Still from Les Amitiés Particulières (or This Special Friendship), a brave French film from 1964. I recently learned that Moto Hagio, who wrote The Heart of Thomas (which I’m currently reading and loving) based the manga on that film.
Part of the, uhm, allure, I guess, about the film is that the author Roger Peyrefitte was involved in the following:
On the set of the film, Peyrefitte met the 12-year-old aristocrat Alain-Philippe Malagnac d’Argens de Villèle
who had been cast as a choir boy and was a big fan of the book. Not only did Peyrefitte sign Alain-Philippe’s copy of the book but the two also fell in love, pursuing a stormy relationship that Peyrefitte chronicled in some of his later novels such as Notre Amour (1967) and L’Enfant de cœur (1978).
He was 57 at the time. To make matters even stranger he would later adopt Alain-Philippe.
Alain-Philippe Malagnac was later married to the French entertainer Amanda Lear and died in a house fire in 2000 at the age of forty-nine, shortly after Peyrefitte’s death. It is unknown whether this was a suicide, even though Peyrefitte in his novels describes a “suicide pact” between the two, i.e. their intention to commit suicide if the other one dies.
Equally sad and beautiful, if true, in a meta kind of way.