STORY – In theaters next Wednesday, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s film-event relating the fire in the cathedral is intended to be as realistic as possible. Until what point?
A blockbuster featuring heroic firefighters, and a cathedral totally overwhelmed by a fire that it obviously did not see coming: the film by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Notre Dame is burning, hitting screens March 16, is neither quite a documentary nor quite a fiction. During this evening of April 15, 2019, “reality surpassed fiction, and the truth was implausible”, explains the director, for whom “there was no need to add a lot to make a good story”. How did he operate? What arrangements has he made with reality? Who advised him? Le Figaro deciphers the Annaud method in six points.
What are its sources?
“I wanted to stick as closely as possible to what I learned from each other”, explains the director. His teams first deciphered the press and the media, as the latter had extensively reported on the few hours of the fire, between 6:20 p.m., when the alarm went off, and 3 a.m.…