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Documentary: De Tintin a Titeuf

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#1 · Posted: 24 Jan 2006 22:25
De Tintin à Titeuf, les mythes de la bande dessinée

Documentary by Olivier Delcroix and Bernard Malaterre discussing six comic strips: Tintin, Corto Maltese, Asterix, Blake & Mortimer, Titeuf and Largo Winch. A panel of specialists, artists and scriptwriters analyse how these comic strips have become literary myths. There's an article about the film on France 5's website including an interview with Delcroix and Malaterre.

The film will be screened on Thursday 2nd February at 9:15am and Sunday 5th February at 1:35am on TV5 Europe (Sky Digital channel 825).
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#2 · Posted: 25 Jan 2006 08:39
I must keep an eye out for that - sounds interesting ! It's a pity about the time slots though ! :o)
#3 · Posted: 26 Jan 2006 13:33
And if you miss it there's another repeat on Thursday 9th February at 3:30am.
UK Correspondent
#4 · Posted: 2 Feb 2006 15:11
I watched the film this morning, so here's a few of my thoughts about it for anyone who missed it.

It was an interesting film overrall, despite only devoting ten minutes to Tintin. It featured comments by Serge Tisseron, Numa Sadoul and Nick Rodwell. It consisted of a basic discussion about Tintin, a rough potted history and a clip from the TV episode The Seven Crystal Balls. Parts of this segment were filmed at Cheverny, the model for Marlinspike, where a permanent exhibition has been installed.

The Blake & Mortimer section consisted of a discussion on marketing and Télérama serialising the (at the time) new story, plus a clip from the TV episode La Marque Jaune. It drew interesting parallels between the English patriotism featured in the books ("God save the Queen!") and Asterix's Gallic values.

Asterix's part featured Uderzo and Anne Goscinny, the writer's daughter, plus many clips of Parc Astérix. Oddly the only one to feature no film footage, despite there being ample available.

Corto Maltese's featured a contribution by one of Pratt's former collaborators and a clip from the recent film La cour secrète des Arcanes.

Largo Winch's section had clips from the TV series and Titeuf's featured his creator, Zep, plus a clip from the cartoon.

Overall not a bad film to give broad coverage to all the different strips, although if you're watching it purely for Tintin you may be a little disappointed. Most of the segments linked back to each other (eg. Tintin and Corto Maltese both sharing the theme of discovery and travel, and the prevalence of catchphrases in most of the books). It was interesting to see how such a broad range of characters have appealed to the French audience and integrated themselves into popular culture.

Worth a look but perhaps not at 3:30am unless you're a diehard BD fan / insomniac.

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