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The curtain has fallen for the last time on a “sacred monster” of cinema and theater ... Remember him in 1987 greeted by his peers and his mother at the dress rehearsal of the play "Kean" for a final standing ovation.
60 years ago, France rejuvenated with the arrival of baby boomers. Almost a quarter of the French population joined the school benches starting their school year. Alone or with their brothers and sisters, serious or late, the students had no choice but to go back to school, even if some tried to escape at the last minute in front of the Eclair operator’s cameras ! We wish an excellent back to school to the students of 2020, with a smile and the necessary physical distance...
Claude Brasseur left us to find his friends in Heaven. At the Brasseur’s, comedy has been a family affair since 1820. In 1984, for Sygma's cameras, we met Alexandre, son of Claude, grandson of Pierre, and future actor. Claude Brasseur then talked about his family vocation.
Caroline Cellier went to find Jean Poiret in the firmament of the actors. Went through the Cours Simon to go directly to the Parisians et provincial stages, Caroline Cellier had chosen theater instead of cinema, even if this one reserved for her very beautiful roles of woman at all the ages and awarded her a best supporting actress in 1985. And it was also in 1985 that Sygma Agency followed Caroline and Jean to the Venice carnival where France was in the spotlight.
Sean Connery passed away on Halloween at the honorable age of 90. Unforgettable first James Bond, great Untouchable, Sean Connery was above all a Scotman. Sygm’as reporters followed him to his homeland during the filming of Highlander, without a kilt because he plays a Spaniard, but in a haunted castle as is the custom in these lands. He will always remain Immortal for us.
A little bird is gone, after 93 years made of existentilism, freedom, cinema and songs. From Saint Germain des Prés to Ramatuelle, she walked her black hair on stage until her 89th spring. In 1966, in a filmed portrait made by Pathé, Juliette talks about men, and her daily wonder being alive.
Annie Cordy passed away this week-end at the age of 92. After have been queen of Lido at the star of her Parisian career, this Belgian by birth and French by adoption is promoted Queen of white wine upon her return from Canada in 1960, by his fellow Jean Richard in verve of compliments in front of the cameras of the Eclair operators.
Colleagues and friends since the 60’s, Guy Bedos and Jean-Loups Dabadie died four days apart on this May 2020. It’s been nearly 35 years ago, in 1985, that they meet up together under the sigma cameras to celebrate a four-hands-written show, the first Guy Bedos’s Cirque d’hiver
HAPPY EASTER !
Boris Vian was born on 1920 the 10th of March in Ville d’Avray. He will have gone through a war and barely half a century, but with what splendor ! In 1952, the dashing thirty-something was chased by Geneviève Page…
When a Gardois meets a Charolaise... It happens at the Porte de Versailles, where the famous French Agricultural Competition took place for the first time in 1925 inaugurated by President Gaston Doumergue. In 1964, it will become the International Agricultural Exhibition. Welcome, calves, cows, pigs !
More than 100 years ago in Chamonix, we climbed the slopes without a drag lift, we were skiing in skirts, and the springboards were not protected. Live winter sports !
The last icon of Hollywood, Kirk Douglas, passed away at the age of 103. He leaves behind a wife, three children and 95 films, TV movies and series in nearly 60 years of career. In 1986, as he had shot “Tough guys” with Burt Lancaster, he entrusted to a Sygma reporter his joy to be an actor.
This is Crêpes Day!
Michou, the prince of Parisian’s nights, just bowed out. Discover his intimate side in front of the camera of Jean Luret, in a great interview he made ten years ago.
Maybe a letter would be better, the old santa doesn't seem to hear very well...We've heard that is looking for a translator for these charming little girls' requests. Anyone?
Cyclism is mourning for Raymond Poulidor, who died today at the age of 83. Filmmaker Jean Luret met him several times, and specially followed up on the Tour de France 2012 to meet his fans.
On November 9th 1989 the Berlin Wall falls after more than 28 years of existence. On November 10th 1989 the citizens of the GDR are warmly welcomed by the people of West Berlin. Guten Morgen! and handshakes are exchanged on these very moving images shot by Thierry Morel (TYM Video Production).
Emblematic Mayor of Paris, Prime Minister several times, President of the French Republic, in fifty years of politics Jacques Chirac will have represented, whether we like him or not, “a certain idea of France”, as General de Gaulle said.
To learn the alphabet, no matter where you learn, and on St Louis Island in 1932, when there is no room at school, we teach in an old shop. Welcome back everyone !
When the sporting Companies FEMINA and ACADEMIA met to Elisabeth Stadium in 1919 (Gaumont newsreel 1951GJ 00002).
The European elections will take place on 25 and 26 May in France. Forty years ago, the citizens of the member countries voted for the first time, and the children of 1979 had strong views on the construction of Europe...
On the night of March 29 to 30, UK will officially leave the European Union. Our British cousins have settled there almost 3 years by referendum, but 45 years ago, in 1974, the question was already on the agenda, during the economic crisis raging in the country. At the time, the Labor Party was for leaving the UE, as illustrated by this interview of one of their representatives, from Gaumont Collection...
Agnès Varda s'est éteinte cette nuit, elle a rejoint son compagnon Jacques Demy au firmament des étoiles du cinéma français. En 1965, Maurice Pialat la suivait sur le tournage de son huitième film, "Les créatures", pour les Chroniques de France produites par Pathé.
Paris is sad on this beginning of October, the one who sang it in August just bowed out. We hoped Charles Aznavour could reach 100 years old, in more than 70 years of career he took us around the Earth and sang love in 6 languages. Great tribute to the great Sir Carnival he was, his Bohème will be missed.
The comedian Jean Rochefort passed away. He went on to join Victor Lanoux in Paradise and leaves behind his audience and fellow actors. Join him in this Sygma TV document to discover where he made his first experience at the Conservatoire, talking about his life choices and his theatrical friends.
Simone Veil’s words about her deputee’s fight for woman’s body belongs to her own… at last.
Hourra, OURY. SPEAKER. Nouveau tandem du cinéma Français, Victor LANOUX Pierre RICHARD. Un film, " LA CARAPATE ". Un metteur en scène, Gérard OURY. ( Extrait film en tournage ) Foule C R SS. C R S SS. OURY. Plutôt vers là, plutôt vers là. Vers là, mais au ras de l'aile de la SIMCA, là. Voilà, hein. Oui. Il y a une histoire qui est celle d'un avocat en mai 1968. Mais, idéalement, le casting se trouvait être pour le rôle de l'avocat, Pierre RICHARD et, pour le rôle du dr ...
Isabelle Huppert is nominated this year for the best actress Oscars. We wish her as much success as Simone Signoret who, in 1960, became one of the rare French winner of this status.
Gaumont Pathé Archives team wishes you an happy new year!
Like every year, Santa Claus is ready and waiting to accomplish everyone’s wishes. We hope you were wise, and wish you a happy festive season and shoes filled with presents !
In 1964, after successfull completion of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro gives us his recipe for perfect lasagna as he’s leading his men into battle. His secret ingredient, it’s béchamel !
Leonard Cohen, Canadian songwriter, poet, novelist and painter, passed away the 7th of November. It’s a sensitive and full artist who leaves us, especially a voice that we’ll never forget. In 1988, he was filmed for the song’s clip "First we take Manhattan", in front of her partner’s camera, the photographer Dominique Issermann.
November 3rd 2016, is the World Kindness day. Created in 2009 in France, maybe we can find its origin in 1951, when Paris was starting its "crusade for kindness".
As every year, All Saints' Day is November 1st . On this occasion, Eclair Journal takes us to a tour of Parisian cemeteries and famous graves.
David Bowie in 1983 in Cannes Film Festival. "An artist, Artisticly, should put himself in dangerous area".
Here are few advices to spend your energy after Christmas and New Year's Eve. (from reference 5712GJ 00007)
On the occasion of the Christmas season, Parisian luxury trades present us a choice of charming and original gifts. Are you tempted?(from reference 3651EJ 26532)
The Grand Palais celebrates "l'enfant terrible de la mode" with an exhibition from April 1st to August 3rd 2015. Here in 1998, he spoke about the designer he would be 20 years later. (from reference 2009JL 00026 - Jean Luret Collection)
Tribute to Roger Hanin
Born on January 21st 1905, he would have turned 110. Happy Birthday Mr Christian Dior. (from reference 5533GJ 00001)
Anita Ekberg in the Trevi Fountain in Roma, on the set of the famous scene from "La Dolce Vita" (from reference 5900ENU54182)
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