The little secrets of the 7th company

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We found the 7th company

Behind the scenes of the trilogy which had triumphed in theaters before hitting every TV broadcast. Like tonight on TF1?

An original idea by Robert Lamoureux

At the beginning of The 7th Company, there is a man. Robert Lamoureux. A superstar of the scene who had already been a hit in the cinema, (Dad, mom, the maid and me and its 3.7 million admissions, the Arsène Lupin under the direction of Jacques Becker then Yves Robert…) and directed two feature films as acclaimed by the public as they are hated by the critics (lovely and Here is the brunette) in the 50s and 60s. Then he moved away from the cinema for 13 years before resurfacing with a very simple idea but not really adaptable to the theater: the comical misadventures of two soldiers and their staff sergeant, lost in the middle of nature, during the debacle of June 1940. He had the ear of one of the king producers of the time, Alain Poiré who, within Gaumont, had just chained Megalomania and The tall blonde with a black shoe. Poiré had flair: But where did the 7th company go? brings together 3.9 million admissions. Either the third biggest success of 1973 behind Rabbi Jacob and My name is Nobody.

Aldo Maccione’s demands

In the role of soldier Tassin, Aldo Maccione is one of the pillars of the first episode of The 7th Company but is absent from the second, We found the 7th company. Partly because his favorite on-set pastime – cracking jokes and creating repetitive fits of giggles on set – tended to kick Robert Lamoureux’s system. But above all for contract issues: following the success of the first episode, the actor revealed two years earlier by Claude Lelouch in The thug will try to renegotiate his salary upwards. Poiré and Gaumont will remain inflexible. He will be replaced by Henri Guybet

The rise of Jean-Marie Poiré

Not credited to the screenplay of the first part, Jean-Marie Poiré, Alain’s son, appears in the light from the second episode. Already an assistant on Oscar by Edouard Molinaro and screenwriter alongside Michel Audiard (Don’t take God’s children for wild ducks…) and Georges Lautner (A few too quiet gentlemen…), he finds himself officially associated with the screenplay and the dialogues ofWe found the 7th company then The 7th Moonlight Company where the characters will be propelled from 1940 to 1942, from the debacle to the resistance. The latter was released in 1977, the same year when the future director of Visitors began his directing career with Little hugs.

The arrival of Gérard Jugnot

The carton ofWe found the 7th company (again third in the 1975 box office – behind The Infernal Tower and fear over the city – with 3.7 million entries) mathematically leads to a third component: The 7th Moonlight Company. But, let’s go, Tornado Stone, Eric Collin and Robert Dalban disappear from the cast, replaced in particular by André Pousse, Jean Carmet and Gérard Jugnot. Already a pillar of the Bande du Splendid, we have seen him appear in many small roles since 1973 (The Valseuses, Let the party begin, The Judge and the Assassin, The toy, The tenant…). But The 7th Moonlight Company will mark an almost final point at this period in its journey. From the following year, the carton of tanned will change his destiny which will lead him four times in front of the Poiré camera: Little hugs, Great comeback, Santa Clause is garbage and Grandpa resists.

A fourth episode nipped in the bud

The 7th Moonlight Company suffered a sharp drop in admissions compared to its two predecessors (1.7 million admissions, “only” the 12th success of the year). But what does it matter, the aircraft manufacturer and producer (The party…) Marcel Dassault wants a sequel. And even an idea: the meeting between the 7th company and Frankenstein! But Robert Lamoureux decides to throw in the towel. He will never return to directing and will only reappear in the cinema once, in Kings’ day of Marie-Claude Treilhou in 1991. He died in 2011 at the age of 91

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