In early 1957, the journalist/novelist Michel Cournot spent the entire shoot of Henri-Georges Clouzot's film Les Espions
on the set. From that experience, he was able to bring forth Le premier spectateur; histoire vraie.
This work could be called a "nonfiction novel" (to borrow a term which Truman Capoté used to describe his masterpiece of the genre In Cold Blood
). The following scene where Clouzot prepares to rehearse two of his actors - Gérard Séty and Curt Jurgens - is translated from that book. (page 20, my translation)"Today, we are going to rehearse in the Italian-style""The Italian-style?" Séty said."Yes, sitting in easy chairs. Only the text. . .""The Italians are incapable of rehearsing in the Italian-style," said Jurgens, "they are too restless! Only the English can rehearse in the Italian-style."
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