Released in 1990, “La Gloire de mon Père” by Yves Robert, and its sequel, “Le Château de ma mère” are huge popular hits. And for many spectators, real Proust madeleines. However, at the time of the theatrical release, Philippe Caubère, the interpreter of Joseph Pagnol, was very angry with the director. Find out why.
The Glory of my Father: for the love of Pagnol
In the summer of 1990, a wind of nostalgia blows through French cinemas. Indeed, The glory of my father hits theaters in August, followed by My mother’s castle in October. These two films directed by Yves Robert are adapted from the first two Childhood memories by Marcel Pagnol, published in 1957. They look back on the latter’s first years, and particularly on his holidays in the Aubagne hills, past the Bastide Neuve. In the casting, we find Julien Ciamaca in the role of Marcel as a child, Philippe Caubère and Nathalie Roussel in the roles of Joseph and Augustine Pagnol.
Philippe Caubère: his quarrel with Yves Robert
Philippe Caubère therefore plays the role of Joseph Pagnol on two occasions. At the time of filming The glory of my father,, Yves Robert assures him that he is the star of the film. Otherwise Philippe Caubère, great theater actor, would probably not have accepted the role.
Yet, at the time of the film’s theatrical release, the actor wanted some terribly to the director. Indeed, he reproaches the latter for having betrayed him, and for having lied to him about the importance of his role. The real star of the film is Marcel, not Joseph.
In making-of video recently shared on Facebook, we can indeed hear Philippe Caubère and Yves Robert talking about this quarrel, which lasted for some time.
He called me 10 days before it came out. He told me “you betrayed me”. I asked him why, he told me “because the hero is the little boy, it’s not me”.
declared Yves Robert.
He told me “you will be in the spotlight”. When the movie came out, I found out it wasn’t true. So me, as I am an actor, I took it badly. It took me a few years to realize that I had reacted like a jerk. That I was wrong. And that he had done his job, and that he was right to rip me off. And we reconciled. But it was very hard to reconcile with him.
had for his part entrusted Philippe Caubère.