The child is precocious. Didn’t he learn to read at the age of 3? The aunt challenged her mother: “Chiche, let’s introduce Brigitte!” “When she finds herself in front of René Clément, who has already auditioned a thousand children, Brigitte doesn’t let herself be dismantled. She is only 5 years old but her confidence is incredible, no stage fright paralyzes her. The director, who was looking for an older girl, lets himself be enchanted by this Chti de Tourcoing, blonde and curly, mischievous and determined, who feels “big” because she has just had a brother. He hires her for the role of Paulette and Brigitte Fossey’s life changes.
With “Forbidden Games” everything will be allowed. At the beginning of the film, on the roads of the 1940 exodus, Paulette’s parents throw themselves on her to protect her from a bombing and die. Brigitte Fossey’s father and mother, Roger and Marcelle, wanted to embody these two roles themselves, to preserve them. Their daughter, so mature for her age, doesn’t really realize what’s going on, doesn’t measure the magnitude of the film. She plays pieces of history and has fun. Producer Robert Dorfmann makes him drawings of Charlot that amaze him. About her Meet the director’s friends, all so kind to her. Jacques Tati, among others, who visits the plateau of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. But the worst is yet to come.
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As another Brigitte becomes mythical, she obeys her parents, who want to protect her from this light that burns her wings
The film was released in theaters on May 9, 1952 and was enormously successful: almost five million spectators. “Forbidden Games” was shown at Cannes supported by a musical theme by Narciso Yepes, which became a cult: a triumph. He won the Golden Lion in Venice where Brigitte was present, then the Oscar for best foreign film in 1953. A month before the Hollywood ceremony, where he did not go, he met Queen Elizabeth II at the London French Film Gala. Little Brigitte has become a star. She receives hundreds of letters a day, covers Paris Match three times in six months. We call it the new Shirley Temple. But isn’t she also a child prodigy who is shown as a phenomenon through festivals? In 1954 she is still the protagonist of an Italian film, “A Mother’s Love”, before acting her in “The Joyful Road” under the direction of Gene Kelly. She then she stops everything.
While another Brigitte becomes legendary at 22 with “And God … created the woman”, the 12-year-old daughter obeys her parents, who decide to protect her once again from this light that burns her wings. Brigitte Fossey goes away for a few years, continues her studies in literature and philosophy. But her fate is not there. The cinema remembers this. “Le grand Meaulnes” in 1967 marked her return and the beginning of a superb career. Since then, she has appeared in more than 70 television films and films and has starred in around twenty plays. She has also recorded many children’s stories. In memory, perhaps, of this little angelic Paulette who upset her life and the whole world.
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