Monday, 16 October 2017

ALAIN CARRAZÉ & ROMAIN NIGITA - SERIES' ANATOMY: LE 8e ART DÉCRYPTÉ (FANTASK)

Television series are watched all over the world. They are adored, hated and reviewed. Everybody has an opinion on them, including those who don't watch them... or pretend that they don't. This opinion is often based on perception rather than facts. In France, some circles forget that television is the 8th art and are still prejudiced against television fiction vs cinema (le 7ème art).

French journalists Alain Carrazé and Romain Nigita are both acknowledged experts on TV series. In their new book Series' Anatomy: Le 8e art décrypté (published by Fantask), they generously share this expertise and their passion to explain with clarity, intelligence, but also a bit of humour, how series are made and shown.

From the conception of a television series to its broadcast or release (on SVOD and DVD), Series' Anatomy: Le 8e art décrypté covers the subject in all its aspects: creative and artistic (the showrunner, the writers, the formats, the actors), historical (how Lucille Ball revolutionized the TV industry), geographic (where series are filmed), technical (film or video, HD, special effects, etc...) and economic (financing and budgets, promotion, the US, the UK and French markets). Instructive and absorbing, the impressive work of Alain Carrazé and Romain Nigita rely on their tremendous erudition and a long experience of the television business. Their book is astutely structured around 19 clichés/stereotypes arising from the so-called inferiority of TV compared to cinema, or particularly active these days.

Series' Anatomy: Le 8e art décrypté reminds that television fiction knows the auteur since Reginald Rose, Paddy Chayefsky and Rod Serling (before he created The Twilight Zone). Film adaptations of series didn't start in 1993 with The Fugitive. Actually, TV characters jump to the big screen since the 1950s. Long before the movie versions of Baywatch (2017) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), The Quatermass Experiment, Dragnet, Doctor Who and many more preceded them. "Franchises" existed in the 1970s and 1980s (The Muppets, Star Trek). Remakes, reboots, and sequels are not a "new trend". There is more than one "Golden Age of TV series". In France subsists a confusion about the distinction between daytime soaps, primetime soaps and sitcoms. And a series doesn't land on a broadcaster by chance.

Series' Anatomy: Le 8e art décrypté is punctuated with practical cases in the form of interviews (such as Betsy Beers, Frank Spotnitz or Greg Nicotero), analysis (David Milch, how Baywatch was saved after being cancelled by NBC) and immersions on filmings (The Sopranos, Friends, Game of Thrones, A French village), in a press junket and on the L.A. Screenings. Comprehensive, the book can be read from beginning to end or consulted by chapter. Series' Anatomy: Le 8e art décrypté is essential reading for series fans, regular or casual viewers, journalists, academics, or simply people who have questions on this theme. It's one of the most important recent books on television fiction with Les nouveaux feuilletonistes, an anthology of Alain Carrazé's interviews of the greatest series creators, writers, producers, actors and directors (Fantask, 2016).

Series' Anatomy: Le 8e art décrypté
by Alain Carrazé and Romain Nigita
Fantask
483 pages
EAN :
9782374940083 
25 € 
Cover illustrated by Matt Cunningham

https://www.amazon.fr/Anatomy-8e-art-d%C3%A9crypt%C3%A9/dp/237494008X 
https://livre.fnac.com/a10056905/Alain-Carraze-Series-Anatomy

See also: 

https://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2016/09/alain-carraze-les-nouveaux.html (Les nouveaux feuilletonistes)

Monday, 9 October 2017

CAPITAINE MARLEAU: LA MÉMOIRE ENFOUIE (FRANCE 3)

[Spoiler-Free review] The corpse of Arthur Gerfaut, a teenager who disappeared six years ago, is found by a group of cyclists near a disused gold mine. His father, Hervé Gerfaut, is in prison for the murder of his wife.

Capitaine Marleau investigates. Gerfaut, who proclaims his innocence, escapes during the burial of his son.

The bottom line: Corinne Masiero, Niels Arestrup, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Camille Bordey and John Belushi...

Starring Corinne Masiero in the title role, the hugely popular French crime drama Capitaine Marleau returned last tuesday on pubcaster France 3 to hit another rating record. The very good Chambre avec vue caught 6.838.000 viewers (29%!) Actor, scriptwriter and director Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, who wrote the episodes Les mystères de la foi (where he played a sympathetic priest) and Brouillard en thalasso, penned this excellent La mémoire enfouie. Directed by series helmer and producer Josée Dayan, the 9th Marleau was filmed between May and June 2017 in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

The extraordinary Corinne Masiero faces the great stage, movie and television actor Niels Arestrup as Hervé Gerfaut. Belgian actor Daniel Hanssens plays Max Boilon, a retired gendarme dressed like the Blues Brothers, who assists the capitaine (1). Sara Martins (Death in Paradise) guest stars as activist Irene Ruff. Marleau starts the episode in a stretcher, wants to play golf and meets bikers. La mémoire enfouie is a festival of brilliant dialogues, one of the trademarks of Stéphan Guérin-Tillié. He definitely ranks amongst the best writers of Capitaine Marleau.

Also with Florence Thomassin (Mathilde Liorade), Rabah Loucif (Lyes), Joel Lefrançois (Gérard Liorade), Ludovic Berthillot (Pablo Vega), Alice Renom (Camille), Zacharie Chasseriaud (Arthur Gerfaut), etc. Produced by Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac for Passionfilms and Gaspard & Co, with the participation of France Télévisions and Radio Télévision Suisse. Filmed with the support of Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Music by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn. Series created by Elsa Marpeau. Sang et lumière, the next episode (2), guest stars David Suchet (Agatha Christie's Poirot).

(1) Let's hope that this character will return.
(2) Air date unknown.

http://france3-regions.francetvinfo.fr/nouvelle-aquitaine/haute-vienne/saint-leonard-de-noblat/celebre-capitaine-marleau-enquete-nouvelle-aquitaine-1254809.html

See also:

https://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2017/10/capitaine-marleau-chambre-avec-vue.html 

Monday, 2 October 2017

CAPITAINE MARLEAU: CHAMBRE AVEC VUE (FRANCE 3)

Someone tries to murder Catherine Rougemont, ex-colonel of the Gendarmerie and owner of a small seaside hotel. Capitaine Marleau, who served under Rougemont 20 years ago, is convinced that Catherine knows the culprit. Except that her former superior won't talk.

Rougemont wants to protect women she hides in her establishment because they are victims of violence. But also her 16-year old grandson, whom she raised alone since the brutal death of his parents.

The bottom line: As long as Marleau avoids "Columbo as a ringmaster" stuff (1), everything will be OK.

Starring the extraordinary Corinne Masiero in the title role, France 3's crime drama Capitaine Marleau returns tomorrow. Its director and producer Josée Dayan  takes our favourite gendarme to northern France in this very good Chambre avec vue, written by Marc-Antoine Laurent and Jean-Marc Taba with series creator Elsa Marpeau (2). Capitaine Marleau conquered its rating juggernaut status last year and could now afford anything. Thankfully, except for two "surreal" jokes and a couple of rather clumsy political comments, the episode demonstrates appropriate moderation and sensibility. Chambre avec vue manages to remind of Capitaine Marleau: Philippe Muir, the series pilot, thanks to the superb performances of guest stars Yolande Moreau (Catherine) and Patrick Bouchitey as Hugo Perez.

Rod Paradot, who won the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2016 for his role in Standing Tall (La Tête haute, 2015), plays Catherine's grandson Gabriel. Cédric Le Maoût enters the club of Marleau's most memorable deputies as Adjudant Loïc Planchon. Also with Piérick Tournier (Julien Batz), Laure Josnin (Claire), Lucie Desclozeaux (Leïla), Margaux Vallé (Lisa Serelle), Thomas Baelde (Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie), Gérard Pinteau, etc. Produced by Josée Dayan and Gaspard de Chavagnac for Passionfilms and Gaspard & Co, with RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, and the participation of France Télévisions and Pictanovo (Witnesses, Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie). Filmed with the support of Région Hauts-de-France. Music by Catherine Lara and Cyrille Lehn.

(1) See Murder, Smoke and Shadows (1989).
(2) The trio wrote En trompe l'oeil, the brilliant fifth episode.

http://www.courrier-picard.fr/17524/article/2017-03-16/la-serie-policiere-capitaine-marleau-tournee-en-baie-de-somme
http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/220460/article/2017-09-19/le-nouvel-adjudant-du-capitaine-marleau-est-tourquennois 

Sunday, 1 October 2017

LAST MONTH ON THIS BLOG (OR NOT)

So..
 
REVIEWS

- Black Forest Clinic 3 (First half of S2, French Region 2 DVD):

https://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2017/09/black-forest-clinic-3-first-half-of-s2.html

- Les petits meurtres d'Agatha Christie (France 2):

https://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2017/09/les-petits-meurtres-dagatha-christie.html (Crimes Haute Couture)

- Midsomer Murders (Series 19, French Region 2 DVD):

https://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2017/09/midsomer-murders-series-19-french.html

- The Callan File - The Definitive Guide (Quoit Media Limited):

https://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2017/09/the-callan-file-definitive-guide-quoit.html (Book review

NEWS

- L'intégrale des Minichroniques de Goscinny (French Region 2 DVD)

https://tattard2.blogspot.fr/2017/09/les-minichroniques-de-rene-goscinny.html

WHILE WE'RE AT IT...

Hated the first two episodes of Star Trek: Discovery. In an unusual move for your humble servant (patience is not one of my virtues, I'm afraid), I'll wait for the arrival of Jason Isaacs to have a definitive opinion on this new Star Trek series. Because it's Star Trek.

I love the new DuckTales. It's America's answer to Danger Mouse 2015. And the casting of David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck is pure genius.