After the successes of “But where is the 7th company?” and “We found the 7th company”, the director Robert Lamoureux concluded the trilogy in 1977 with the last part “The 7th company in the moonlight”. A film in which we find in particular a certain Gérard Jugnot, who does not keep a very good memory of the shooting.
The 7th Moonlight Company : end of the trilogy
The 1970s were a golden era for French comedy with many films which will become classics of the genre. Among them are But where did the 7th go? company ? which was released in 1973. Directed by Robert Lamoureux (who also plays the role of Colonel Blanchet), the film made an impression. Indeed, in the 1970s, the traumas of the Second World War were still very present in Europe. The film, which returns with humor to tragic events, therefore does not go unnoticed. It ranks 3rd at the French box office the year of its release with 3.9 million admissions.
A named suite We found the 7th company comes out two years later and also achieves the success with 3.7 million entries. Robert Lamoureux concluded his trilogy in 1977 with The 7th Moonlight Company. This will be his last film as a director, essentially pursuing the rest of his career on stage. For this last part, we find some key actors from previous films: Jean Lefebvre in the lead of course, accompanied by Pierre Mondy and Henri Guybet.
When Gérard Jugnot takes blowers
Within the cast of The 7th Moonlight Company, we find a young actor of 26 years who is not yet the essential star that we know today: Gérard Jugnot. Indeed, at that time, the actor made his scales with the Splendid troupe in which we find equally promising talents who will leave their mark on French cinema (Thierry Lhermitte, Christian Clavier, Michel Blanc, Josiane Balasko).
When Gérard Jugnot joined the cast of the latest opus of The 7th company, he is certainly an actor who already has some experience in the field (he has already played in about twenty films) but he does not yet have a great reputation. On the film set, he therefore suffered the wrath of director Robert Lamoureuxwhich he will talk about in the book It runs rough ! The tumultuous and little-known history of French cinema :
The more Robert yells at me, the less confident I am. We do 40 takes, I’m liquid. Henri Guybet reassures me by telling me that before me, it was he who was morfling and that Jean Carmet had been entitled to 45 takes the previous week.
This is obviously not the first time that the director has been criticized to behave in an intransigent and tyrannical way with its actors. Indeed, his difficult behavior resulted in the slamming of the door of a star of the time, Aldo Maccione, who was part of the cast of the first installment.
For Gerard Jugnot, the rest of his career will be much better. Indeed, alongside the rest of the Splendid troupe, he enjoyed success a year later with The Bronzed (which will get an equally famous sequel with Les Bronzés go skiing). The beginning of glory.