L’Ours (1988)

France,
94m
35mm film, 70mm film, Panavision (anamorphic), Eastmancolor, 2.35:1
Dolby SR (on 35mm film prints), 70mm 6-Track (on 70mm prints), French

A French fantasy film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud.

Plot Summary

An orphaned bear cub is adopted by an adult male bear who teaches him to avoid hunters.

Credits

Crew
Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Price/Renn Productions
Producer: Claude Berri
Associate Producer: Pierre Grunstein
Production Managers: Leonhard Gmür, Kurt von Vietinghoff
Script: Gérard Brach
Novel: The Grizzly King by James Oliver Curwood
Assistant Director: Florian Nilson
Director of Photography: Philippe Rousselot
2nd Unit Director of Photography: Arnaud Duboisberanger
1st Assistant Camera: Jérôme Peyrebrune
Assistant Camera: Luigi Bernardini
Additional 2nd Assistant Camera: Dominique Delguste
Editor: Noëlle Boisson
Colour Timer: Yvan Lucas
Music: Philippe Sarde
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Carlo Savina
Orchestrators: Alexander Courage, Billy Byers
Synclavier Operator/Keyboards/Programming: Jonathan Sorrell
Music Mixer: William Flageollet
Music Consultant: Eric Lipmann
Additional Music: Eric Mauer, Laurent Quaglio
Sound Designer: Laurent Quaglio
Sound: Fabienne Alvarez-Giro
Sound Mixer: François Musy
Sound Re-Recording Mixers: Bernard Leroux, Claude Villand
Sound Editors: Eric Mauer, Roberto Garzelli
Recording Studio: CTS Studios
Costume Designers: Françoise Disle, Corinne Jorry
Animatronics: The Henson Company
Animatronics Technician: Joachim Grüninger
Floor Supervisor: Uli Nefzer
Dream Sequence Animation: Jan Svankmajer
Production Designer: Toni Lüdi
Art Directors: George Dietz, Antony Greengrow, Heidi Lüdi, Hans Jürgen Schmelzle
Set Decorator: Bernhard Henrich
Swing Gang: Michael Fechner
Production Consultant: Monty Diamond
Animal Trainer: Steve Martin
Bear Trainers: Clint Youngreen, Doug Seus, Lynne Seus
Movement: Roman Stefanski

Cast
Bart the bear (the Kodiak bear)
Youk the bear (the bear cub)
Tchéky Karyo (Tom)
Jack Wallace (Bill)
André Lacombe (le chasseur aux chiens)

Alternative Titles

Der Bär – West German title
The Bear – US title
Bj̦rnen РSwedish title
Karhu – Finnish title
L'orso – Italian title
El oso – Argentinean/Spanish title
O Urso – Brazilian title
Ursul – Romanian title

References

Periodicals

  • Première October 1988 p.12 – review (by Michèle Halberstadt)
  • Studio October 1988 p.13 – review (by Marc Esposito)