Alexandre Astier is in the spotlight on the LaCinetek site. The author of “Kaamelott” has unveiled the list of his fifty favorite films on the streaming platform.
Kaamelottfrom small to big screen
Alexandre Astier became famous in the eyes of the French public thanks to Kaamelott (2005-2009). What began as “a simple” series of sketches around the universe of King Arthur, became a real phenomenon. A cult work that evolved over the seasons, becoming more and more ambitious and even changing format. To get an idea of the impact of the series in popular culturejust look at all these lines repeated on a daily basis like the famous “It is not false” of Karadoc and Perceval.
While telling his story, about the small and now the big screen with Kaamelott: First part, Alexandre Astier was also able to have fun reinjecting more or less known elements from cinema (and elsewhere) into his work. One thinks in particular of his reference to Heat during a discussion between Arthur and Lancelot, or even funny reference to Star Wars and Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber.
In this, Kaamelott is already some proof of the cinephilia of its author. But to find out a little more about his cinematographic tastes, Alexandre Astier revealed his list of favorite movies at LaCinetek.
The 50 films of Alexadre Astier
To accompany his recommendations, Alexandre Astier writes:
I would rather be “a hundred times a film” than “a hundred times once”. (…) I don’t always see them in full. Bits, often. Sometimes, I don’t even see them at all, I quote them to myself, I invoke them. They act as a reference, schooling, bible… And a small refuge.
Among the films he highlights for the streaming platform, there is everything, but only good. To start with Jaws (1974), which he defines as “a perfect theatrical camera“. Other great American works of the 1970s also include The Three Days of the Condor (1974) or even Journey to the End of Hell (1978).
From the 1990s, Alexandre Astier highlights these great authors who are Brian de Palma (The Impasse in 1993), Clint Eastwood (Ruthless in 1992) or Joel Coen (The Big Lebowski in 1998). And as far as blockbuster cinema is concerned, a bit of Star Warsobviously, but episode 3 Revenge of the Sith. An original choice but that we fully validate.
Of course, it’s not just for Americans, France is also well represented in this list with several films by Henri Verneuil and Bertrand Blier, as well as very famous comedies like Megalomania (1971) and Santa is garbage (1982).
The complete list of Alexandre Astier’s favorite films is to be discovered on the site of LaCinetekwhich also offers as a bonus three videos in which he presents Old timers, Today’s Remains and Jaws.