TV movie directed in 2002 by Patrick Volson, from a screenplay by Daniel Vigne and Brigitte Peskine.
Pierre Rampal (Sagamore Stévenin) is a country doctor passing through Gévaudan. In the village of Saugues, Father Pourcher and his mother, an authoritarian widow, encourage superstitions and accuse a peasant, Jean Chastel (Jean-François Stévenin), of witchcraft...
This TV movie takes up both the theories of the sadistic madman and the rabid wolf. Thus, Count De Morangiès is depicted as the author of bloody murders, wearing a wolf's skin and crushing the throats of his victims with an iron jaw.
Wolves then come to devour the bodies left by the assassin. The character of Jean Chastel is quite faithful to reality, although he was not a weaver but an innkeeper and he had no eldest daughter (the Chastel sons, Pierre and Antoine, linked to the history of the Beast, do not appear in the story).
The character of the abbot (Guillaume Gallienne) is inspired by Pierre Pourcher, a priest considered to be the first historian of the Beast.
In the heart of France, during the reign of Louis XV, a mysterious beast kills dozens of people without anyone being able to identify or kill it...
Based on real events, the story of the Beast of Gévaudan remains one of the most unique and fascinating enigmas of our past. Christophe Gans, through his new film, invites us to pursue him...
The knight Grégoire de Fronsac (Samuel Le Bihan), naturalist in the king's garden, is sent by the latter to the Gévaudan region to paint a portrait of the beast. He is accompanied by Mani (Mark Dacascos), an Indian from the Mohawk tribe, his blood brother, whom he met during the Seven Years' War in "New France". Fronsac and Mani move in with the young Marquis Thomas d'Apcher (Jérémie Renier), an enlightened nobleman. Attacks are increasing, savage and deadly. FRonsac must face the facts: the beast exists and does not correspond to any known creature...
The case caused a stir in the kingdom and undermined the very authority of the king. Despite his urgent orders, the beast still rages, closer, more elusive. She is believed to be dejected, she is declared dead, she reappears. The troops dispatched do not change anything. Who is this monster working for? What design is hidden behind his attacks?
In the first episode, the camera follows the Jouve and Portefaix families, representatives of the peasantry of the time. We also find other key characters: the trustee Lafont, Captain Duhamel, the Marlet de la Chaumette brothers, the tale of Morangiès… without forgetting of course, the priest, who is entrusted with a heavy task: the reading of the terrible Mandement of the bishop.
In the second episode, "We find the story of the exploit of Mother Jouve, in Margeride, this woman who manages to save her child from the beast", explains Jean Soulet.
Few transition scenes, the images follow one another for 40 minutes without leaving the viewer a second of boredom. A small feat, when you know that the filming took place in just… nine days! The decorations are authentic, we find there the court of Marvejols, the castles of Saint-Alban and Fournels and on the communes of Fontans, Serverette, Saint-Denis-en-Margeride and Saint-Alban-sur-Limagnole with the permanent concern of enhance the natural and historical heritage.
"But this subject, you either hate it or you love it and there are several versions, several beliefs. This film offers different tracks. I have used archival documents in order to give a true version, but I hope these leads will spark debate. »
Among the hypotheses evoked, we find in the film the trial of a wolf leader, accused of being the owner of animals having killed. "In this idea of wolves trained by men, one can wonder if ultimately, the beast of Gévaudan would not be a wolf trained to attack..."
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It took no less than three days of filming on site, more than four and a half hours of rushes, two whole months of editing, to be able to present you with a unique report of its kind.
You will discover a presentation of some events that took place during this festival, but especially the evening debate which was presented by Gérard Saint-Paul in person and bringing together all the specialists of the Beast.
As it was impossible to present everything in a single documentary, the author added 11 mini-documentaries as a bonus, mostly scenes cut during editing, but also the presentation and personal theory of each of the 10 specialists gathered at the occasion of this festival.
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Report published in 1988 in "Midi magazine", devoted to the legend of the Beast of Gévaudan, whose dark story is told through archival documents, film clips, engravings and testimonies by Jean LEBRE, Jean ORLHAC, the ethologist Gérard MENATORY and the author Hugues MENATORY.
This ferocious creature killed for the first time in June 1764 near Langogne, the starting point of a long series of similar dramas which would only end 3 years later. The subject also touches on the question of the rehabilitation of wolves.
Report broadcast in 1981 in regional news France region 3, Toulouse. While the myth of the Beast of Gévaudan is evoked in the theater, the director of the said play returns to the story of this creature and exposes the various hypotheses linked to its fatal destiny.
Report broadcast in 1977 in the program "Once upon a time", Henri GOUGAUD tells the legend of the beast of Gévaudan on images of landscapes and villages of Lozère.
Report broadcast in the regional news of Ile de France on June 1, 1978, the story of the beast of Gévaudan is told on illustrations from the 18th century.
In 1967, the ORTF broadcast the first program in its series entitled "Le tribunal de l'impossible". This program was devoted to "the Beast of Gévaudan".
It was followed by a debate moderated by Michel SUBIELA, with Francis PETER (deputy director of the Museum of Natural History), Mr. de SAINT-AUBIN (hunting specialist), Mr. Georges-Henri RIVIERE (founder of the Museum Arts and Popular Traditions), Ms. Elise SEGUIN (Historian), and Mr. Francis LACASSIN (author of studies on witchcraft).
Recording kept and presented by the Institut National de l'Audiovisuel (INA).