Filming of "Old Gun" in Montauban: 40 Years After Romy Schneider's Death, the Club of Cinematographers Doesn't Want to Forget

Filming of “Old Gun” in Montauban: 40 Years After Romy Schneider’s Death, the Club of Cinematographers Doesn’t Want to Forget

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Cinematographers Club President Henri Guise has a project to preserve the memory of the film Robert Enrico shot in Montauban in 1975, starring the unforgettable Romy Schneider and Philippe Noiret. To them, “The Old Gun” is part of Montalbán’s cultural heritage and deserves to be highlighted further.

The summer is on a gentle slope in Montauban when it comes to arthouse cinema. Henri Guise, president of the Montauban Moviegoers Club, is the first to express his regret. “CGR Le Paris is closed for four weeks. We would like to organize something in the summer to reconnect with the meeting proposed by the Hydos Association in late June-early July.

Meanwhile, the Cine Lovers Club puts on a great show this summer. “We have two types of screening: documentaries on cinema that we buy from CNC and which we screen for free, and paid film club sessions”, explains Henri Guise. This Monday, August 1st at 3 p.m., Jean Gremillon’s masterpiece “The Sky Is Yours” will be on display at Old College.

In the spring of 1975, Robert Enrico shot “The Old Gun”. Here, the director supervises a scene down Rue de la République, which was shot in “American Night”.
Photo © Elian Latu – Elian Latu

Thursday, another film club, that of Uttam, also created by Henri Guise, will pay tribute to Romy Schneider, who died 40 years ago. The president of the Cine Lovers Club didn’t hesitate to take the “Blablacar” bus to Paris on Thursday. “I absolutely wanted to see, before it ended, the Cinemathic exhibition dedicated to Romy Schneider.”

I think this film, which won the César des Césars, isn’t connected enough with Montauban. When we talk about “The Old Gun,” we’re more likely to be talking about Brunickel.

Among the notable films of the actress, apparently, is “The Old Gun”, which was shot in Montauban and Brunicelle in 1975 and which was released in 1976, which was a huge popular success.

Henri Guise knows almost everything about the history of this film and behind the scenes of the shooting. “In 2015, I celebrated 40 years of filming. Well, I guess this movie that won the César des Césars isn’t connected enough with Montauban. When we talk about The Old Gun, we more easily talk about Brunickel when most of the film was shot in Montauban.

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So he talks about the project of “making a testimonial film about a once-in-a-lifetime old gun that would bring together people who knew the shooting, like Alien Latu. I’m Jerome Enrico, Robert’s son, and Jean-Claude, the film’s press officer.” I will also talk about Missian. You have to make a scenario on that.”

Henri Guise will contact Montauban, the departmental council and the area’s town hall to submit the project.

Alien Latu clearly supports this idea. In 1975, the current president of the Théâtre de l’Embelli worked with her husband Jacques in the Union of Secular Works (FOL 82). “I was in charge of cultural education, theater and cinema. I was fortunate enough to be able to follow the filming of Old Gun as I had done the year before Louis Maley’s film Lacombe Lucien.

With her Leica, “Lily” Latu, with the Head of Photography as an image wise, was able to take photographs that, like the scene of the well taking place at Brunickel, she keeps invaluably. “In fact, it was filmed at the former Jean-d’Arc school in Montauban that was being destroyed. The production built a well there. I even photographed the model.

The scene of the well of Julian Dandieu, who is grieved after the murder of his wife and daughter, kills a German soldier, was to take place in Brunickel.  In fact, it was filmed in Montauban on the ruins of the Jean-d'Arc school that was demolished in 1974 for a residential project.

The scene of the well of Julian Dandieu, who is grieved after the murder of his wife and daughter, kills a German soldier, was to take place in Brunickel. In fact, it was filmed in Montauban on the ruins of the Jean-d’Arc school that was demolished in 1974 for a residential project.
Photo © Elian Latu – Elian Latu

and Henri Guise specified that “the entire production headquarters was set up at the Jean-d’Arc School”, at the corner of rue du Lizzy and Faubourg du Mostier … not far from another famous location of filming, the private The mansion where the Sisters of the Virgins lived in the film, Dr. Julian Dandieu, played by surgeon Philippe Noiret, and his wife, Clara, had one of Romy Schneider’s most beautiful roles.

“Inside, you had to walk with skates,” recalls Lily Latu.

Best Film Club pays tribute to Romy Schneider on August 4th

On Thursday, August 4th at 3 p.m., in Old College, the exquisite film club pays tribute to Romy Schneider, who died 40 years ago. If the actress remains in popular memory for her moving role of Clara Dandieu in “The Old Gun” by Robert Enrico, in Tarn-et-Garonne, then it is an unfinished film that will be at the center of this cinema session-club: Henry – “Hell” by Georges Clouzot (1964).

Unfinished film in which Romi Schneider co-starred with Serge Reggiano. Documentaries by Serge Bromberg and Ruksandra Maderia will be screened in the air-conditioned rooms of the Old College, showing the miraculous rescue of the reels with scenes shot with breathtaking images. Sessions presented by visual arts teacher Nathalie Varnery.

Free for members of the Best, €2 for members of the Cinephiles Club, €4 for third parties.

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