GOSCINNY, THE GRAND

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La Ciné­math­èque française is pay­ing trib­ute to the French comic book writer René Goscinny the au­thor of amongst other works Lucky Luke and As­terix, in an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled Goscinny and the Cin­ema, As­terix, Lucky Luke and Com­pany. The show, be­ing held 40 years af­ter his death, demon­strates the in­flu­ence cin­ema had on his work as well as tak­ing a look into the movies that he made him­self.

The show un­der­scores how the cin­ema and its most main­stream gen­res like westerns, pe­plums and bur­lesque, were par­o­died and mag­ni­fied by a cre­ator who drew in­spi­ra­tion from his im­mense knowl­edge of cin­ema. Be­fore launch­ing into film­mak­ing in his own right when he created the Stu­dios Idé­fix in 1974, Goscinny was the gag­man for Bourvil, the scriptwriter for tele­vi­sion dra­mas for Jean Rochefort and the screen­writer for his friend Pierre Tch­er­nia for cult films like Le Vi­ager and The Holes. With his own films pro­duced at the Stu­dios Idé­fix like The Twelve Tasks of As­terix and Lucky Luke, he con­trib­uted greatly to the in­cep­tion of the French school of an­i­mated cin­ema.

“I left for the United States with the hope of working for Walt Dis­ney, but Walt Dis­ney didn’t know it,” Goscinny once said,” I ad­mire Walt Dis­ney, it was his cre­ations that in­spired me to do what I do.” It was in Buenos Aires where the Paris-born Goscinny grew up that he dis­cov­ered clas­sics of Amer­i­can cin­ema like Lau­rel & Hardy and Buster Keaton.

The ex­hi­bi­tion also shows how the char­ac­ters of Goscinny and his fel­low creators, among them Uderzo and Sempé con­tin­ued their ca­reer on the sil­ver screen through other pro­duc­ers and film­mak­ers turn­ing char­ac­ters like As­terix and Obelisk, Lucky Luke, Pe­tit Ni­co­las and Izno­goud into in­ter­na­tional stars. Goscinny was nick­named Walt Goscinny by his friend Gotlib and today one of the av­enues that leads up to Dis­ney­land Paris is named av­enue René Goscinny. The ex­hi­bi­tion is made up of five sec­tions and takes the vis­i­tor on a jour­ney into the artist’s life and works.

La Ciné­math­èque française is home to one of the finest col­lec­tions and archives in the world de­voted to film. It was back in 1936 that Henri Langlois, a French film archivist, cinephile and a pi­o­neer in film preser­va­tion, created La Ciné­math­èque française to save from de­struc­tion films, pro­jec­tion ma­chines, cos­tumes, posters and other cin­e­matic trea­sures. He would be given an Hon­orary Os­car in 1974, “for his un­tir­ing de­vo­tion to the art of film, for his mas­sive con­tri­bu­tions to­wards pre­serv­ing its his­tor­i­cal past and for his unswerv­ing faith in its fu­ture.” Ex­hi­bi­tion from Oc­to­ber 4th through to March 4th 51 rue de Bercy (12th), 01 71 19 33 33 www.cin­e­math­eque.fr

The Twelve Tasks of As­terix by René Goscinny and Al­bert Uderzo, 1976. René Goscinny and John Wayne in the of­fices of the comics magazine Pilote, pub­lished in the 58th is­sue of Pilote on De­cem­ber 1st, 1960. Al­bert Uderzo and René Goscinny at the soirée for the pre­miere of Astérix the Gaulois at Maxim’s on Novem­ber 15th, 1967

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