In honor of Paul Vecchiali's 90th birthday, Bingham Bryant and I thought to translate a short article on the making of C'est la vie, penned by fellow Diagonale co-conspirator Jean-Claude Biette! The piece was published several months prior to the film's release in Cahiers du cinéma nº 315 , September 1980.
A Feature in Four Days: C’est la vie
by Jean-Claude Biette
On June 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, Vecchiali directed a feature film – 90 minutes of Scope color, complete with music, songs and dance numbers – entitled C’est la vie. A performance accomplished at the antipodes of Apocalypse Now, this film nonetheless combines all its difficulties, and Time – the passing minutes, the gathering rainclouds – is its…