John Madden: “I would not have imagined that my film would come out in wartime”

INTERVIEW – The British director, author of comedies whose Shakespeare in Love, in 1998, tackles the historical genre in his latest feature film.

At 73, John Madden looks like a British gentleman. The director of Shakespeare in Lovethe seven-Oscar comedy, likes to mix British humour, a pinch of nonsense with deeper reflections on the profession of director, while remaining very modest. The author of spy films like The Rachel Singer Affairor bittersweet comedies such asIndian Palacethis time tackles a historical film telling the true story of an Allied disinformation offensive that changed the course of the war in 1943, “Operation Mincemeat”.

LE FIGARO. – How did you find out about “Operation Mincemeat”?

John MADDEN.- This happened in two stages. As I am part of the baby boomer generation, this story seemed to me like a kind of urban legend. I remembered that the young Ian Fleming, in 1939, had drawn up a list of stratagems to fool the enemy, including the one who proposed to drop a corpse disguised as an English airman…

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