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Claude lelouch, the famous director, came to present to the Mans (Sarthe) at the Pathé aux Jacobins cinema, this Wednesday 22 December 2021, his 50th film “Love is better than life”.
Should we still present Claude Lelouch? At 84 years old, he is an icon of French cinema with behind him an immense career as a director crowned with a list of distinctions as long as the arm with in particular the gold palm of the 1966 Cannes Festival.
Love, friendship and money
His love for cinema comes to light in the film “Love is better than life”. In the real Tour de France of the previews that he has undertaken, he continues to testify …
The best times of my life have been when I’ve been in love with something or someone. I have lived a good part of my life with the cinema. In 60 years, I have made 50 films and being in love I didn’t feel like I was working. Things are simpler. The three great obsessions of humanity are love, friendship and … money. The big problem is money which pollutes love and friendship stories, but at the same time it can fix things.
A love affair with … the 24 Hours of Le Mans
His visit to Le Mans this Wednesday, December 22, 2021 was brief, very brief… Barely half an hour. As dazzling as a pit stop during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
If he had stayed a little longer he certainly would have had a lot to say about his memories of Sarthe and the most famous endurance race in the world. On the occasion of the filming Le Mans, We see it in discussion with Steve McQueen on the forecourt of Ricordeau in Loué .
We also owe him a 15-minute short film entitled “24 heures d’amants” produced in 1964 and whose synopsis states that it is about a couple who live a love story in the forest while the 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The world is small !
Beatrice Dalle in the casting
A spectator present this Wednesday asked him if he had already visited the Old Mans very courted by the directors for shootings. The response has been evasive. It must be said that his intervention was focused on the presentation of his new film which will be officially released on January 19, 2022 before joining Normandy where two other premieres were scheduled in Mondeville and Yvetot.
In this film, the cast looks great with Sandrine Bonnaire, Gérard Darmon, Ary Abittan or even Philippe Lellouche and also a certain Béatrice Dalle. Born in Brest, she grew up in Le Mans!
His mother, who still lives in the Sablons district, was in the room to preview the film.
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Director Claude Lelouch talks about love at the Pathé Le Mans cinema, but what are his links with the city?