For the second opus of the adaptation of Le Petit Nicolas, Laurent Tirard came to set his cameras in Charente-Maritime. The Rancho nightclub in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer was privatized for four days to carry out a shooting two nights in a row in early September 2013.
While sunbathing on the beach, Nicolas’ parents are disturbed by Massimo Maccini (Luca Zingaretti). The mother then decides to intervene to ask for silence. To make amends, Massimo Maccini invites the two parents to a party they organize at the Mocambo club.
He will court Nicolas’ mother, asking her to become the main actress in his film. On his side, the father will be expelled from the club while trying to join his wife.
For the needs of the film, the Rancho nightclub was transformed into the Mocambo club. The teams rented the whole complex with its parking lot and restaurant, which they used for their meals.
80 extras are present during the two evenings of shooting, each paid 150€.
The Rancho is a nightclub having the particularity to be located in a central patio of hacienda type in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer.
Close to Royan, the nightclub Le Rancho in Saint-Palais-sur-Mer offers 3 clubs dedicated to current music, electro and the 80s. Organized around a hacienda, the club has 8 bars and a restaurant.
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Le Petit Nicolas - la bande dessinée originale (FR version)
Did you know that Petit Nicolas was born as a color comic strip? IMAV éditions publishes for the first time in a comic book the complete plates written by René Goscinny and drawn by Sempé. These plates appeared between 1955 and 1956 in a Belgian magazine, Le Moustique, to which Sempé and Goscinny collaborated. Then they left Le Moustique and, three years later, in 1959, they resumed Le Petit Nicolas, this time in the form of illustrated stories. The stories appeared in Sud-Ouest Dimanche, then were published in books and were a huge success. The unpublished drawings that are published today in this album contain all the ingredients that will make the success of Little Nicholas. They are presented in the form of one-page gags. In his scenarios, Goscinny has already set up the springs of the saga and portrays the main characters. Sempé already represents an immediately identifiable Nicolas. This comic strip already has the flavor of what will make the success of the character, humor and poetry. The publication of the album Le Petit Nicolas, la bande dessinée originale (The Little Nicholas, the original comic strip) completes this series imagined by René Goscinny and Jean-Jacques Sempé. This rediscovered treasure allows us to discover the genesis of one of the most famous works of children’s literature.
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