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Nathalie Reims paints a portrait of her lover Marcel Mouloudji in her book “Au long des jours”

Nathalie Reims paints a portrait of her lover Marcel Mouloudji in her book “Au long des jours”

1977. We play at the Théâtre de la Ville Polar praying mantis. Maria Casarès plays Catherine of Russia, Nathalie Rheims, 18, her young girl character. On the evening of the general, the actress puts an onyx ring on the dressing table of the actress’s apprentice, accompanied by a message that says ” Be happy “sign “Maria”. Happiness would come at the end of the performance in the form of a “Eerily familiar silhouette” aw “the most beautiful, most sincere, most charming smile”: Marcel Mouloudji. The singer compliments her playing, and she falls in love with him at first sight. A few days after their meeting, she is the one who pushes open the door of a musical cabaret to listen to his voice.

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After two decades of success, Mouloudji then found himself at the trough, damaged by fame, marked by the disappearance of his surrogate fathers: Raymond Queneau, Marcel Duhamel and Jacques Prévert, all three of whom died within six months. The young woman describes to him “certain perverse aspects of what is called the golden youth” , his childhood between a mother suffering from dementia and a construction worker father from Kabylia. His father, who has been taking him to the Fête de l’Huma since the age of 8, brings him to the Communist Party, which he is proud of. Reached “on top of the poster” interpretation Deserter your, Like a little poppyetc Complaint of unbelieversbecame a singer in the 1950s “all that[’il] hated: star ».

A free man

“The way he talked to himself, the way he revealed his fragility to me, made me want more and more to become a colorful line in the huge and sometimes dark story of his life” , retrospectively points to the writer. After forty-five years, she found her own way to tell the story of this lover of the year. Without mentioning his name, invoking fiction. As if she did not want to imprison a free man, allergic to all rules, whom she was not sure he understood. Time needed to read his books, listen to his songs. Exhuming from his memories the video taken by his sister, photographer Bettina Rheims. “That was us, in this black and white shot. I had the feeling that I was holding in my hands the rarest and most precious picture that could exist. […] It is up to me to make this fragile piece of existence stay or disappear forever. ” During the dayshe could then be put on paper, and the song of her resurrected lovers survive oblivion.

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Through the daysNathalie Reims – Léo Scheer Editions, 17 euros

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