mercredi 19 avril 2017

In Memoriam







C'est avec beaucoup de tristesse que je vous annonce le décès de Yvonne Monlaur.
Elle nous a quittés le mardi 18 avril.

Selon ses volontés et celles de son fils Alexis,
ce blog restera en ligne afin de célébrer sa mémoire.

Pour de nombreux cinéphiles, elle sera à jamais cette éblouissante incarnation du charme féminin des années soixante.
Elle aura traversé le cinéma Italien et Fantastique avec une grâce qui, aujourd'hui encore, enchante tous ceux qui découvrent ses films.

A travers le blog, les conventions internationales et les hommages, elle avait retrouvé son public et vu de nouvelles générations de fans venir à sa rencontre et l'applaudir.

Yvonne aimait passionnément la vie et les autres.
Et c'est tout naturellement que notre relation de travail durant la rédaction de ce blog s'est muée en une profonde et sincère amitié.
Je mesure aujourd'hui à quel point il en est aussi le plus beau témoignage.

Son ami,
Jean-Luc Gagé



It is with great sadness that I have to announce the passing of Yvonne Monlaur. She left us yesterday, Tuesday, April 18.

According to her wishes and those of her son Alexis, this blog will remain online to celebrate her memory.

For many film fans, she will be forever the dazzling incarnation of the feminine charm of the sixties.
She will have blessed the Italian and fantastic cinema with a grace that, still today, delights all those who discover her films.

Through the blog, international conventions and tributes, she found her audience again and saw new generations of fans come to meet her and applaud her.

Yvonne passionately loved life and others. And it is only natural that our working relationship during the writing of this blog has changed into a deep and sincere friendship.
Today, I can see how it is also its unique testimony.

Her friend,
Jean-Luc Gagé




" Très triste d'apprendre la disparition d'Yvonne Monlaur, l'inoubliable Marianne Danielle des " Maîtresses de Dracula" de Terence Fisher, mais aussi Nicole dans " Le Cirque des horreurs", Lee dans "L'empreinte du Dragon Rouge", ou Nora Rivière dans le sulfureux " Concerto de la peur" de Benazeraf.

Pour lui rendre hommage, un extrait d'une vidéo filmée récemment lors d'une interview qu'elle m'avait accordée. 
A la fin de l'entretien, elle avait joué le jeu d'une lecture du célèbre numéro 1 de Midi-Minuit fantastique, où bien sûr, il était question de Dracula et du baron Meinster...
RIP dear Yvonne." Nicolas Stanzick - Midi Minuit Fantastique





  ( Vidéo réalisée par / directed by Erwan Le Gac )



"Very sad to hear of the passing of Yvonne Monlaur,
the unforgettable Marianne Danielle from Terence Fisher's " Brides of Dracula", but also Nicole in " Circus of Horrors", Lee in " The Terror of the Tongs", or Nora Rivière in Benazeraf's sulfurous " Night of Lust".

To pay tribute to her, here is an excerpt from a video 
recently filmed during an interview she had given me.
At the end of the interview, she had accepted to read from the famous number 1 issue of Midi-Minuit Fantastique, which of course was about Dracula and baron Meinster...
RIP dear Yvonne." Nicolas Stanzick - Midi Minuit Fantastique


"Une bien triste nouvelle.
J'ai toujours en mémoire ma visite à Yvonne Monlaur, 
la qualité de son accueil et la précision de ses passionnants souvenirs ( notamment la scène des cadenas 
des  "Maîtresses de Dracula" ): témoignage irremplaçable
du glorieux temps de la Hammer films et témoignage radio  en or."

"Very sad news. 
I always remember my visit to Yvonne Monlaur, the quality of her welcolme and the precisions of her exciting memories 
( notably the scene of the locks in " Brides of Dracula" ): an irremplaceable testimony of the glorious times of Hammer films and a gold stuff for radio."
François Angelier - Mauvais Genres / France Culture

"I met Yvonne when shooting " Brides of Dracula". We were both very young ( I was 28 and Yvonne just 20 ).  
Yvonne was so beautiful, professional and sweet with every one. We met again, many years later, at Hammer films convention  at Bray studios,  where the film was shot. 
She looked great, pretty as ever, and had not changed that much. She will be very missed by a lot of people, and I hope many will pay homage to her. She deserved it so."
Andrée Melly - Gina in "Brides of Dracula"

" Yvonne was a terrific actress and a wonderful lady. I was privileged to first know her when Simon Greetham and I organized the Bray Days with many Hammer alumnis and she was just a joy to be with. she later gracefully granted me an interview in her home near Paris.
She will be sadly missed. She is forever associated with so many good memories of times gone by."
Don Fearney - Hammer Bray Days conventions UK

" I was absolutely devasted to hear of the passing of Yvonne. So upset actually.
She was the most charming, beautiful and funny woman. 
An amazing and very dignified lady.
I shall miss her enormously. We had so much fun together at film conventions.
I send all my love and prayers to her family and her son Alexis, whom she positively adored. "
Caroline Munro 

" Yvonne was such a sweet lady and I love the time we had together.
We last met at the festival of fantastic films at Manchester and she bought me a scarf for my birthday.
I am so saddened by this terrible news. My condolenses and love to her family."
Wayne Kinsey - Writer UK 

" I did not know Yvonne very well but had met her a few times, in various film conventions.
She immediatly went to my heart. She was such a lovely spirit, so adorable, sweet and kind. 
I was looking forward to meeting her again and I am so sorry she is gone. All my thoughts go to her and her family."
Martine Beswick

" Yvonne was one of the sweetest guests we ever had at our conferences. Every one love her.
I'll never forget one show when I ran into Yvonne in back hotel hallway, just her and me.
She grabbed me and looked right into my eyes and said in that beautiful broken english :
" I want to tell you Ron, you are ... family. My family in America. 
You mean so much."
That is my memory that I will always take with me."
Ron Adams - Monster Bash USA






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lundi 20 février 2017

Agence Interim : Banque (1969)



With Georges Adet and Marius Laurey

( lire la version française)
When my agent offered me a part in a French series, I welcomed the news with shared feelings.
Of course, I was delighted to shoot again in my country, I had a good memory of Claude Pierson’s “Chevalier Bayard” and Dominique Nohain’s “Ah the women”, but I had arrived at a time in my career where I wanted to ease up a bit. Besides, I was several months pregnant, and the promise of a happy event occupied all my thoughts.

The director of the series, Marcel Moussy, insisted on meeting me. He asked me if I liked to sing. He was ready to wait for the birth of my son towards the end of winter to continue filming of the episode with me.

As Peggy

Summary :
Two night watchmen in a bank ask to be replaced to go to a feast in Brittany. That night, criminals decide to rob the bank ...


“Agence Interim: Banque” remains a fond memory. On this occasion, I had Pierre Richard as a partner. He was a very nice man, and one could easily foresee that he would have a great career, given his irresistible comic power.

I even remember seeing the talented Francis Veber join him during a lunch break. There was already a great complicity between these two artists.


With Pierre Richard

The wardrobe lady had found me a very pretty costume of a dancer in gold lame. She made me wear a very tight corset to hide the curves of my past pregnancy.

The episode was a tribute to the Music-Hall with a nod to the burlesque films, evidenced by a mad rush in the middle of the plot.

For my part, I had the great honor of singing Mistinguett’s biggest hit : “C’est vrai !”
It is the kind of fantasy that French television could afford at that time, in spite of a tight budget, but with such a sense of entertainment that it still gives today a certain charm to all these amused and amusing productions !


With Pierre Richard

Agence Interim : Banque (1969)


Avec George Adet et Marius Laurey

Lorsque mon agent me proposa un rôle dans une série française, j'accueillis la nouvelle avec des sentiments partagés.
Bien sûr,  j'étais ravie de tourner à nouveau dans mon pays, j'avais gardé un bon souvenir de "Chevalier Bayard" de Claude Pierson et "Ah les femmes" de Dominique Nohain, mais j'étais arrivée à un moment de ma carrière où je voulais lever le pied. De plus j'étais enceinte de plusieurs mois et la promesse d'un heureux événement occupait toutes mes pensées.
Le réalisateur de la série, Marcel Moussy insista pour me rencontrer. Il me demanda si j'aimais chanter. Il était prêt à attendre la naissance de mon fils vers la fin de l'hiver, pour poursuivre le tournage de l'épisode avec moi.


Dans le rôle de Peggy

 Résumé :
Deux veilleurs de nuit dans une banque demandent à être remplacés pour aller à La fête des bretons. Cette nuit-là, des malfaiteurs ont décidé de cambrioler la banque...


"Agence Interim: Banque" reste un bon souvenir. A cette occasion, je donnais la réplique à Pierre Richard un homme sympathique dont il n'était pas difficile de prévoir qu'il ferait une grande carrière tant il avait un pouvoir comique irrésistible.
Je me souviens même avoir aperçu le talentueux Françis Veber le rejoindre durant une pause déjeuner. Il y avait déjà une grande complicité entre ces deux artistes.


Avec Pierre Richard

La costumière m'avait trouvé un très joli costume de danseuse en lamé or. Elle me fit porter un corset très serré pour masquer les rondeurs de ma grossesse passée.
L'épisode se voulait un hommage au Music-Hall avec un clin d'oeil appuyé aux films burlesques, en témoigne cette cavalcade folle qui traverse l'intrigue.

J'avais, pour ma part, l'insigne honneur de reprendre le grand succès de Mistinguett: C'est vrai !
C'est le genre de fantaisie que la télévision française de l'époque pouvait se permettre, malgré de petits moyens, mais avec un tel sens du divertissement qu'il confère aujourd'hui un charme certain à toutes ces productions amusées et amusantes !

Avec Pierre Richard


Pour plus de précision sur la série, consulter l'excellent site BDFF

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