Five things to know about A taxi to Tobruk

The film with Charles Aznavour and Lino Ventura returns at 11:30 p.m. on France 3.

The third channel will offer this Friday a classic of French cinema, in the second part of the evening: One taxi to Tobruk, the immense popular success signed Denys de La Patellière in 1961.

Spy, rise A duel Ventura – Piccoli at the top

An anti-militarist film

October 1942. In Tobruk, a port on the Libyan coast and the scene of many battles during the Second World War, four French soldiers and their German prisoner will discover the meaning of the word solidarity, which was rarely used at court during this period. Three years after the signing of the Treaty of Rome, the idea of ​​a finally peaceful Europe is gradually gaining ground in our country. And by adapting René Havard’s novel, Denys de la Patellière avoids all the anti-German clichés that have risen exponentially in French cinema since the end of the Second World War. And he signs an anti-militarist work partly inspired by a true story: that lived by two German and Danish soldiers, enemies joining together to survive in 1943 in the heart of Greenland where they had lost their way.

Audiard’s language

When we are bent like you, we wear a sign, we warn“, “Two seated intellectuals go less far than a walking brute“, “I don’t like to think backwards. I leave that to the lopes and the crayfish“… We no longer count the replicas ofOne taxi to Tobruk passed down to posterity. And behind these, we find a master of the genre, Michel Audiard, particularly fruitful at the start of the 1960s when he chained Baron de l’Ecluse, The old people of the day before, President… and the unforgettable A monkey in winter. With never-ending inspiration.

A relocated filming

A Taxi for Tobruk Although it was an anti-militarist plea, it suffered the brunt of the colonial conflicts then in progress in North Africa and in particular the war in Algeria. As no insurance company was ready to support filming in this region of the planet, that of Denys de la Patellière had to be relocated to the south-east of Spain, to a desert region near Almeria, a place which would become the kingdom of the spaghetti western and where David Lean set up his cameras the following year to lawrence of arabia.

Azavour on screen… and music

1960 was a landmark year in the career of Charles Aznavour, an actor, since he played two of his major roles: the bar pianist of Shoot the pianist of François Truffaut and Samuel Goldman, one of the two intellectuals of the French commando ofOne taxi to Tobruk against Lino Ventura and Maurice Biraud. And, on this occasion, he also wrote and performed the song The walk of the angels composed by the author of the soundtrack of the film, Georges Garvarentz who is none other than… the husband of his sister Aïda. Together, soon after, they will sign hits like hold back the night for Johnny Hallyday and The most beautiful to go dancing for Sylvie Vartan.

A box in theaters

Grand Prize for French Cinema 1961, A taxi to Tobruk brought together 4,946,000 spectators. Either the biggest French success of this year and the number 4 box office behind 101 dalmatians, The cannons of Navarone and The Magnificent Seven. But in front Spartacus and Don Camillo Monsignor.

One hundred thousand dollars in the sun: cult lines, a starry cast

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