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Les Souvenirs d'enfance de Marcel Pagnol : la réappropriation d'une oeuvre autobiographique au cinéma, à la télévision et en bande dessinée

Abstract : La Gloire de mon père, Le Château de ma mère, Le Temps des secrets et Le Temps des amours constitute Souvenirs d’enfance tetralogy, the last volume published after the author’s death. In these novels, Marcel Pagnol goes back to the happy years of his childhood, mentioning first his birthday before to end with the time spent at school in order to get his high school diploma. It makes the only autobiographic work of his literary and film career. Due to lack of time, the author didn’t have the possibility to adapt for the screen his Souvenirs d’enfance. But we find several adaptations of this work, which constitute the corpus of this essay: the two films directed by Yves Robert, La Gloire de mon père and Le Château de ma mère, titles also adapted in comic strips by Serge Scotto and Eric Stoffel, and the two telefilms of Thierry Chabert for Le Temps des secrets and Le Temps des amours. The aim of this essay is to compare these different versions which were produced and the Pagnol’s original novels. That leads us into characteristics of each medium, while analyzing specific passages of novels. Yves Robert chose in particular to condense the first free romantic intrigues in order to fluidize his narration. Thierry Chabert didn’t ignore his predecessor’s adaptation, considering it as a supporting point to do a following which combine the content of the two last Pagnol’s novels. We also note that his scenario includes some external elements, which is justified. Lastly, Serge Scotto, Eric Stoffel and Morgann Tanco have caused the two first comic strips corresponding to the two first volumes of Souvenirs d’enfance. They preferred not to take into account audiovisual versions concerning the scenario and the drawing, based only on novels and family records. The next comic strips will balance the plots of the last two novels, as regards the “secrets” then “love”. Finally, the objective of our work is to interest at the way which an adapter can appropriate himself Pagnol’s novels, while retaining topics dear to the author: the homage paid at his family and at his native land, the Provence, sublimated in many descriptions.
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Laure Desclaux. Les Souvenirs d'enfance de Marcel Pagnol : la réappropriation d'une oeuvre autobiographique au cinéma, à la télévision et en bande dessinée. Littératures. 2017. ⟨dumas-01824059⟩

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