Wednesday, March 25, 2009
3.9 Million French People Watch a Jean Gabin Movie in One Night!
Left to Right: Sydney Chaplin, Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, and Edward Meeks in director Henri Verneuil's classic 1969 action thriller Le Clan des Siciliens (The Sicilian Clan).
Last night, March 24th at 8:35pm, 3.9 million French people tuned in to watch Jean Gabin in the landmark 1969 film Le Clan des siciliens (The Sicilian Clan) on France's Channel 3, which is pretty fantastic for a 40-year-old movie. John Woo is developing a remake of this legendary caper film, and it's no wonder; as I've mentioned many times on this blogsite, it's a great, fast-paced movie, and worthy of everybody's attention -- and I'm not just talking about Gabin Fans, but everybody who likes very cool movies.
Incidentally, Charlie Chaplin's son, Sydney Chaplin, who plays one of Gabin's sons-in-law in the film, passed away in Rancho, Mirage California on March 3, 2009 at the age of 82. Actor-restaurateur-bon vivant Sydney Chaplin appeared in thirty-one feature films as an actor, including not only The Sicilian Clan but also two films directed by his father -- Limelight (1952) and The Countess From Hong Kong (1967).
For more about Jean Gabin, read WORLD'S COOLEST MOVIE STAR: THE COMPLETE 95 FILMS (AND LEGEND) OF JEAN GABIN, VOLUMES ONE AND TWO, by Charles Zigman, available through Amazon.com, or ask for it at your "finer" booksellers...
SICILIAN CLAN ON FRENCH T.V., 3.9 MILLION VIEWERS: