Fort Saganne (movie)

Fort Saganne is a French film by Alain Corneau released in 1984 based on the novel Fort Saganne of Gardel dating from 1980 .


Shortly before the First World War , an officer of peasant origin effectively fought the rebellious tribes of the Sahara . In spite of his qualities of courage and self-denial, he is considered a parvenu by the “good society” who despises and rejects him. He is sent to Paris to support the requests for reinforcements, but the European conflict will change everything.

Technical sheet

  • Director: Alain Corneau
  • Scenario: Alain Corneau , Henri de Turenne and Louis Gardel based on his novel
  • Director of Photography: Bruno Nuytten
  • Sets: Veniero Colasanti
  • Costumes: Veniero Colasanti, Rosine Delamare , Corinne Jorry
  • Poster: Philippe Lemoine
  • Assistant directors: Alain Centonze, Olivier Horlait
  • Production managers: Georges Casati, Bernard Lorain
  • Realtors: Alain Artur , Bruno François-Boucher , Patrick Meunier
  • Production: Samuel Bronston , Albina du Boisrouvray
  • Release date : 
  • Music: Philippe Sarde , performed by the London Symphony Orchestra , under the direction of Carlo Savina ; soundtrack of the film on disc Milan REF: LC 8126 A Lux 238
  • Duration: 180 minutes


  • Gérard Depardieu : Charles Saganne
  • Philippe Noiret : Dubreuilh
  • Catherine Deneuve : Louise
  • Sophie Marceau : Madeleine
  • Michel Duchaussoy : Baculard
  • Jean-Laurent Cochet : Bertozza
  • Robin Renucci : Hazan
  • Jean-Louis Richard : Flammarin
  • Roger Dumas : Vulpi
  • Hippolyte Girardot : Courette
  • Sophie Grimaldi : Madeleine’s mother
  • Florent Pagny : Lucien Saganne
  • Said Amadis : Amajar
  • Salah Teskouk : Embarek

Around the film

It was, at the time, the most expensive film of French cinema. A real fort was built on the Chinguetti trail for filming purposes.


  • 1985 : Caesar of the cinema
    • Caesar nomination for best actor for Gérard Depardieu
    • Cesar nomination for the best photography for Bruno Nuytten
    • Caesar nomination for the best costumes for Rosine Delamare and Corinne Jorry
    • Caesar nomination for best sound for Pierre Gamet , Jean-Paul Loublier and Claude Villand

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