Death of Romain Bouteille, co-founder of Café de la Gare with Coluche, Dewaere and Miou-Miou

Death of Romain Bouteille, co-founder of Café de la Gare with Coluche, Dewaere and Miou-Miou

Corentin Palanchini

Corentin Palanchini

Head of Infotainment section

Passionate about Hollywood cinema from the 10s to the 70s, he follows with interest the current evolution of the 7th Art industry, and watches everything that passes in front of him: French comedy, thriller of the 90s, Palme d’Or forgotten or films of the moment. And with the time he has left, series.

The playwright and actor Romain Bouteille has died at the age of 84. He co-founded the café-theater of the “Café de la Gare” with Coluche, Patrick Dewaere, Miou-Miou, Henri Guybet and Sotha.

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In 1969, Romain Bouteille founded the Café de la Gare with what he defines as “anarchists after May 68” that are Coluche, Miou-Miou, Patrick Dewaere, Sotha, Henri Guybet and a few others. The idea is that there is no conductor and that the spectator turns a wheel to find out the price he will pay for the performance.

Two years pass, but dissensions between the rest of the team and Coluche appear. The latter is authoritarian and seeks to lead the troop, which Bouteille and the others will not tolerate. In 1971, the future comic left to create his own café, True Parisian chic.

With little money invested, the Café de la Gare is very quickly profitable and many “café-theaters” follow its example, which will later be part of. The Veuve-Pichard (Martin Lamotte) or The Splendid. The café-theater is also a springboard for young actors wishing to go to the cinema.

Romain Bouteille at the Café de la Gare in 1971

Bouteille continues the Café adventure and shows himself little in the cinema to stay in the theater, free. Asked about the 7th Art, he declared during a interview in 2007 : “I do not ask, and I am not offered”. During the 60s to 80s, however, we find it in the credits of more than 40 feature films, it is often true for “panouilles” or small roles.

He nevertheless turns for Louis Malle (Le Feu follet), Jacques Demy (Donkey skin), Jacques Doillon, Alain Resnais and Jean Rouch (L’An 01), Roman Polanski (The Renter) or Costa-Gavras (Special section) .

The playwright, author of more than thirty plays, left Le Café de la Gare in the course of the 90s and founded the theater years later. The Great Soloists.

Discover a rarity: a short film bringing together the troop of the Café de la Gare (without Coluche):

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