The Glory of my father

La Gloire de mon père, a French film by Yves Robert released in 1990, is based on the eponymous novel "Souvenirs d'enfance" by Marcel Pagnol published in 1957.

It was nominated four times for a César award and was followed by Le Château de ma mère, released the same year.

The film is adapted from Marcel Pagnol's childhood memories that he wrote in the space of three years through three books: "La Gloire de mon Père" (1957), "Le Château de ma Mère" (1958) and "Le Temps des Secrets" (1960).

The author had the project to bring them to the screen himself but he didn't have the time.

It was Yves Robert who took up the torch but it took many years before he obtained the copyright.


The synopsis

"The son of a teacher from Marseille, Marcel Pagnol spent his early years in the school world where he was naturally a good student. As a young teenager, during the summer holidays of 1904, he discovered the garrigues surrounding Marseille and the Garlaban, to which he remained attached for the rest of his life.

The old bastide rented by the family became the centre of a sort of paradise populated by picturesque characters including Lili des Bellons, a young peasant who would become his friend and introduce him to the mysteries of the hills.

His father and his uncle were both hunters and it was a hunting exploit, a double of bartavelles, that would become the glory of his father ".


The Glory of my father

Philippe Caubère and Nathalie Roussel embody the parents of Marcel Pagnol (Julien Ciamaca) and Paul (Victorien Delamare).

Uncle Jules and Aunt Rose are played by Didier Pain and Thérèse Liotard.

Passages from the text of the original novel are narrated by Jean-Pierre Darras.

Screenplay by Louis Nucera and Jérôme Tonnerre


Shooting locations

Numerous scenes were shot in Marseille, in the rue Barbaroux building, Palais Longchamps, in the large courtyard of the Lycée Thiers, in the Estaque district, in the Bouche-du-Rhône, in Aubagne, Mallemort, Charleval, Allauch, and also in the Luberon, in Vitrolles, Grambois and in the Var, in Vidauban...

The list is not exhaustive.


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La gloire de mon père

Un petit Marseillais d'il y a un siècle: l'école primaire ; le cocon familial ; les premières vacances dans les collines, à La Treille ; la première chasse avec son père...

Lorsqu il commence à rédiger ses Souvenirs d'enfance, au milieu des années cinquante, Marcel Pagnol est en train de s'éloigner du cinéma., et le théâtre ne lui sourit plus.
La Gloire de mon père, dès sa parution, en 1957, est salué comme marquant l'avènement d'un grand prosateur. Joseph, le père instituteur., Augustine, la timide maman., l'oncle Jules, la tante Rosé, le petit frère Paul, deviennent immédiatement aussi populaires que Marius, César ou Panisse. Et la scène de la chasse à la bartavelle se transforme immédiatement en dictée d?école primaire...
Les souvenirs de Pagnol sont un peu ceux de tous les enfants du monde. Plus tard, paraît-il, Pagnol aurait voulu qu'ils deviennent un film. C 'est Yves Robert qui, longtemps après la mort de l'écrivain, le réalisera.

« Je suis né dans la ville d'Aubagne. sons le Garlaban couronné de chèvres au temps des derniers chevriers. »
La Gloire de Mon Pere/Le Chateau de Ma Mere

La gloire de mon père : Manuscrit

M. Pagnol en BD : Ecrin La gloire de mon père/Le château de ma mère

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