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Mitterrand, un mensonge d'État
AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

William Karel

MONTAGE

Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Point du Jour, France 3, France 3

PARTICIPATION

CNC

ORGANISME(S) DÉTENTEUR(S) ou DÉPOSITAIRE(S)

Point du Jour International, La Maison du doc

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François Mitterrand a mis délibérément "l'art de mourir" au cœur de l’élaboration de son personnage public ; mise en ordre publique de sa vie privée et révélation de l’existence de Mazarine, réécriture de sa trajectoire historique à Vichy, cérémonies des adieux politiques, transmission de l’héritage au parti socialiste... Mais la construction cérémonielle voulue par l’ancien président est entravée par la publication du livre du Dr Gubler, qui fait l’effet d’une bombe.
Ce film tente d’éclairer ou de confirmer certains mécanismes fondamentaux de sa manière d’être et donc de son comportement politique.

Fascinated by the idea of dying, François Mitterrand stage-managed his own death down to the last detail, like a king would do. The "art of dying" became an essential part of his public persona, nothing was left to chance : he put his private life in order (revealing the existence of his illegitimate daughter), re-interpreted passages of his political career (Vichy), passed on the heritage of the Socialist Party and even chose the moment of his death by stopping medical treatment... Two days after his death on January 8th, 1996, French daily Le Monde disrupted the scenario by revealing a state secret : Mitterrand had cancer since his first term of office. Two weeks later, Dr Gubler’s book "The big Secret" had the effect of a bombshell – he explained how he came to falsify the president’s health bulletins for nearly 14 years.
After having sold 40,000 copies on the first day, the book is with drawn for reasons of violation of the medical secret. No book has suffered censorship of this in France since 1975 (the documentary contains extracts). Gubler and two of Mitterrand’s surgeons testify in a deeply observing film that is neither analysis of Mitterand's life no accusation or glorification of his political career.