Fontevraud in movies
A CHOIR AT A BOARDING SCHOOL / A SUCCESS STORY
A teacher at a boarding school for difficult teenage boys transforms them by forming a choir, despite the scepticism of the strict headmaster… Does this story sound familiar? It is of course the incredibly successful film Les Choristes (The Chorus), made 10 years ago.
A FILM SHOOT AT FONTEVRAUD ROYAL ABBEY / FROM THE OCCUPATION TO THE LIBERATION
Christophe Barratier’s film is a remake of La Cage aux Rossignols, a film made in 1944 by Jean Dréville. This original film, widely acclaimed by the public at the time, will be screened as part of the Journées du Patrimoine, at Fontevraud. A particularly appropriate idea since the filming of La Cage aux Rossignols took place here at the close of the Second World War… Begun under the Germans, filming finished several months later, in a newly liberated France.
CINEMA, OCCUPATION AND THE ROYAL ABBEY / LECTURE
Discussing the extraordinary conditions under which the film was made, as well as the place of French cinema under the occupation, Patrick Glâtre, author of a book about filmmaker Jean Dréville, will give a talk. He will also evoke the time, which to us now seems very distant, when Fontevraud Royal Abbey was synonymous with incarceration.