Dying of Jean Teulé, widespread author and TV determine

Dying of Jean Teulé, widespread author and TV determine

This good earthy big measured “1.96 m”, “a fathom, as we mentioned within the Center Ages”, corrected Jean Teulé, who disappeared on Tuesday night October 18, on the age of 69, from cardiac arrest at following a meals poisoning this weekend. The author of miscellaneous historical past—a phrase that fits him nicely, in each senses of the phrase, a lot did he love the variety of the world—knew every part, phrases from the previous. A form of historian at the very least as grasping as he’s realized. An encyclopaedist of macabre or shocking anecdotes.

He was born in 1953, on February 26, “like Victor Hugo and Buffalo Invoice”, he mentioned. Not everybody was fortunate sufficient to have communist mother and father, although. His father, nicknamed “Moscow seed” is even fired from a job and the household involves the Paris area the place the daddy is a carpenter at Humanity and his mom, a concierge on the city corridor of Arcueil.

Scholar Troublemaker of “Nowhere Else”

Interval of the purple suburbs round Paris. On the municipal college, his classmate was Jean-Paul Gaultier, with whom he would stay a pal, a fortune made for each of them. In ninth grade, the child is backside of the category, he’s directed in direction of automotive mechanics however his drawing instructor saves him. Teulé was first a person of pictures greater than phrases. For ten years, he made a residing from comics, the mainstay of L’Écho des Savanes.

There are a number of Teulés and first, for most of the people, that of tv, which a era discovers in “L’Assiette anglaise” round Bernard Rapp on Antenne 2 from 1987 to 1989. Black shirt with white polka dots, mop of curls, the eccentric humorous is 35 years outdated and already performs the small precision which kills: when the emission diffuses a report on a small movie of atypical soil en route for Cannes, “Les sabots à rocker”, he’s the one to know the origin of the expression: the seesaw is when the peasant has drunk an excessive amount of to stroll straight. This carnal relationship to the favored previous of the language will at all times be its signature.

Troublemaker of the nice period of “Nowhere else”, on Canal +, he made a face, a reputation and, in a short time, a piece. An editor, Betty Mialet, captivated by his eloquence, tells him: “You’re a author, however you do not know it but”. He has each motive to consider her: it was she, with Bernard Barrault, who found Philippe Djian. The latter within the blink of a watch calls Betty the heroine of “37°2 within the morning”.

A grasping strategy to historical past

Teulé can even have his personal model: remodeling abominable tales into bestsellers, just like the “Suicide Retailer” and so many historic tales that take a step apart. Who knew that Charles IX, the organizer of the Saint-Barthélemy massacres, had gone mad to dying on the age of twenty-two. Renamed “Charly 9”, the novel flies away, like “Le Montespan”, the cuckolded husband of Louis XIV’s favourite, of whom nobody has ever spoken.

That is Teulé, take a step again, or look from above, or relatively by means of the keyhole. This grasping strategy frequently appealed to tons of of 1000’s of readers – 500,000 for “Le Montespan” – however not at all times to purists. In 2020, his “Cronym, Baudelaire! nonetheless evokes in bookstores however not amongst critics, who generally discover it as vulgar as it’s widespread.

“Free man, you may at all times shit the ocean”, was capable of have enjoyable this lover of puns, however he additionally sees in Baudelaire “the primary trendy punk”, which is nicely seen and irrefutable of the cynical dandy, and dusts textbooks. Jean Teulé made individuals learn a lot, devoting extraordinary biographies to Villon or Verlaine: will we understand how prodigious he’s within the age of social networks? Lots of his novels have been tailored into comics, for the theater – a Molière for “Le Montespan” – or for the cinema, as with Patrice Leconte who made the “Suicide Retailer” an animated movie.

The breath of earth, blood and stupor

For twenty years, Jean Teulé lived with Miou-Miou. He had met her at his pal Jean-Pierre Coffe’s throughout a depressive interval and had not acknowledged her. He mentioned he mentioned to her “Hiya Madam”, earlier than realizing that he was dealing with the fantasy of his adolescence: “I advised everybody when the movie got here out that the girl of my life was the lady of the waltzers “. He was 20 years outdated, and it was price ready for his 55 years for this lightning assembly: they haven’t left one another since 1998.

He had misplaced his mop of hair however not his massive blue eyes and his loud phrases to inform the battle of Agincourt, the theme of his final story, final January, on the set of “C à vous”. It was raining and the horses weren’t neighing, which introduced defeat. The faculty dunce has made generations of French individuals learn, keen about historical past searching for a breath that smells of earth, blood, sweat and stupor. For there have been prostitutes on the battlefields, not for the warrior’s relaxation, however for his encouragement. It was not within the Michelet, however Teulé repaired such a omission.

His sudden dying at 69 will carry tears to the cottages, a phrase and an expression that this lover of proverbs and even revisited interval clichés will need to have liked. King Teulé is lifeless, what a tile, rattling it! It’s important to smile with this nice residing being who is not any extra.

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