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The King of Paris

A Feature film by Dominique Maillet

Produced by Rio

Release in France : 11/01/1995

    Synopsis

    "The King of Paris", for the theatre world in 1930, is the illustrious actor Victor Derval. Safely enthroned at the top of the theatre bills, Derval has lorded it over the Paris boulevards for the past ten years and is one of Parisian high society's most courted celebrities. Derval has a son, Paul, who lives in an attic room in his father's house. Paul, aged 20, is tormented soul who views this stranger, his father, with an uneasy mix of fascination and scorn...

    Actors (10)

    Production and distribution (5)

    Executive Producer :

    Rio

    Foreign production company :

    Adventure pictures

    French distribution :

    Pierre Grise Distribution

    Co-production :

    TCA Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    StudioCanal Films Limited

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    Subject

    "At times, life can be subject to what people call chance or fate. Linear progression can suddenly be marked by elements that seem to support your work. I experienced this several times during production of "The king of Paris", most notably when I was looking for a location for the false grave of Paul Derval (Manuel Blanc in the film), that I decided to film in the Montmartre cemetery in Paris. My assistant and I were walking along the numerous pathways of the cemetery when I spotted an area that was ideally suited to my camera angles. Then , as we were heading back towards the cemetery office, I stopped all of a sudden at a neighbouring plot. I can't say why my attention was drawn to it since it was identical to the other graves around. Yet I was stunned to discover the inscription on the grave-stone : Paul Derval, manager of the Folies Bergères... A man with the same name as my character who, like him, belonged to the show-business world at the turn of the century... After that, I wouldn't have changed location for the whole world..."

    (Dominique Maillet)

    Full credits (12)

    Executive Producer :

    Jean Gontier

    Screenwriters :

    Bernard Minoret, Jérôme Tonnerre, Dominique Maillet, Jacques Fieschi

    Sound Recordist :

    Michel Desrois

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Michèle Latraverse

    Production Designer :

    Jacques Rouxel

    Costume designer :

    Christian Gasc

    Line Producer :

    Yann Gilbert

    Director of Photography :

    Bernard Lutic

    Production Manager :

    Nicolas Daguet

    Editor :

    Marie Castro

    Music Composer :

    Quentin Damamme

    Still Photographer :

    Joanne Delaporte

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    Great Britain, France

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Nationality :

    Majority French (Great Britain, France)

    Production year :

    1994

    French release :

    11/01/1995

    Runtime :

    1 h 37 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    73.079

    Visa issue date :

    05/10/1994

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.66