Luc Besson (again) suspected of plagiarism, and of having exploited his team

Luc Besson (again) suspected of plagiarism, and of having exploited his team

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Several students from the École de la Cité, founded by Luc Besson, denounced the lunar filming and WTF ofArthur, curse.

After watching its first trailer, the latest project stamped Luc Besson, unexpected horrific spin-off ofArthur and the Invisibleswas enough to arouse concern, even dismay. A film with questionable and difficult to understand motivations, artistic suicide Arthur, curse is already shaping up to be Europacorp’s new bitter failure, just two years after the catastrophic Anne.

Carried by an intrigue less credible than a politician in the middle of a promotional campaign, Arthur, curse therefore tells the story of a band of teenagers who, despite their 18 years of age, still devote a singular cult to the children’s franchise transposed to the screen by Besson in the mid-2000s. Eager to please the most fan of them, the group of friends then decides to embark on a camping-urbex weekend in order to explore the now abandoned sets of the film.

Unfortunately for them (and for the viewer), the places turn out to be no more abandoned than an influencer party in the middle of a pandemic, and soon enough discover that the places are in fact inhabited by dangerous entities with a strong taste for dismemberment without consent. Meta and self-centered trip half on acid aside, the footage directed by Barthélémy Grossmann is an attack on anyone with sight.

Underpinned by a non-existent staging, an audience of actors whose acting skills seem to have been forgotten in the dressing rooms, epileptic editing and a narrative framework as disjointed as it is incoherent, it would not be unreasonable to wonder if the traditional film production process has not stalled somewhere. Ecran Large had also been contacted as soon as the trailer was released by someone close to the filming team, already alerting to the mediocrity of the film to come and the particularly strange filming conditions.

And according to some students from the École de la Cité, who participated willy-nilly in the accursed adventure, it would seem that the project smelled of a nauseating smell from its genesis.

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Publicly speaking, it all starts when a young assistant director points the finger some similarities between the trailer of the footage produced by Besson, and his own short film made five years earlier (and with none other than Shannah Besson at the top of the bill, it will be specified). And indeed from the decor to the concept, the two films seem to respond well to each other.

If the director of the film specifies on his Twitter account that he in no way accuses Luc Besson of plagiarism, it would however be a question of underlining that the filmmaker behind The fifth Element is by no means at its first attempt in terms of artistic counterfeits. Repeatedly accused of having borrowed a little too easily from others, Besson was in fact sentenced in 2016 by the Paris Court of Appeal to pay back some 465,000 euro fine to John Carpenter, his co-writer Nick Castle, and StudioCanal for plagiarizing New York 1997.

Whether or not Luc Besson was inspired by the short film directed by Reudet is one thing. But the chaos hovering around the production ofArthur, Curse, is, however, far from stopping there. In the comments of the video review of the film by youtubeur Durendal, a former student of the École de la Cité applied to describe the vast shambles of which the production of the film would have been the theater.

Arthur: Curse: photo, Mathieu Berger

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Start to smell the scam coming

no one said it was easy, no one ever said it would be that hard

According to Lesmouchesdu74 (internet pseudonym used by the former student in question), Luc Besson himself one day went to the École de la Cité to propose a feature film project to the students. The filmmaker tells them he wants to produce a horrific film in the world ofArthur and the Invisibles and involve them fully in the process.

The latter then have carte blanche in terms of treatment, provided however that they stick to the imposed concept. Several scripts will be written over the weeks, but none seem to find favor with the filmmaker, who decides to write it himself. The students, disappointed, but not resentful, will then officiate as script-doctors.

A first upside down which will be, according to Lesmouchesdu74, far from being the last. Thus, during filming, the various students of the Cité would have been divided into several positions, which did not necessarily correspond to their apprenticeship (the school offers a screenplay pole, and a production pole).

Arthur: Curse: PictureDecor-metaphor

A distribution that is all the more curious since, firstly, the students do not have the professional experience required to occupy some of the positions that would have been assigned to them (Lesmouchesdu74 confides that inexperienced students occupied the positions of second and third assistant -directors – which represents colossal work – while others were attached to drafting contracts without having pre-established knowledge of the audiovisual convention), but above all, that the production had a budget of €2.24 million ! A modest sum for a lambda production, but very comfortable for a production without a headliner in unique decor.

As was therefore to be expected, having a team mainly made up of students with no stage experience would have given rise to lunar situationsusually the prerogative of graduation shoots. Thus, the students would have been forced to change position in the middle of filming, even for lack of means (according to the production however, since it is recalled, honorable financial means had indeed been advanced), to improvise extras or, even more surprisingly, stuntmen (and according to the testimony of Lesmouchesdu74, without protection).

Arthur: Curse: photo, Vadim AgidStudents on set

An incomprehensible situation given the financial means available to the film (which will not be more observable plastically or technically, we will add), flirting dangerously with irresponsibility, and above all, very different from what the filmmaker, Barthélémy Grossmann, reports.

According to an interview with The morningthe filmmaker was apparently completely free to choose his own technical team, and in no way mentions the students present on the set. Nor does he mention the extent of Besson’s investment in the production which, according to Lesmouchesdu74, would have shot several scenes, and a majority of reshoots. However, Grossman claims to have benefited from the complete confidence of the director, from great artistic freedom, and above all, from a budget ensuring a comfortable unfolding.

It would therefore seem that either the students of the Cité and the filmmaker did not officiate on the same project, or one of the two unfortunately found himself prisoner of a filming in the Upside Down World. However, according to another former student of the École de la Cité, who corroborates the words of Lesmouchesdu74, the incredible experience described in the student’s commentary would unfortunately nothing surprising:

In addition to the manifest disrespect that this strange production shows towards the whole cinematographic process, it would therefore seem that Luc Besson has blithely misguided the students mobilized on the project. A shame for a filmmaker who founded a school so that, as stipulated in the quote on the home page of the training website, young enthusiasts (…) who have not found their way through the classical voice, can have an alternative “.

If these various testimonies are of course to be taken with tweezers, nothing has been officially confirmedthe events described there, however, make it possible to get an idea of ​​what could have caused such footage. Either, a total disinterestedness of the cinema.

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