“We only saw ten seconds, while we watched the whole Gregory Peck movie”

He answers us before the pelota match that he should “judge” the same evening on the pond. The former mayor of Gotein-Libarrenx, Arnaud Lougarot, 85, remembers those three days in July 1963 when the village was turned upside down with the arrival of the Hollywood team. The picturesque village of Souletin has kept a great memory of it.

Do you remember photography?

Yes, it was in the year 63. The film was shot in Gotein at the beginning of July. Eight days earlier, I had visited on a Sunday, right after the meal, from the person in charge of the extras. She came to ask me if I could find her four priests for…

He answers us before the pelota match that he should “judge” the same evening on the pond. The former mayor of Gotein-Libarrenx, Arnaud Lougarot, 85, remembers those three days in July 1963 when the village was turned upside down with the arrival of the Hollywood team. The picturesque village of Souletin has kept a great memory of it.

Do you remember photography?

Yes, it was in the year 63. The film was shot in Gotein at the beginning of July. Eight days earlier, I had visited on a Sunday, right after the meal, from the person in charge of the extras. She came to ask me if I could find four priests for her to play pelota on the slope. I told him I watched many pelota matches with priests, but they were always priests against civilians. So I accepted the existence of two priests against two civilians and found myself an extra.

I was really a pelota player: so it wasn’t a role in the formation…

I think they sent me the person in charge of the extras because I was a former belota player. In 1963, when the movie was being shot, I had just finished my career with a folded knee. Otherwise, I would have played nine years at Greater Chistra. We filmed this scene on the plant. Two of the villagers were dressed as a priest. The bus has arrived. The film was carried by Gregory Peck, the film’s protagonist. You should see me in the movie for ten seconds…and again.

Ball game on the Libarrenx plant in the movie


Ball game on a Libarrenx in “Behold a Pale Horse”, released in 1964.

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Is this the only scene she appears in?

Yes, but I also found myself a replacement for Paolo Stupa, the Italian actor who was part of the movie. I had to do the trips the actor was taking when we were setting up the camera. At the time, it was a huge camera, and it took me I don’t know how long to get it to move. Which means I found myself very close to the scenes that were shot. Especially in the fake village bistro, a house with a nice balcony and overlooking the village of Gotein. They set up cafe-style tables and I watched a scene between Gregory Peck and Paulo Stupa while they were filming. It lasted so long because the scene had been disturbed by the owner’s chicken. They had to cut up and start over, and they took the chicken away, with a few corn kernels.

Gregory Peck got back on the bus to take in Gotein-Libarrenx, in 1963.


Gregory Peck got back on the bus to take in Gotein-Libarrenx, in 1963.

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Have you spoken to Gregory Peck?

Gregory Peck, no, but I’ve talked a lot with Paulo Stupa. They set up the trailer with the chef and everything under the school playground. I’ve eaten with the actors and talked to him a lot; He also speaks French very well. I have pictures of me next to Gregory Peck and the others eating, but I haven’t had a chance to talk to him. I would have had trouble besides not speaking English; I don’t know what I could tell him.

Was it still available?

I can not say. We cannot say whether it is or not. He was shooting his scene and was on his way to rest.

Gregory Peck on the balcony of Gotein-Libarrenx's fake bistro.


Gregory Peck on the balcony of Gotein-Libarrenx’s fake bistro.

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In front of the Calvary Bell Tower, left to right: Italian actor Paolo Stupa (


In front of the Calvary Bell Tower, left to right: Italian actor Paolo Stupa (“Pedro” in the film), director Fred Zinman and director of photography, Jan Badal.

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This must have turned the entire village upside down?

Yes, especially since three out of four Belota players were from the village, and the other from Mullion. There should be about forty more pieces of the village that day. A lot of people came from outside, curious. They came to see the huge equipment brought by the film crew. They even brought a fire truck so it rains! What’s also funny is that we had empty seats because the actors weren’t there. There was an armchair named after Anthony Quinn and French actor Raymond Pellegrin. But they did not come to Gotein.

Was there a French actress in this movie?

Elizabeth Wiener was very young and played the maid. It was considered a bit like the last wheel of the chariot. She had a boyfriend who was there who just kept on moving. I saw a scene where everyone screamed. Let’s just say he wasn’t a star. She continued her singing career shortly thereafter.

Did you go to the set in Bo?

not at all. And it turned out that on the third day of filming in Gotein, my wife gave birth. I couldn’t attend the last shots. Three days of filming for a few minutes in the movie…

And about the October 1964 premiere at the L’Aragon Cinema?

no more. The person who was in contact at that time was the priest. Father Salberry, now deceased. It was he who suggested filming the scenes in the priest in the city adjacent to the nucleus. Today, these are apartments rented by the municipality.

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Report of the grand premiere of “Et Vint le jour de la vengeance” (“Behold a pale Horse”) at La République des Pyrénées on October 20, 1964.

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How did you feel when the movie came out? A hint of pride?

Yes and no. It was very strange to attend the filming of the movie. Then, given the ten-second turn we had, there was nothing to be proud of. More than sharing, watching this shoot was interesting.

Was it a publicity stunt for the city?

Yes finally, we only had a small business at the time. Two old ladies ran the café near the square. They were terrified of the movement around the movie, with theater workers and everything. Everyone came to order coffee but said they couldn’t. For the municipality’s sole trade, it wasn’t very pleasant. Because of these gorgeous ladies who were a little scared.

Gregory Peck while shooting a movie


Gregory Peck during the filming of “Ha Pale Horse” in Gotein-Libarrenx in 1963.

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Is the memory of this movie preserved in Gotein-Libarrenx?

Well, we have a cultural association in the village that organizes the Zero Festival and its head is Michele Ichikobar, who is a musician. And one day, as part of the festival, we had a session at the Maule-Baitha cinema in Mauléon, where we showed the film. After the show, I was able to recount memories of filming.

Do you often talk about this movie again?

Yes, I wrote a short article not long ago at Le Miroir de la Soule, in which I said I photographed with Gregory Peck. I quickly determined that I only watched ten seconds, while we saw them throughout the movie!

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