Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9782915255010
Collection: Hors Collection
13.5 x 21.5 cm
Weight: 397 gr
Pages: 288
First publication: 28/10/2004
Last printing: 10/2004
CLIL: 3640
BISAC: TRV003010

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Ma Croisière Jaune

suivi de Mes jeunes années dans l’Empire ottoman

Preface : Pierre-Jean Rémy, Pierre Villard

William Robert Sivel, 1908 - 1982, a sound engineer before the career even existed under that name, was the youngest of the expedition. His trip journal, revised during the last years of his life, opens a window into the daily life of the team and the often dangerous adventures they encountered over the course of the trip. Sketches by Alexandre Iacovleff and photographs illustrate this lively account. Prefaces by Pierre-Jean Rémy, from L'Académie Française, and Pierre Villard.

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William-Robert Sivel

William-Robert Sivel, after graduating in electricity, was hired being audacious as a sound engineer for the Mission Citroën Centre-Asie, nicknamed "La Croisière jaune" which took place from April 4, 1931 to February 12, 1932. He was the youngest of the expedition and his memoirs of this great adventure were published by L'Asiathèque under the title Ma Croisière Jaune. It was on his return that he started in the cinema. In his 50-year career, he has provided sound direction for more than 100 films, from René Clair and Jacques Tourneur to Bertrand Blier and Jean-Luc Godard, including Henri-Georges Clouzot, Claude Autant-Lara, Luis Buñuel, Peter Brook. He was twice awarded the César for best sound, in 1979 for "L’État sauvage" and in 1983 for "La Passante du Sans-Souci".

Pierre-Jean Rémy

Jean-Pierre Angremy is a French diplomat, administrator and writer, member of Académie française, born March 21, 1937 and died April 27, 2010, known mainly in literature under the pen name of Pierre-Jean Rémy.

Pierre Villard

Pierre Villard, author of the preface of Ma Croisière Jaune, is the nephew of William Sivel. Professor emeritus of ancient history at the University of Clermont-Auvergne.


Préface de Pierre-Jean Rémy, de l'Académie française (401 / 5 000 Résultats de traduction Preface by Pierre-Jean Rémy, of the French Academy)

Préface de Pierre Villard (Preface by Pierre Villard)

Avant-propos (Foreword)

L'approche (de Beyrouth à Srinagar) (Approach (Beirut to Srinagar))

Les Pamirs (de Srinagar à Aksou) (The Pamirs (from Srinagar to Aksu))

Itinéraire de l'expédition (Expedition route)

La marche vers Pékin (The march to Beijing)

La fin d'un beau rêve (The end of a beautiful dream)

"Mes jeunes années dans l'Empire ottoman" ("My Early Years in the Ottoman Empire")

Filmographie de William Robert Sivel (Filmography of William Robert Sivel)

Photographies (cahier de 24 pages inséré entre les pages 144 et 145 de l'ouvrage) (Photographs (24-page notebook inserted between pages 144 and 145 of the book))