A fox that wants to be tamed, a whimsical flower, a little prince to hair like wheat and a sheep in a box. The most vivid memories of all those who read the Little Prince often stop there.
But everybody knows. Everyone has in mind the watercolors of Saint-Exupéry, representing the little boy in his long coat with a red lining. This is French literature’s best-selling book in the world. And the famous “draw me a sheep” is available in 270 languages. While an animated version, inspired by the work of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry out in theaters this Wednesday, plunge back into the disenchanted world of the little prince
& gt. The story in 140 characters (or almost)
“This is a tremendous allegory about our childhood and the desire that it will not disappear” . André Dussollier lends his voice to the aviator in the animated film, summed up in these words, the history of this aviator, crashed in the desert, “to one thousand miles from any inhabited earth.”
The aviator meets a little man, who asks him to draw him a sheep, then tells him his story. The tiny planet, where it comes from, asteroid B612, occupied by baobab trees to pluck, volcanoes to sweep and tidy flower to keep under wraps. But its exploration of other planets, his encounters with a king, a lamplighter, a businessman busy counting the stars he has, a drinker who drinks to forget that he is ashamed of drinking …
The Little Prince is a philosophical tale double reading about love, friendship, the emptiness of the adult world and their occupations.
& gt; Four figures say it all
185 000 000 copies were sold in 1300 editions . Certainly less than Harry Potter sold, sold 450 million copies (but can we compare volumes 93 pages and 8?).
270 languages and dialects (including Breton, Tagalog or taragonais), The Little Prince is the most translated book after the Bible.
50 francs . The little prince appeared on the ticket 50 francs in 1992. It also saw the face of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, his plane. And the boa of his book, which digests an elephant.
& gt; The impossible adaptation
Ballets, musicals, plays, animated series, there has certainly been some versions of the story imagined and designed by Saint-Exupery. Not to mention the many audio books. That of Gérard Philippe, first in 1954, followed by many others, read by Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mouloudji, Pierre Arditi and Bernard Giraudeau. Richard Gere has delivered a version in English.
But few directors and directors dared to rub the Little Prince . Orson Welles was the first to have acquired the rights, since 1943. He wanted to make a film interspersed with animated scenes, and work with Walt Disney. Clash of egos, refusal to Disney, the project never emerged.
There will be other film versions, such as the director of Singing in the Rain , Stanley Donen, 1974
& gt. The five sentences
– “Please, draw me a sheep.”
– “Right to self can not go far.”
– “One sees clearly only with the heart is essential is invisible to the eye..”
– “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”
– “If you tame me, then we shall need each other You will be unique in the world for me, I shall be unique in the world for you “
& gt.. Saint-Exupéry and the Little Prince
Written after Terre des hommes and War Pilot , The Little Prince is the latest book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Apparently in 1943, while the writer is in New York, published by an American publisher in French and English. The little prince will be published in France in 1946 by Gallimard, two years after the disappearance of Saint-Exupéry. The pilot crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in 1944, flying his P-38 Lightning, probably shot by a Luftwaffe pilot.
There are many Saint-Exupery The Little Prince , in which you can even see a “discreet autobiography” and writes Michel Quesnel in the preface of the Pleiades. As narrator, writer-pilot crashed in the Libyan desert in 1935. And he tried to tame a fennec in the Mauritanian desert, as he tells Terre des hommes .