The homage of the Académie Alphonse Allais to Jean-Claude Carrière “his serious but never serious brother”


The chancellor of the cenacle of humor and reasoned absurdity, Xavier Jaillard, encouraged by René de Obaldia, Claude Lelouch and Philippe Geluck, remembers with emotion the great screenwriter who died on February 8.

Dear Jean-Claude, it is a pleasure for me to induct you into the Académie Alphonse Allais and of course to speak the worst of you …This benevolent joke has its price because it was pronounced on the day of the reception of Jean-Claude Carrière, in May 2017, in the cenacle of laughter and humor by René de Obaldia, 102 Printemps aux fleurs, which has the advantage of being at the same time the dean of the “French and … Allaisian Academies”.

At the express request, therefore, of René de Obaldia, Claude Lelouch, Philippe Geluck, Grégoire Lacroix and all the members grieved by the loss of the great screenwriter, Xavier Jaillard the chancellor of the Academy Alphonse Allais wrote a eulogy in memory of Jean-Claude Carrière. Le Figaro publishes it exclusively.

“When an Occitan winegrower starts writing for Jacques Tati and Pierre Etaix, then, who knows how, for Bunuel, Milos Forman, Jacques Deray, and who goes all the way to the Cannes Film Festival and even to the Oscars…
When the author of Monsieur Hulot’s vacation suddenly explains the Buddhism of the Dalai Lama …
When the cartoonist suddenly adapts and stages the greatest poem in the world, founder of Hindu society …
When the dry-stone wall builder created around sixty major films for the cinema …
When the collector of saucy poems, between two galéjades, wonders with Christopher Columbus if the Indians had a soul …
… This one, it is urgently necessary to incorporate it into the society of exceptional men who seek wisdom in nonsense, and depth of thought in the absurd that makes people laugh. So he joined the Obaldia, the Umberto Eco, the Devos, the Geluck, the Orsenna, the Lelouch, the Alain Reyes, all his brothers of serious but never serious philosophy – the real thinkers, what.
Like Alphonse Allais, Jean-Claude Carrière must have died laughing at the vanity of life. ”

When René de Obaldia, Philippe Geluck, Claude Lelouch and Xavier Jaillard spoke badly, for good, of their friend Jean-Claude Carrière on the day of his reception at the Académie Alphonse in 2017

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