While French cinema mourns the disappearance of Gaspard Ulliel at the age of 37, France 3 broadcasts this evening “A long engagement Sunday”, which had allowed the actor to win a first César. Back on his preparation for the film.
Tonight, in tribute to Gaspard Ulliel, who died this week at the age of 37 following a serious skiing accident, France 3 is rebroadcasting A Long Engagement Sunday. Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film, released in 2004, offered the young French actor one of his first major roles on the big screen, and above all a César for Best Male Hope.
Only 17 years old when he played Manech – a young soldier living the hell of the trenches during the First World War – Gaspard Ulliel, in an interview from France 3’s 12-14 magazine, produced shortly before the release of the feature film (and relayed by theINA), had mentioned particularly intense and exciting tests, much more demanding than usual:
“It’s a pleasure to try out with Jean-Pierre”, he said. “It’s the first time I’ve done such interesting tests, that is to say real work sessions of two or three hours, where you really have the impression of being directed as if on a set. We even had costumes, accessories, which is quite rare when you try out in France (…). It’s a very good memory and it’s flattering to pass these stages.”
Even if the history lessons were probably still quite fresh in the memory of the young actor at the time of filming, he was able to expand his knowledge thanks to a book which the filmmaker had recommended to him:
“I had some notions, the notions that we learn especially at school”, confided thus Gaspard ulliel. “I had perhaps read a few other works on the subject. But I know that Jean-Pierre had insisted that all the actors read a book called “Les carnets de guerre” by Louis Barthas, which is a journal of war. It is a reference for the historians of this period. It allowed me to discover many things, many new aspects of this war, and especially at the level of the daily life of the soldiers.”
(Re)discover our interview with Gaspard Ulliel for “Juste La Fin Du Monde”…