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Mériel, the village in which this giant of French cinema grew up has created a museum that traces his career and contains many personal memories.

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Musée Jean Gabin - Mériel

Musée Jean Gabin

Mériel, the village in which this giant of French cinema grew up has created a museum that traces his career and contains many personal memories.


A major figure of French cinema, Jean Gabin has influenced a whole generation and continues to do so through classics such as Touchez pas au grisbi, Le Clan des Siciliens and La Bête humaine. Before becoming famous, Jean-Alexis Moncorgé spent his youth in Mériel, a small village a few kilometres from Auvers-sur-Oise, where the museum dedicated to the actor has just celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Located above the library on the village square in which there is a bust of the actor, the Musée Jean Gabin was opened following the publication in 1987 of the book by André Brunelin, secretary and close friend of the star. It reveals the life of the actor, from his childhood in Mériel, his debut in the music hall to his second career after the war. Film posters, family photographs, personal objects: it is an opportunity to learn a little more about the man.

But the actor is not forgotten as the museum includes film costumes, magazines and awards. There is even his Légion d’honneur and one of the two Silver Bears he won at the Berlin film festival.


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