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Monday March 29 TV program: our selection


Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, charming in “How to steal a Million dollars”, Noiret, Huppert and Marielle, amazing in “Coup de


Americans in Paris

At 8:55 p.m. on Arte.

"Old-fashioned charm": the expression seems to have been invented for this film.

The charm of romance between Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole, both irresistibly handsome, playing cat and mouse.

The old-fashioned atmosphere of 1960s Paris, where "How to Steal a Million Dollars" was filmed by the great William Wyler.

The story, absurd, adds to the sparkling ...

Charles Bonnet (Hugh Griffith), a wealthy collector, lends one of his statues to a Parisian museum for an exhibition.

But in reality, he is a genius forger, and his works are copies he made.

His daughter, Nicole (Audrey Hepburn), worried about an upcoming expertise of the statue which could reveal the trick, decides to go outright steal the sculpture from the museum, with the help of Simon (Peter O'Toole), private detective who investigates her father but whom she takes for a master of the burglary.

Their long night of waiting at the museum will turn out to be full of surprises, especially with regard to their relationship… What lightness, what happiness!

Everything is improbable, but what does it matter since the plot multiplies the twists and turns.

What a pleasure, too, to see these Americans interpret pure French.

We are also served in terms of nostalgia, with all these great French leading or supporting roles - Charles Boyer, Marcel Dalio, Mustache ... - never stingy with a joke, and these scenes where the police force tumbles in Citroën Tube or in Dauphine.

Which forms a stunning contrast to those where the two heroes crisscross the capital in yellow Jaguar E Type ... A real remedy against the gloomy environment ...


“How to Steal a Million Dollars”

, detective comedy by William Wyler (1966), with Audrey Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Elli Wallach, Hugh Griffith… (2:03).


Stroke of genius

Philippe Noiret in the role of the sinister and diabolical cop, is also for a lot in the success of the film.

Studio Canal / Les Films de la Tour / Films A2 / Little Bear

At 8:50 p.m. in France 5.

At the end of the 1930s, in a small colonial town in Senegal, a French policeman, laughed at by everyone because he was lymphatic, cowardly and without authority, gradually came out of his lethargy by deciding to kill himself. revenge itself.

He murders both the thugs and his mistresses, manipulating each other to make it appear that they are killing each other ...

Astonishing transposition into Africa of a cult and somber novel by Jim Thompson ("1275 Ames"), "Coup de torchon" is a master stroke for Bertrand Tavernier, as it marvelously mixes cynicism, suspense and reflection on the subject. disintegration of the colonies on the eve of the Second World War.

Staggering in the role of the sinister and diabolical cop, Philippe Noiret is also for a lot in the success of the film.

The rest of the cast lines up some of the greatest actors and actresses of the time, such as Isabelle Huppert or Jean-Pierre Marielle.

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“Coup de torchon”

, French drama by Bertrand Tavernier (1981), with Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Stéphane Audran… (2h10)


Alice's travels

At 9:05 p.m. on Culturebox.

Between imagination and memory, there is the territory of dreams and those who inhabit them.

In those, rather animated, of Alice, we meet the usual tenants, the Queen, the rabbit "in a hurry", the cat with the broad smile, the caterpillar, a sort of psychedelic and enigmatic diva, or the Mad Hatter, but also Little Red Riding Hood and his big bad wolf, or Pinocchio.

In "Alice & other Wonders", followed by "Alice traverses the mirror", two shows written by Fabrice Melquiot and directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Motta at the Théâtre de la Ville, we are invited to a sacred journey by his side, a “trip” in the colorful world of Lewis Carroll.

One foot in childhood, the other in adolescence, Alice enters a world where space and time twist, upside down and strangely animated.

Sound effects, play of light and shadow, projections, the actors evolve in a sort of musical cartoon to the sound of Gary Jules, David Bowie, The Cure or Pink Floyd.


“Alice & other wonders”

and “Alice crosses the mirror”, by Fabrice Melquiot and Emmanuel Demarcy-Motta.

(1h20 and 1h15).


Woman of power

At 9:05 pm on France 3.

We have heard everything about Aliénor d'Aquitaine, but we know less about his exceptional destiny.

To remedy this, Stéphane Bern devotes a long “Secrets of History” to this great woman of the Middle Ages, born in 1122. Duchess of Aquitaine and the most powerful woman in the West, she was 15 when she married Louis VII and becomes queen of France.

Unhappy marriage, the couple ends up divorcing and at 30 years old, she unites with Henri II Plantagenêt, and there is queen of England.

Madly in love, the two monarchs have 8 children, including the future Richard the Lionheart, her favorite son.

Beautiful and rebellious, Aliénor was also a modern queen who did not hesitate to go on a crusade with her husband.

When Henry II grew more and more authoritarian, she attempted a coup d'etat with the help of her sons, but failed.

In short, a life composing an incredible novel of adventure and power, which allows Stéphane Bern to offer us a fascinating documentary on this visionary woman and fine political strategist who, until the end of her life, defended the Plantagenêt empire. .

He takes us from Bordeaux to Paris, via London, Poitiers or the Abbey of Fontevraud, where Aliénor was buried at the age of 82.


“Secrets of History: Aliénor d'Aquitaine, a rebel in the Middle Ages”

, documentary presented by Stéphane Bern.



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Larger than life

Without their parodies, some shows would have already been forgotten, like here “the Schmilblick” with Coluche.


At 9:05 pm on France 4.

“Does the Schmi…‚ the Smi…, the Schmilblick contain sand?

"To see this stranger stammer while participating in the famous television game of Guy Lux" the Schmilblick ", we say that Coluche has not really forced the line for his famous parody, which has become almost more famous than the original.

It is all the strength of this documentary to superimpose the best parodies and the programs which inspired them.

We thus go back in the history of television and radio and we say to ourselves that, without their parodies, certain programs would have already been forgotten.


“The Kings of parody, mirrors of their time”,

documentary (2018) by Sonia Gonzales… (2h05)

Source: leparis

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