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Canada Don Camillo in Russia on C8: why the saga ended without Fernandel

20:50  25 october  2020
20:50  25 october  2020 Source:   allocine.fr

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Broadcast this evening on C8, "Don Camillo in Russia" precedes the last part of the saga, "Don Camillo and the protesters". A film apart within the series, because it had to be done without its star actor.

Don Camillo en Russie sur C8 : pourquoi la saga s'est achevée sans Fernandel © Screenshot Don Camillo in Russia on C8: why the saga ended without Fernandel

Don Camillo in Russia tells how Peppone decides to twin the small village with a Soviet commune. When he leaves for Russia to meet his future collaborators, Don Camillo does not hesitate for a second: he disguises himself and takes part in the journey. This is the fifth and penultimate part of the saga carried by Fernandel and devoted to the comic adventures of the Italian priest. Born in 1952, this series of films is inspired by short stories by comedian, writer, journalist and cartoonist Giovannino Guareschi. The first opus, Le petit monde de Don Camillo , directed by Julien Duvivier , is a great success with 12.7 million spectators in France.

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Don Camillo stops in 1970 with a last feature film, Don Camillo and the protesters, with a singular genesis. Still played by Fernandel and Gino Cervi , the film is directed by Christian-Jaque but filming was interrupted in August due to Fernandel’s state of health. Suffering from a cancerous tumor, he joked a few days earlier to reporters: "Normally I should finish on September 15th. If all goes well ! But is everything all right in a movie? Rarely. »* Exhausted and subject to severe pain, he ended up seeing a doctor who diagnosed him with dry pleurisy.

The production plans to replace it with Gastone Moschin , which does not at all enchant Christian-Jaque, who prefers to leave the ship than to shoot without his star actor. Cervi follows suit, and is replaced by Lionel Stander in the role of Peppone. Fernandel will not return to the set: he died on February 26, 1971. Don Camillo and the protesters, the first film in the series to be shot in color, was finally released in 1972, signed by Italian director Mario Camerini , and directed the most small result at the box office of the saga, with 2.4 million spectators.

* Extract from It turns out badly! The unknown and tumultuous history of French cinema , Philippe Lombard, La Tengo.

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