In March 1984, Gérard Lebovici was found in his car, executed by four shots to the neck. His murderer was never found. Twenty years later, this individual remains obscure. In spite of closed doors, Jean-Luc Douin wanted to understand this man who, even alive, was for most people a mystery, and whose brutal and unsolved death fuelled all sorts of rumours. Officially, Gérard Lebovici was the founder of Artmédia, the biggest artistic agency in France, which counted Jean-Paul Belmondo, Catherine Deneuve and François Truffaut among its clients. He is also the creator of the publishing house Champ Libre which published many revolutionary and situationist authors. But who was he really, this man fascinated by Jacques Mesrine and friend of Guy Debord? An individual with an exceptional destiny, endowed with occult powers and parallel lives? Or a man of the shadows whose secrets are revealed in this biography, the secrets of an incorruptible and insubordinate man bent on confounding appearances, orchestrating revolt and thwarting society’s traps?
Jean-Luc Douin is a journalist for Le Monde. He is also the author of books on the Nouvelle vague, Jean-Luc Godard, Bertrand Tavernier, censorship in movies and scandal-creating films.