Jacques Thibault stifles in his bourgeois family where his father rules supreme over the household.He runs away with his friend Daniel but their plans come to a sudden end.The unfortunate ... See full summary »
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Philippe Rouleau Philippe Rouleau ...  Antoine Thibault 6 episodes, 1972-1973
François Dunoyer François Dunoyer ...  Jacques Thibault 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Françoise Christophe ...  Thérèse de Fontanin 5 episodes, 1972-1973
Anne Deleuze Anne Deleuze ...  Jenny de Fontanin 4 episodes, 1972-1973
Julien Verdier Julien Verdier ...  M. Chasle 4 episodes, 1972-1973
Judith Magre ...  Anne de Battaincourt 4 episodes, 1972-1973
Jean Obé Jean Obé ...  Léon 4 episodes, 1972-1973
Charles Vanel ...  Oscar Thibault 3 episodes, 1972-1973
May Chartrette May Chartrette ...  Mlle de Waize 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Denis Manuel Denis Manuel ...  Meynestrel 3 episodes, 1973
Annick Fougery Annick Fougery ...  Adrienne 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Bruno Garcin Bruno Garcin ...  Daniel de Fontanin / ... 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Jacques Sereys Jacques Sereys ...  Jérôme de Fontanin 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Régis Outin Régis Outin ...  Le docteur Philip 3 episodes, 1973
Antoine Vitez ...  Abbé Vecart 3 episodes, 1972-1973
Marc Fayolle Marc Fayolle ...  Vanheede 3 episodes, 1973
Jean-Paul Solal Jean-Paul Solal ...  Le docteur Thérivier / ... 3 episodes, 1973
Béatrice Romand ...  Gise 2 episodes, 1972-1973
Hermine Karagheuz Hermine Karagheuz ...  Alfreda 2 episodes, 1973
Robert Vattier ...  Mourlan 2 episodes, 1973
Claude Sandoz ...  Paterson 2 episodes, 1973
Jacques Lalande Jacques Lalande ...  Cadieux 2 episodes, 1973
Francis Claude Francis Claude ...  Rumelles 2 episodes, 1972-1973
René Alone René Alone ...  Stéfany 2 episodes, 1973
Luc Bartholomé Luc Bartholomé ...  Rabbe 2 episodes, 1973
Paul Le Person ...  M. Faisme 2 episodes, 1972-1973
Geneviève Bray Geneviève Bray ...  La rédactrice 2 episodes, 1973
Marc Monjou Marc Monjou ...  Tasler / ... 2 episodes, 1973
Dominique Leverd Dominique Leverd ...  Manuel Roy 2 episodes, 1973
Georges Blaness Georges Blaness ...  Isaac Studler 2 episodes, 1973
Denise Péron ...  La mère Ury 2 episodes, 1973
Pierre Bonzans Pierre Bonzans ...  René Jousselin 2 episodes, 1973
Oskar Freitag Oskar Freitag ...  Le garçon d'étage 2 episodes, 1973
Stephan Meldegg Stephan Meldegg 2 episodes, 1973
Huguette Vergne Huguette Vergne 2 episodes, 1973
André Priez André Priez 2 episodes, 1973
Jacques Bouvier Jacques Bouvier 2 episodes, 1973
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Jacques Thibault stifles in his bourgeois family where his father rules supreme over the household.He runs away with his friend Daniel but their plans come to a sudden end.The unfortunate son is sent to a reform school where he is left to his own devices by unscrupulous wardens .His brother,Antoine, goes out of his way to get him out of this gloomy place where he is humiliated . Written by dbdumonteil

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French

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23 December 1972 (France) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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A literature masterpiece.
14 August 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

The adaptation of Roger Martin Du Gard's mammoth novel which won the Nobel prize in 1937 was some kind of Hercules's thirteen labor.8 volumes,almost 2,000 pages, lots and lots of characters -some of whom have been completely ruled out:Jenny's cousin Nicole and Jacques 's first love Lisbeth-.at the time ,it was one of the biggest budgets (if not simply the biggest) French TV spent for a miniseries.But even with that,the production will seem rather cheap for today's audience .The remake ,which must be released this year,will certainly do Martin Du Gard Justice.

The first three episodes were directed by André Michel:his art is static and theatrical and the saga hits its stride only in the third episode which focuses on the father's death.It owes a great deal to Charles Vanel's sensational portrayal.Other great moments include the scenes in "the pénitencier" (the reform school) where the father locks up his rebellious youngest son Jacques.

The three last episodes were made by Alain Boudet who is much more talented than his colleague.His camera is more moving and he uses lots of interesting trackings,close-ups,zooms in and out .This artistic choice is highly appropriate,since the last parts of the novel ("l'été 14" and "épilogue" ) depicts the last days before WW1 breaks out.

Episodes 4 and 5 are the best :Boudet successfully follows Jacques and Jenny in Paris where the frightening news which arrives with alarming speed plunges the city into a turmoil.A lot of sequences are far from being simple made-for-TV quality:Jacques and Jenny's meeting in the public gardens at night;Jenny's mother arrival at the dawn of the first day of the mobilization;Jean Jaurès's murder at the café du Croissant ,which Boudet almost treats like a western scene;Jacques bidding his brother Antoine adieu,as his elder goes to war.Best moment comes at the end of the fifth episode:Jacques and Jenny go near a church where they see lots of burning candles on the evening of the mobilization as the great organ plays some kind of dirge.

Episode 6 is not so good :the first part goes sordid .Jacques's death,depicted with a remarkable sobriety by Martin Du Gard ,is almost turned into a horror movie ,because of the actor's ridiculous make-up which makes him look like Jason in "Friday the Thirteenth." The last volume of the saga (epilogue) is only given 45 minutes ,the final segment of this last episode.The readers will notice the main change:Antoine,who is a gas victim ,is looked after ,not in a hospital in the south of France ,but in Jenny's mother's one in Maison-Laffites ,near Paris.This is a good choice,because the last book of the Thibault saga is sometimes epistolary.What was first a letter -Jenny's brother whom war made a sexless man- becomes a dialogue ,which is more appropriate for a cinematographic treatment.One regrets that Antoine's Diary ,which climaxes the novel ,should be botched.Hardly two or three lines were taken from this admirable meditation of a man who is dying when the war finally comes to an end.

For sure,Martin du Gard deserved much better,but this seventies attempt is honorable. I'm looking forwards to seeing the 2003 miniseries.


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