8, FILMMAKING IN FRENCH STYLE

French film always gathered full movie theatres not only in Cannes, but also in numerous cinemas and village clubs scattered all over the vast USSR. It was time when one and the same film was shown almost for half a year in one cinema and people went to see it ten times or even more! If Pierre Richard had lived in the USSR he surely would have become the Peoples Artist of the USSR because he was and is still loved as no other French actor. It would be untrue to say that the comedy film The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe is the most popular film in the USSR as other Richards films are also extremely popular in our country. La Chèvre (Knock on Wood), Le Coup du parapluie (The Umbrella Coup), Le Jouet (The Toy) its hard to name them all! Many people are nostalgic about the time when these films were released on the screen In the 70-s the films about love story of beautiful Angelique were perhaps one of the most affecting sights for the Soviet viewers. In order to buy a ticket for Angelique people had to line up to the cinema box-office almost from the very morning. Robert Hossein is a serious theatrical director who staged Dostoevsky, Chekhov and many other great authors, but over 40 years the whole world knows him only as Joffrey de Peyrac, husband of beautiful Angelique Michèle Mercier. Its amazing: the Soviet Union exists no more, those girls, who went to see the first run of the films about Angelique with fluttering hearts, have become grandmothers, but these films are still popular and well-loved. With the participation of: Joel Chapron, member of selection team for East European films at the Cannes Film Festival; Pierre Richard, actor, director; Robert Hossein, actor, director; Michèle Mercier, actress; Anouk Aimée, actress; Thierry Frémaux, General Director of the Cannes Film Festival; Jean Francoise Roger, General Director of Cinémathèque française (French Cinemateque).