Label: Vogue - LDA 20269 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: France • Genre: Non-Music, Pop • Style: Chanson, Comedy
Les Charlots was a group of French musicians, singers, comedians and film actors,   who were popular in the s, s, and early s. They renamed themselves Les Charlots and remained active from tothen again briefly from to as a duo.
Les Charlots means "the clowns" or "the idiots"  rather than being a direct reference to Charlie Chaplinwho Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur. generally called Charlot in France. Their light-hearted comedy style was influenced by the style of popular Italian group Brutos and by the anarchist humor of the Marx Brothers. They became friends and decided to form a rock band. They backed him on two his greatest hits, "Les Elucubrations d'Antoine" and "Je Dis ce que je pense, je vis comme je veux".
Inwhile he was vacationing in Portugal his home countryLuis Rego was imprisoned for a few months under the Salazar regime, for desertion and rebellion. Rego rejoined the group as soon as he was released. Indrummer Rieubon was called up for military service and left the band.
After a spoof of Antoine's "Je Dis ce que je pense, je vis comme je veux" released under the alias "Les Charlots" became a novelty hit, their manager convinced them to stick to the comic genre and switch names for good. Most of the songs were written by Rinaldi, more occasionally by Sarrus or Rego. Rinaldi was the main singer and the Until I Find You - Tim Vanhamel - Welcome To The Blue House others sang backing vocals.
In the late '60s, they began to appear in comedy sketches on French television, most notably in an episode Seeing Things - The Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker satirical television cartoon Les Shadokswith Jean Yanne. InRolling Stone magazine named them the Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur. French rock musicians. Inthey recorded a cover album with songs by Boris Vian.
Producer Michel Ardan hired them for their first film "because Conga Man - Various - Invasion & Maroon Riddim children had seen them on television and found them very funny The film wasn't very good, mostly due to the fact that Les Charlots Sax Enjoyment (Original Mix) - Matteo Palmieri, Bruno Barra - Sax Enjoyment actors and didn't get along with director Philippe Clair often considered to be one of the worst French directors ever.
But surprisingly, La Grande Java was a hit with teen audiences. All their films from to 8 films became phenomenal hits in France and all around the world thanks to the fact that according to Rinaldi "you didn't need to speak french to understand the plots!
About their films, Les Charlots have often said that their only criteria were the glamorous locations, warm weather and good food. None of them originally intended to become actors and they didn't think their movie career would last. They just started out of curiosity, with no ambition to become actors whatsoever. Acting in films was just the icing on the cake. But they had this youthful energy that young people of the time connected to, so after their first film became a hit, they caught the acting bug.
They continued to appear on stage and record albums but movies became their main activity in the '70s. Their films focused on the group's anti-authoritarian lifestyle and free-spirited youthfulness, their friendship, freedom, love of music and pretty girls, their laziness towards work, their numerous blunders and their hatred of authority figures like the army.
The films depicted the members in absurd situations and visual gags. In Les Bidasses en Folie and sequel Les Bidasses s'en vont en Guerrethey played young musicians drafted in the army, trying their best to be sent to the regiment jail rather than taking part in the manoeuvres.
Their nemesis was a bald and severe sergeant named Sergeant Bellec played by character actor Jacques Seiler who had to endure his new recruits' blunders and was ultimately always ridiculed by the boys.
In their biggest hit, Les Fous du Stade they played reluctant athletes in the Olympics. In Le Grand Bazarthey were reluctant factory workers, helping their shopkeeper friend Emile Michel Galabru fight against a brand new modern supermarket. For the occasion, actors Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwellcameoed in their roles from the franchise as M and Miss Moneypenny respectively.
In Les Charlots Contre Draculathey became reluctant vampire hunters. Rinaldi usually played the straight good-looking guy and the others were his goofy, faithful friends. Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur. were directed four times by Claude Zidi who started his directing career with the group.
At the height of their success, Rego left the group injust before the release of their second film, Les Bidasses en Folie Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur. focus on a successful solo career as an actor. Years later, Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel - A Hazy Shade Of Winter / Special Sampler said he regretted his decision because the following Charlots films were extremely successful.
Another reason for leaving the group was that he felt the scripts for their films or for their sketches on television often worked better with a four men team than with five and that he sometimes felt a little lost in the middle of the others or underappreciated. He ultimately left the group. The project was to be called "Merci Patron", after their hit song of the same name. Following their acrimonious split with Christian Fechner, the film was rewritten for emerging comedian Coluche who had appeared with them in a small role in Le Grand Bazarrenamed L'Aile Ou la Cuisse and became a huge success, launching Coluche's film career.
Rinaldi, Sarrus and Filipelli went on as a trio from tobut their five subsequent films, with the lack of a decent producer, lesser budgets, mediocre scripts and directors, were less successful and lacked the lightness of their other films.
All of their other films as a trio misfired. Informer member Rego joined his friends in a supporting part in Le Retour des Bidasses en Foliea very bad film that tried to capitalize on their hit film Les Bidasses en Foliebut where Les Charlots played different characters. Years later, Filipelli acknowledged that "if you are a fan of Les Charlots, it's best that you don't watch our last films Inthey appeared in their first theatre play, "La Cuisine des Anges"a very successful experience.
They still made a lot of television appearances and despite the lesser success of their films, the trio was still very popular. After the release of their 14th film, Charlots Connectionthe lesser success of the group saw Rinaldi leave his friends in to focus on his movie and TV acting career.
Sarrus and Filipelli were the only two remaining members. For Les Charlots, was the beginning of the end. In the following years, the three of them recorded a few more songs including "Pour pas qu'l'amour Capote", written for an AIDS awareness campaign but not enough material to produce a new album. They toured very sporadically in smaller venues with little or no success, playing their old hits. But without Rinaldi's immediately recognizable voice replaced by Bonnot'sthe group almost sounded like a cover band.
Rinaldi was also invited but he was filming his hit TV series and couldn't appear on the album. Inthe reformed trio Sarrus, Filipelli and Richard Bonnot appeared in the group's fifteenth and final film, the ill-fated and embarrassing Le Retour des Charlotsreluctantly directed by Sarrus himself because they couldn't find another director. Once again, the trio was joined by former member Luis Rego in a supporting part. It was their first film in eight years. Years later, Filipelli jokingly declared that "that last film with Richard Bonnot was a joke, it was nothing more than an opportunity for us to go on a paid vacation.
On the poster, Bonnot's face was intentionally blurred to create a confusion with the more popular Rinaldi who wasn't in the film. With almost no press and a limited release, Le Retour des Charlots was a critical and box office failure.
At that time, Sarrus and Rinaldi were not on speaking terms. Jean-Guy Fechner was asked to appear in the film but a scheduling conflict prevented the Can You Feel The Bass - Various - Mixing The House Vol 2. The film was sunk by Rinaldi's absence, lame gags and a mediocre script.
Now much too old to play young dreamers, burdened with the presence of Richard Bonnot Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur. couldn't act or sing to save his life, the group split shortly after that.
Having appeared in the least successful of all their films and barely remembered for his contributions on the last songs, Bonnot is not considered by fans of Les Charlots as a true member of the group. After the group officially split in but with almost no noticeable activities between andhe made a few appearances as a comedian on television but his career remains pretty obscure.
The five original members reunited on television in Michel Drucker's show, Vivement Dimanche in They spoke at length about their career.
It was the first time since Rego's departure inthat the five original members got together in the same room. On that tour and the album that followed, Rinaldi and Sarrus didn't play any instruments, they only sang. They released an album of covers from their hits from the '60s and '70s named Les Charlots At the time of his death, Rinaldi was working on "Un P'tit Air de Crooner", a solo album with covers of popular French songs.
The album was released posthumously on July 23, Rinaldi, one of France's most popular comedian and singer, died of a cancer of the lymph nodes Hodgkin's disease on March 2, He was I admired his great sense of humor and his ability to laugh about everything, all the time. As he was dying, he even made me Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur. about his illness.
I saw him on his hospital bed a few days before he died, and he just tried to make me laugh in spite of Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur. morphine kicking in. I'm going to miss him a lot. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Les Charlots. The New York Times. Categories : French comedians French Roule Roule - Les Charlots - Et Ta Soeur.
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