Interview with Gérard
by Linda Compagnoni Walther
April 12 2009
Mistral: Bonjour Gérard, what was your first
thought when you learned about our Catherine
de Montsalvy Website?
Gérard: first of all, it seems so far in the
past, that I feel like
an ancient knight in his armour, in front of a computer!!
Mistral: Do you remember how you got your
role as " Chevalier
Jean de Xaintrailles" playing the hero's
(Arnaud de Montsalvy)
best friend and one of Jeanne d'Arc's most
faithful captain's in
"Catherine, Il suffit d'un amour"?
Gérard: In fact it was the second time I
worked with Marion
(Marianne) She just asked me to ride, and
being able to gallop
(in my armour) saying my text!
Mistral: Now that many years have gone by,
do you remember
what your feelings were, partaking in that
tv-production directed by Marion Sarraut -
after the besteller
"Catherine" by the author Juliette Benzoni?
Gérard: It was like an adventure with a time
armour, living in castle's and riding horses
all day long.
Mistral: Do you have any special fond
memories from acting
together with Claudine Ancelot (Catherine)
Escourrou (Arnaud) Philippe Clay (Barnaby)
(Duke Philippe) Isabelle Guiard (Jeanne
d'Arc) or Geneviève Casile (Queen Yolande)
to mention only a few?
Gérard: A great complicity and a lot of
laughs (and love!)
Mistral: Do you remember the reaction of the
public, press and critic - after Marion
Sarraut's tv-production which consisted
of sixty episodes (each 25 minutes long)
aired on March 1986?
Gérard: I think we had a very good audience.
During that time, while on screen, a lot of
people looked at me and said: "oh look, it is
Xaintrailles, how are you?" That was very
Mistral: You participated in three out of
four Marion Sarraut's
tv-series, adapted by Juliette Benzoni's
1985 in Marianne as the dashing Jason
the heroine's great love
1986 in Catherine as Jean de
the hero's best friend
1987 in Le Gerfaut as John Paul Jones
the famous American Admiral
If you had a wish free, which of the three
you like to be for a day?
Mistral: Did you ever have the chance to
meet your colleaques
from that period again? Be it in a film,
play or tv-series?
Gérard: Sometimes our paths crossed, but not
in a film, neither
in a TV-Serie (Pierre-Marie, very often in a
Mistral: In your long career, you acted in
and international movies. You became a
fantastic well known
singer of chansons, musicals, rock operas
and poet writer.
Directed two operas you had written yourself.
Is there still a part
you wished to play and have never been asked or there was never
the right moment for it?
Gérard: I would love to play the part of
Jacques Brel in the
future "life of Jacques Brel"
Mistral: During your concerts, you have
travelled to many exciting
places in the world - like Russia, Morocco,
Spain, Jordan, Syria
and as far as China. What kind of memories
did you bring back
home to your native France?
Gérard: The very simple idea, that men and
women all over the
world - are looking for peace and happiness.
Discovering that the best way to share
simple feelings and fraternity - are in
Mistral: What are you plans in the near
future? Can we expect to
see you soon in another television
production, see you on stage
or in a new musical?
Gérard: As you know, I am in the musical
"Don Quichotte Jacques Brel" which I wrote. When
we come back from Syria, we will perform
next in Morocco and I hope to find a theater in Paris for the next season...perhaps a theater in Switzerland??
Gérard Chambre has done
great honor to give
us our first exclusive interview. For a small
fansite like ours, this was an extraordinary
unbelievable moment. We thank him for the trust
he put in us - especially for that reason!
We would like to give our sincere thanks
and gratitude to Gérard, who
played Jean de Xaintrailles in
our beloved series " Catherine de Montsalvy"
and send him our best wishes for all his
projects now and in the future.
Merci beaucoup Gérard
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