Le Splendid

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Le Splendid is a café-théâtre company founded by a collection of writers and actors in the 1970s - Christian Clavier, Michel Blanc, Gérard Jugnot, Thierry Lhermitte (four childhood friends who knew one another from the Lycée Pasteur in Neuilly-sur-Seine), Josiane Balasko, Marie-Anne Chazel, Bruno Moynot and Claire Magnin.[1] The members of the company went on to become some of the most significant actors and directors in French cinema from the 1980s onwards and have collectively won many César awards.

Anémone, Dominique Lavanant and Martin Lamotte have often worked with the troupe on stage and in films, but are not part of the collective. The café-théâtre was located in the rue des Lombards in the 4th arrondissement of Paris.

Members[edit]

Principal Members[edit]

Collaborators[edit]

Theatre[edit]

  • Je Vais Craquer
  • Ma Tête est Malade
  • Le Pot de Terre Contre le Pot de Vin
  • Bunny's Bar ou Les Hommes Préfèrent Les Grosses
  • Amours, coquillages et crustacés (stage version of the film Les Bronzés)
  • Le Père Noël est une ordure

Filmography[edit]

Individually each member of Le Splendid has had a successful career, collectively comprising hundreds of films and plays.

Box-office[edit]

Movies starring one or all members of the Splendid with more than a million of ticket sales.

Films Director Members Year France (entries)[clarify]
1 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra Alain Chabat Clavier 2002 14 559 509
2 Les Visiteurs Jean-Marie Poiré Clavier & Chazel 1993 13 782 991
3 Serial (Bad) Weddings Philippe de Chauveron Clavier 2014 12 361 430
4 French Fried Vacation 3 Patrice Leconte All 2006 10 355 930
5 The Dinner Game Francis Veber Lhermitte 1998 9 247 001
6 Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar Claude Zidi Clavier 1999 8 948 624
7 The Chorus Christophe Barratier Jugnot 2004 8 636 016
8 The Visitors II: The Corridors of Time Jean-Marie Poiré (2) Clavier & Chazel 1998 8 043 129
9 Un indien dans la ville Hervé Palud Lhermitte 1994 7 870 802
10 Marche à l'ombre Michel Blanc Blanc 1984 6 168 425
11 My New Partner Claude Zidi (2) Lhermitte 1984 5 882 397
12 Les Anges gardiens Jean-Marie Poiré (3) Clavier 1995 5 793 034
13 Going Places Bertrand Blier Lhermitte & Jugnot 1974 5 726 031
14 Little Nicholas Laurent Tirard Jugnot 2009 5 520 562
15 The Closet Francis Veber (2) Lhermitte 2001 5 317 858
16 The New Adventures of Aladdin Arthur Benzaquen Blanc 2015 4 424 083
17 Gramps Is in the Resistance Jean-Marie Poiré (4) Clavier, Jugnot, Balasko, Blanc & Lhermitte 1983 4 104 082
18 French Twist Josiane Balasko Balasko 1995 3 990 094
19 Serial Teachers Pierre-François Martin-Laval Clavier 2013 3 957 176
20 Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia Laurent Tirard (2) Jugnot 2012 3 820 404
21 Je vous trouve très beau Isabelle Mergault Blanc 2005 3 567 222
22 Babysitting 2 Nicolas Benamou & Philippe Lacheau Clavier 2015 3 203 541
23 Animal Claude Zidi (3) Balasko 1977 3 157 789
24 Tenue de soirée Bertrand Blier (2) Blanc 1986 3 144 799
25 Le Maître d'école Claude Berri Balasko 1981 3 015 596
26 Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo Vincent McEveety Jugnot & Balasko 1977 2 977 303
27 My New Partner II Claude Zidi (4) Lhermitte 1990 2 917 115
28 Didier Alain Chabat (2) Balasko 1997 2 902 960
29 Viens chez moi, j'habite chez une copine Patrice Leconte (2) Blanc & Chazel 1981 2 820 169
30 L'Enquête Corse Alain Berbérian Clavier 2004 2 667 275
31 The Vengeance of the Winged Serpent Gérard Oury Balasko 1984 2 663 303
32 Uranus Arlette Langmann & Claude Berri (2) Blanc 1990 2 545 412
33 Neuilly Yo Mama! Gabriel Julien-Laferrière Balasko 2009 2 517 140
34 The Umbrella Coup Gérard Oury (2) Jugnot 1980 2 451 606
35 Pinot simple flic Gérard Jugnot Jugnot 1984 2 418 756
36 The Lady Banker Francis Girod Lhermitte 1980 2 394 073
37 Babysitting Nicolas Benamou & Philippe Lacheau (2) Jugnot 2014 2 358 733
38 French Fried Vacation Patrice Leconte (3) All 1978 2 308 644
39 The Visitors: Bastille Day Jean-Marie Poiré (5) Clavier & Chazel 2016 2 188 217
40 The Joint Brothers Hervé Palud (2) Balasko 1986 2 179 370
41 A Crime in Paradise Jean Becker Balasko 2001 2 137 829
42 Back to Mom's Éric Lavaine Balasko 2016 2 120 106
43 Pardon Mon Affaire, Too! Yves Robert Balasko 1977 2 080 789
44 La Vengeance d'une blonde Jeannot Szwarc Clavier, Chazel & Lhermitte 1994 2 039 370
45 Too Beautiful for You Bertrand Blier (3) Balasko 1989 2 031 131
46 Dead Tired Michel Blanc (2) All 1994 2 015 230
47 Men Prefer Fat Girls Jean-Marie Poiré (6) Balasko & Lhermitte 1981 1 931 038
48 Le zèbre Jean Poiret Lhermitte 1992 1 866 623
49 Pas de problème ! Georges Lautner Jugnot 1975 1 810 393
50 La 7ème compagnie au clair de lune Robert Lamoureux Jugnot 1977 1 792 134
51 Monsieur Batignole Gérard Jugnot (2) Jugnot 2002 1 773 472
52 Cours après moi ... que je t'attrape Robert Pouret Chazel & Blanc 1976 1 755 935
53 Scout toujours... Gérard Jugnot (3) Jugnot 1985 1 755 081
54 Une époque formidable... Gérard Jugnot (4) Jugnot 1991 1 672 754
55 La Totale! Claude Zidi (5) Lhermitte 1991 1 639 813
56 French Fried Vacation 2 Patrice Leconte (4) All 1982 1 582 732
57 La nouvelle guerre des boutons Christophe Barratier (2) Jugnot 2011 1 542 231
58 Santa Claus Is a Stinker Jean-Marie Poiré (7) All 1979 1 535 781
59 Summer Things Michel Blanc (3) Blanc 2002 1 528 784
60 La Soif de l'or Gérard Oury (3) Clavier 1993 1 517 890
61 Les Rois du gag Claude Zidi (6) Jugnot & Lhermitte 1985 1 510 930
62 Le mariage du siècle Philippe Galland Lhermitte 1985 1 493 351
63 My Best Friend's Girl Bertrand Blier (4) Lhermitte 1983 1 485 746
64 L'opération Corned Beef Jean-Marie Poiré (8) Clavier 1991 1 475 580
65 The Race Djamel Bensalah Balasko & Jugnot 2002 1 456 267
66 Asterix and the Big Fight Philippe Grimond Chazel 1989 1 442 311
67 The Well-Digger's Daughter Daniel Auteuil Chazel 2011 1 401 319
68 Le coup de sirocco Alexandre Arcady Chazel & Jugnot 1979 1 387 034
69 Nuit d'ivresse Bernard Nauer Balasko, Lhermitte & Jugnot 1986 1 381 464
70 Absolutely Fabulous Gabriel Aghion Balasko 2001 1 370 394
71 Le prix à payer Alexandra Leclère Clavier 2007 1 368 791
72 Twist again à Moscou Jean-Marie Poiré (9) Clavier 1986 1 361 683
73 Le quart d'heure américain Philippe Galland (2) Jugnot 1982 1 337 893
74 Paris 36 Christophe Barratier (3) Jugnot 2008 1 331 585
75 Promotion canapé Didier Kaminka Lhermitte 1990 1 324 814
76 Pour cent briques, t'as plus rien... Édouard Molinaro Jugnot 1982 1 303 784
77 On aura tout vu Georges Lautner (2) Jugnot, Blanc & Chazel 1976 1 290 565
78 The Toy Francis Veber (3) Jugnot 1976 1 249 452
79 La gitane Philippe de Broca Chazel 1986 1 248 434
80 Just Visiting Jean-Marie Poiré (10) Clavier 2001 1 217 623
81 Boudu Gérard Jugnot (5) Jugnot 2005 1 199 369
82 Ma femme s'appelle reviens Patrice Leconte (5) Blanc 1982 1 188 840
83 Most Promising Young Actress Gérard Jugnot (6) Jugnot & Lhermitte 2000 1 184 971
84 My Life Is Hell Josiane Balasko (2) Balasko 1991 1 170 523
85 Un été d'enfer Michael Schock Lhermitte 1984 1 138 383
86 The Roommates Party Alexandra Leclère (2) Balasko 2015 1 131 775
87 Let Joy Reign Supreme Bertrand Tavernier Blanc, Clavier, Lhermitte & Jugnot 1975 1 124 845
88 Mauvais esprit Patrick Alessandrin Lhermitte 2003 1 106 439
89 Merci la vie Bertrand Blier (5) Blanc 1991 1 088 777
90 Circulez y'a rien à voir Patrice Leconte (6) Blanc 1983 1 084 439
91 Signes extérieurs de richesse Jacques Monnet Balasko 1983 1 074 802
92 Lady Cops Josiane Balasko (3) Balasko 1987 1 071 467
93 Je vais craquer !!! François Leterrier Clavier 1980 1 053 217
94 Effroyables jardins Jean Becker (2) Lhermitte 2003 1 035 142
95 Memories Jean-Paul Rouve Blanc 2014 1 034 505
96 Le prince du Pacifique Alain Corneau Lhermitte 2000 1 028 640
97 Fanfan Alexandre Jardin Lhermitte 1993 1 020 679
98 Casque bleu Gérard Jugnot (7) Jugnot 1994 1 015 156
99 Do Not Disturb Patrice Leconte (7) Clavier 2014 1 006 867
100 La Gueule de l'autre Pierre Tchernia Blanc 1979 1 000 704
  • Christian Clavier play in 25 movies over a million of entries. The films in which he played has sold 122 167 881 ticket.
  • Thierry Lhermitte play in 29 movies over a million of entries. The films in which he played has sold 109 850 038 ticket.
  • Gérard Jugnot play in 33 movies over a million of entries. The films in which he played has sold 105 415 238 ticket.
  • Josiane Balasko play in 26 movies over a million of entries. The films in which she played has sold 78 534 082 ticket.
  • Michel Blanc play in 21 movies over a million of entries. The films in which he played has sold 69 400 706 ticket.
  • Marie-Anne Chazel play in 16 movies over a million of entries. The films in which she played has sold 60 138 655 ticket.

Awards[edit]

Cannes Film Festival[edit]

Year Category Recipient Film Result
1986 Best Actor Award Michel Blanc Tenue de soirée Won
1994 Palme d'Or Dead Tired Nominated
Best Screenplay Award Won

César Award[edit]

Year Category Recipient Film Result
1985 César Award for Best First Feature Film Michel Blanc Marche à l'ombre Nominated
1987 César Award for Best Actor Tenue de soirée Nominated
1988 César Award for Best Actor Gérard Jugnot Tandem Nominated
1990 César Award for Best Actor Michel Blanc Monsieur Hire Nominated
César Award for Best Actress Josiane Balasko Too Beautiful for You Nominated
1992 César Award for Best Actor Gérard Jugnot Une époque formidable... Nominated
1994 César Award for Best Actor Christian Clavier Les Visiteurs Nominated
César Award for Best Writing Nominated
César Award for Best Actress Josiane Balasko Not Everybody's Lucky Enough to Have Communist Parents Nominated
1995 César Award for Best Writing Michel Blanc Dead Tired Nominated
1996 César Award for Best Writing Josiane Balasko French Twist Won
César Award for Best Film Nominated
César Award for Best Director Nominated
1998 César Award for Best Supporting Actor Gérard Jugnot Marthe Nominated
2000 Honorary César Josiane Balasko Career Won
2003 César Award for Best Writing Michel Blanc Summer Things Nominated
2004 César Award for Best Actress Josiane Balasko That Woman Nominated
2005 César Award for Best Actor Gérard Jugnot The Chorus Nominated
2007 César Award for Best Actor Michel Blanc Je vous trouve très beau Nominated
2008 César Award for Best Actor The Witnesses Nominated
2012 César Award for Best Supporting Actor The Minister Won

Thierry Lhermitte and Marie-Anne Chazel have never been nominated for a César Award. Josiane Balasko is the most awarded with 2 César and Michel Blanc, the most nominated with 8 nomination.

European Film Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Film Result
2004 European Film Award for Best Actor Gérard Jugnot The Chorus Nominated

Golden Globe Awards[edit]

Year Category Recipient Film Result
1995 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film Josiane Balasko French Twist Nominated

Lumières Award[edit]

Year Category Recipient Film Result
1996 Lumières Award for Best Screenplay Josiane Balasko French Twist Won
2007 Lumières Award for Best Actor Michel Blanc Je vous trouve très beau Nominated
2014 Lumières Award for Best Actor Thierry Lhermitte The French Minister Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Serandour, Marianne (21 Sep 1995). "Les visiteurs du ciel" (in French). L'Express. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 

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