Bergman, or to the Portuguese Nobel Prize for Literature, José Saramago.

Francis Lombrail, director of the Hébertot theater in Paris, spoke about the extraordinary human qualities of Jean-Pierre Bacri: “ He had a lot of seduction and never had anything to sell, independent from the environment, to notoriety, overflowing with humanity, his grumpy side, it was humanity to spare, a true man, a fantastic actor , wonderful and unforgettable. He was very impressive, I had a little apprehension and admiration before meeting him, but he put you at ease, he immediately perceived the person he had in front of him. There was color and spirit, Bacri. Bacri was Bacri, irreplaceable. »

On Instagram, Nicolas Bedos praised the great freedom of the actor: “His frankness, his high standards, his annoyances, his dialogues, his Agnès … Another free artist who takes the trunk … Making him smile was a great pride …»

On the side of political reactions, Emmanuel Macron wished to underline the humanity and the tenderness of the actor, under the features of the character: “He had a sense of celebration and a taste for others. Jean-Pierre Bacri, the most tender of our moaners is gone. Like an image, her laconic and sensitive humanity will continue to populate our lives».

The mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo paid tribute to the character. “Jean-Pierre Bacri was a tone, a voice, a character in the service of an exceptional acting, in the cinema as in the theater. Popular actor, talented screenwriter and committed man, he will be sorely missed. Thoughts of his family and loved ones.»She said on his social networks.

On Facebook, the director of the Arab World Institute and former Minister of Culture Jack Lang spoke about “the legendary profanity“And”lively intelligence“From the actor:”Tonight, we are losing a brilliant and irresistible anti-hero, but his interpretations will remain engraved forever as immense and indelible pieces of anthology of French theater and cinema.»

The strong character of the roles that fell to Jean-Pierre Bacri was regularly invoked among the emotional messages broadcast on Twitter. Xavier Bertrand, President of the Hauts de France Region paid tribute to “French grumpy and grumpy that exists in all of us».

Ian Brossat, PCF spokesperson and deputy mayor of Paris in charge of housing, praised the “gorgeous moan».

Alexis Corbière, deputy La France Insoumise, also bowed to the “magnificent moaner and committed citizen».

The deputy and socialist spokesperson Boris Vallaud was moved by the disappearance of “her favorite moan».

Several other political figures have finally especially wanted to remember some memorable quotes forever linked to Jean-Pierre Bacri. Starting with the ecological mayor of Grenoble, Éric Piolle.

For the deputy En Marche Aurélien Taché, it is rather the quotes of the man to “caustic humorWhich outweigh the memory of his roles.

France Insoumise du Nord MP Ugo Bernalicis, meanwhile, set out to share a whole scene with Jean-Pierre Bacri.

Finally, the sports magazine So Foot He also went there with his little emotional tribute in reference to Didier, Alain Chabat’s film released in 1997, in which Jean-Pierre Bacri played, a somewhat disillusioned football coach.

Jean-Pierre Bacri occupied a prominent place with the public for his roles of grieving and disillusioned but deeply human anti-heroes. He had written several plays and films with Agnès Jaoui, who was also his companion, and had been awarded five times at the César, including four times the trophy for best screenplay.


Swiss police dance on Jerusalema to bring back a smile

In Zug, in the north of the country, the police unveiled a choreography on the hit by Master KG for “show that police officers are perfectly normal people.Looping on social networks, the video crosses borders.

Alone or accompanied, in civilian clothes or in uniform, dancers of genius or shy amateurs, the police officers of Zug, a Swiss city in the north of the country, wanted to convey a little good humor in this world of brutes. A delayed Christmas present, on video, four good minutes during which the “chickens” waved their wings.

Get as many smiles as possible

Customs officers, dog handlers, CRS … All the professions of the trade have given themselves to offer a show on Jerusalem, the title of the South African Master KG, chosen to punctuate this seduction operation. And we can say that the smile comes quite naturally when we see the hips moving harmoniously with the weapons of service. A successful initiative, taking into account the six million views since the video’s publication on January 13.

“The objective of our video is to extract as many smiles as possible from the population, just for the time of a song”, said Frank Kleiner, spokesperson for the Zug police, to The Geneva Tribune . «It is obvious to us that the current situation, with the coronavirus pandemic, is proving difficult for many people. And we want to show that the police officers are quite normal people.In Switzerland, 8,000 people have died from Covid.

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From the sidewalks to the Paris Olympics, the crazy rise of breakdance

DECRYPTION – Born in the Bronx in the 1970s, this discipline conquered the French suburbs then all layers of society, until it conquered the Opera. In 2024, it joined for the first time the Olympic Games organized in the capital.

It was a street culture, it has become a mass culture. The breakdance, this dance inseparable from hip-hop, born on a sidewalk in the Bronx fifty years ago, has become institutionalized. Brands have taken it up in their advertising, and the world of culture, the Paris Opera in the lead, thinks they have found a way to modernize themselves and attract a younger audience. A phenomenon much more sprawling than it seems since we will soon come to admire the freezes, footworks and other movements of breakdancing dancers during the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. How, then, this popular style, whose identity still hesitates between art and sport, has it been able to rise to the rank of Olympic discipline?

In the early 1970s, in the Bronx, New York’s black ghetto plagued by unemployment, a few young people tried to counter boredom by expressing themselves with the only weapons they had: body, mind, and children. city ​​walls. Hip-hop culture was born. The

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Oldest Roman armor in history discovered in Germany

ARCHEOLOGY – The breastplate of a soldier killed during the battle of Teutoburg, in 9 AD, is in an excellent state of preservation.

One of the victims of the battle of the Teutoburg Forest resurfaces 2000 years later. The armor of a Roman legionary who had been executed by the German enemy was found at the site of “Varus disaster”, Where three legions of the Empire had been demolished in the year 9. In 2018, archaeologists working in Kalkriese, Germany, found the Roman cuirass by probing the ground with a metal detector. When the machine was packed, the researchers had no idea that this was the oldest and most intact armor ever discovered. The armor belonged to a soldier who took part in this battle, one of the most scorching defeats in the history of the empire. More than 20,000 soldiers – 15,000 legionnaires and 5,000 auxiliaries – under the command of Publius Quinctilius Varus – had been massacred or enslaved.

Once the block of earth from which the signals from the metal detector had been extracted, the archaeologists X-rayed it. The objective was not to expose the metal parts that were potentially contained in the open air, thus taking the risk of seeing them oxidize. During this analysis, they discovered in the sediments the Roman armor, in excellent condition. “This is a model known as lorica segmentata, explains Yann Le Bohec, specialist in Roman armies, in Science and the Future . Representations of this articulated breastplate, worn by legionaries and Praetorian guards, can be seen on the bas-reliefs of Trajan’s Column in Rome. It consisted of a series of iron plates interconnected by hinges and leather straps which allowed adjustments and adaptation of the armor to the morphology of each person.

The armor found in Teutoburg. Photo Rebekka Kuiter (Kal-01) and Hermann Pentermann

A possible fugitive

Quoted by The Times, the director of the Kalkriese museum, Stefan Burmeister, believes that the armor belonged to a Roman soldier who was killed by German warriors after the battle of the Teutoburg Forest. Near the shoulders was indeed a shrew, an object used to restrain the wrists of a prisoner. “To avoid the dishonor of defeat and enslavement, a number of Roman soldiers committed suicide in Teutoburg. Of those who survived, some tried to escape, but all were caught.», Continues Yann Le Bohec to Science and the Future. The soldier in the armor may have been one of these fugitives.

Experts examining the breastplate concluded that the craftsmanship of the time was sharper than expected. Considering the value of this armor, however, they wonder why the German warriors would not have looted it. Stefan Burmeister puts forward a hypothesis: the execution of the soldier could have been a sacred ritual. “Perhaps there was a ritualistic context to this situation. In this case, the body and equipment would have been untouchable», Explains the director of the German museum, still in The Times.

The story of the Battle of Teutoburg Forest is one of an ambush. Caught between a forest and the hills from which the German fighters descended without stopping, the 25,000 Roman fighters were defeated in the forest. According to the Roman historian Dion Cassius (155-235), the legionaries in the rear were ignorant of the drama that was unfolding before them. They continued to advance, the trap set by the enemy closing in on them. Overwhelmed by this berezina, their leader Publius Quinctilius Varus chooses to kill himself rather than surrender.

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Rome hopes to reopen the Domus Tiberiana to the public by the end of the year

ARCHEOLOGY – Closed for 40 years, this great archaeological complex on the Palatine Hill has just been redeveloped after a new excavation campaign.

The Roman Emperor Tiberius undoubtedly never put on the slightest sandal or dragged the slightest piece of toga in the complex that bears his name today, in Rome, on the Palatine Hill. On the other hand, there are cohorts of visitors who will soon come to walk among the remains of the Domus Tiberiana.

Italian news agency Ansa reported on Wednesday that the “House of Tiberius” area, managed by the Colosseum Archaeological Park, will be accessible to the public in the second half of the year. After forty years of closure, the reopening of the site was scheduled for spring 2021 but had to be postponed due to the health situation in Italy.

Dating largely from the time of Nero, who reigned from 54 to 68, this sector of the Palatine had been landscaped by Cardinal Alessandro Farnese in 1550, as recalled, in France, the recent exhibition organized at the museum National Archeology. Still very degraded a few years ago, the complex architectural ensemble formed by the Domus Tiberiana has been the subject of a meticulous excavation campaign and numerous restoration works carried out by a team of Roman archaeologists.

A rich archaeological history

The reopening of this complex will make it possible to inaugurate a new tour, with the enhancement of a room currently being studied by archaeologists. This is'”an intact environment, which has not been affected by the excavations of the XVIIIe century, nor by those of the XIXe ”, Explained to Ansa the director of the Park, Alfonsina Russo, referring in particular to the excavations carried out in this same sector by Pietro Rosa on behalf of Napoleon III.

Without being as rich as the ancient excavations, the recent prospecting of the Domus Tiberiana has also brought to light the density of the archaeological mille-feuille that still constitutes the Palatine today. The perimeter of the excavation revealed, over the strata, a Farnesian dumping ground made up of the remains of 17th century banquets.e century, a small medieval mass grave composed of seven remains from the 13the century, a monetary group of the VIIe century, as well as an oil lamp from the 4the century impeccably preserved in its wall niche. So many objects intended to enrich the collections of the Palatine Museum, and the six rooms of the “House” specially fitted out for the occasion.

The upcoming reopening of the complex attributed to Tiberius comes at a time when the Italian Ministry of Culture has just launched a call for tenders for major works to come in the center of the Colosseum. The Colosseum Archaeological Park welcomed 7.5 million visitors in 2019.


Photography downgraded within the Ministry of Culture

This government definitely has a serious problem with images and photography. Let us judge: it was on the sly that the morning of December 31 was published in Official newspaper a decree reorganizing the Ministry of Culture relegating the delegation to photography to the rank of a simple “office”. A sub-category in the ministerial arcana.

After seeing its freedom to inform abused in the streets by the global security law, photography now sees its status taking a serious blow. It took years for Culture, gradually realizing the importance of the stakes and the difficulties of a profession in the process of impoverishment, ended up creating a department within it which is dedicated to it, in the same way. as dance, music or theater. The initiative launched by Frédéric Mitterrand had taken five years to materialize under Françoise Nyssen. It is finally swept aside three years later by Roselyne Bachelot.

The National Center of Photography

Photographers and agencies have however multiplied the forums to alert the public authorities and we have extensively relayed them in our pages. To try to understand the evils which gnaw the profession, the governments successively launched assizes, observatories and recently a “parliament of photography”. The response to this commotion is scathing: photography is relegated to the rank of a sub-category, a sub-art. At least, that has the merit of closing this eternal debate: is photography an art? The photographer Gustave Legray, founder of the Société française de photographie, which took part in the first major French order in 1851 (the heliographic mission), expressed the wish that “Photography, instead of falling into the domain of industry, of commerce, falls into that of art”. He has to turn around in his grave and all the photographers with him. Yet an obvious solution is before our eyes.

No need to make umpteenth reports or other commissions. The observation is obvious and already known for a long time: a strong organization is needed for this artistic expression of which France is the cradle. There is still time to recreate the National Center for Photography, modeled on the National Center for Cinematography (CNC) to support creation and its dissemination, and to have a real tool for developing public policy. Last May, Emmanuel Macron promised a large-scale national order, but beyond this broken promise, it is a global and sustainable funding and dissemination system that must be put in place. The CNC saved French cinema, there is still time to save photography and the growing economic potential in a digital world which cannot exist without images and therefore without its image producers.

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2000-year-old child’s grave and offerings found near Clermont-Ferrand

About twenty containers, glass vases, the milk tooth of another child, a dog and its bell collar were found around this mysterious burial excavated by Inrap.

A child’s grave “exceptional», 2000 years old, was discovered near Clermont-Ferrand airport, in Aulnat (Puy-de-Dôme), announced Thursday the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap). About a year old, the young deceased was buried at the beginning of the 1st century in a wooden coffin 80 centimeters long “revealed by the presence of numerous nails and an ornamental iron plate», Specifies Inrap in a press release.

This discovery took place in December as part of preventive excavations carried out by archaeologists from Inrap on the prescription of the State and the Drac Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, upstream of the installation of a living base of construction site at the airport.

Numerous offerings to the deceased were unearthed around the coffin: about twenty containers and pieces of butchery including half a pig, three hams, other portions of pork and two decapitated hens. Miniature vases and glass balsamaria probably containing cosmetic or medicinal products have also been discovered.

The collar of a dog with a bell

This burial is “atypical in view of the profusion of vases and offerings. In this type of tomb, one or two vases are often found at the foot. Here there are about twenty, as well as abundant food deposits“, Told AFP Laurence Lautier, head of the airport searches. This “reflects a certain social status, a family certainly very rich», She added.

Archaeologists have also unearthed an iron hoop associated with a metal rod, in fact a game “which existed at the time but had not been discovered in a burial“, according to her. Near the child, a dog skeleton was also found in “an accompanying grave“. Such an association was common at the time, but the discovery of the animal’s collar and its bell “are very new», Underlines Inrap. Finally, a deposit “as small as it was moving was placed on a shell fragment: a baby tooth lost by an older child, possibly that of a brother or sister of the young deceased».

The burials of young Gallo-Roman children are often located outside the community funeral space and sometimes even near the family hearth, details the institute. This discovery “gives us indications on the interpretation of buildings located nearby, certainly a villa», Explained Laurence Lautier.
Carried out over 3.5 hectares, the excavations reveal habitats from the Iron Age, Antiquity, the High Middle Ages and modern times. Started in November, they are due to end in February.

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How Georges Pernoud sailed to success

Each week, in partnership with the Madelen platform, find an archive treasure. In homage to the television man who has just passed away at 73, the platform traces the fate of the man who will forever be associated with the “Thalassa” program.

It was at a time that television journalists under the age of 20 cannot know: when we went on a report accompanied by a cameraman. At the end of the 1960s, Georges Pernoud was one of the most requested cameramen, especially when it came to filming in the heart of high-risk countries, in sometimes delicate situations.

He thus filmed, with Haroun Tazieff, erupting volcanoes in Zaire. He tells it in a documentary produced in 2015 by Simon Thisse and Amélie Piecoup, on the occasion of Thalassa’s fortieth anniversary. The day after his death, Madelen pays homage to him through the story of a unique adventure in the history of television.

Find here this documentary which traces a life in the service of television.

It began in September 1973, on the occasion of a report for the magazine “24 heures sur la une”. For 46 days and 45 nights, Pernoud films the crew of the “33 Export”, one of the competitors in the Round the World Sailing, between Portsmouth and Cape Town. On November 25, he passes exceptionally to the other side of his camera, telling in “24 heures sur la 2”, the 20-hour newspaper, the disappearance of a young sailor, Dominique Guillet, carried away by a wave.

Back on dry land, he says to Monique, his wife: “Water is everywhere, but nobody talks about it on television.” Thinking it was a joke, she bursts out laughing. His thinking is nevertheless very serious. At a time when ecology is not relevant, Pernoud said to himself that there might be a universe to explore. He talks about it to his father, who offers him a title: “Thalassa”! We could not ask for a better symbol. It symbolizes the sea in the Greek divinity.

In 48 hours, Georges writes a project which he transmits to Maurice Cazeneuve, director of programs at FR 3. The latter, a passionate Hellenist, is as much won over by the title as by the idea. It gives the green light for six monthly thirty-minute programs, on a trial basis. No one, starting with the producer, imagines that the adventure that began on September 27, 1975, will end on June 30, 2017, after 1704 issues. The absolute record for longevity in the history of the small screen! In voiceover, during the first five seasons, Pernoud begins to appear on the screen when the appointment becomes weekly. Not to play the stars but to worthily represent those he calls the “Needy of the sea”. First broadcast in the second part of the evening, the first magazine of the sea is, from 1989, the essential prime time of Friday evening. The unmissable event for lovers of the sea.

Georges Pernoud, host of the France 3 magazine devoted to the sea, “Thalassa”, poses aboard the sailboat “Le Marité” anchored in Port-Vendres, on January 13, 2004, before the final preparations for the special edition which organizes in multiplex and live, the solidarity of seafarers towards the victims of the tsunami off the coast of the Bay of Bengal, January 14, 2004. RAYMOND ROIG / AFP

Georges Pernoud’s name now figures prominently in a Pantheon of French Families, alongside his namesake, who was editor-in-chief of Paris Match, and her aunts, the historian Régine Pernoud and Laurence Pernoud, whose childcare books I am expecting a child and I am raising my child have become classics. On the other hand, the producer of “Thalassa” was never a model child. At school he proclaimed himself “World champion of the mob”. Null in mathematics, he multiplied the 20/20, thanks to tricks of which he kept the secret. It’s called leading your teachers on a boat …

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