On June 28, the fifth installment of the saga, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, will be released in France. Played by the unbeatable Harrison Ford, 80 spring, this film by James Mangold was presented in world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, in the presence of the film team. The perfect opportunity for M6 to program the first four parts of the saga, just to revise its classics! The channel also broadcasts a documentary by Jacinto Carvalho, a great pop culture enthusiast (and author of several films such as Hollywood 1982, on Arte, or A Modern History of Pop Culture, on Canal+).
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"Best McGuffin in the World"
From the first Indiana Jones images, in pursuit of an icon, that's its title, we enter the legend: a whip snapping, a readjusted hat, an archaeological treasure to discover, phlegm and smile in the corner: the Indiana Jones icon appears, timeless, timeless, casual and hectic.
At the origin of this antihero, we find a historical tandem: George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. The film reveals an archive of the second where he states: "I saw one of the producers of James Bond who told me that I did not have enough experience. And to come back when I'm older. At the time, I liked to tease George Lucas by telling him that I would like to direct a James Bond. Before Star Wars came out, on a beach in Hawaii, he told me, "I have better! A film called The Adventurers". He told me the story and told me about Indiana Jones. And I said, "Yes. It should be fine! This creative pact will shake up all of global pop culture for the next forty years.
The documentary also deciphers the main American influences of Indiana Jones, from John Huston's Treasure of the Sierra Madre, with Humphrey Bogart (1948) to the "serials" of the 1930s and Jerry Hopper's film The Secret of the Incas (1954) with Charlton Heston as an adventurer named Harry Steele. If Tom Selleck is considered for the role of Indiana, it is finally Harrison Ford who gets it.
Among the good moments of this in-depth and enthusiastic documentary, we note a fine analysis by director Romain Levy: "What touches me in the Indiana Jones films is the refinement of the objects of the quest. It is not a loot of $ 200,000, or a suitcase of cocaine, but an object such as the Ark of the Covenant or the Grail, which takes us back to the origin of the world. It's the best McGuffin in the world! That's why Harrison Ford, who brought this hero to life, was able to stand the test of time and forever mark several generations with a boost...