Have you heard of the game Exquisite Corpse? Well, it is a game created by the Surrealists the objective of which is to compose a complete
sentence or art object with a number of participants adding to the composition in turn. The game can also be based on drawings instead of words in which case you might
have "Exquisite Etchings".
It was a game of this ilk that the talented team of Claire Bretécher, Jean-Claude Fournier, André Franquin and Albert Uderzo (no less!)
were filmed playing one day in 1972 for a French TV programme aptly titled "Tac au Tac" (Tit for Tat). Albert Uderzo produced three illustrations of Obelix, to which
the other players added in turn as they sought to trap our favourite menhir delivery man, preventing Albert Uderzo from providing a suitable riposte on his return to the illustrations.
Uderzo had to find and draw a solution to each trap, on the spot!
And he did so brilliantly, saving his favourite menhir delivery man from all three traps with a single ingenious riposte by formulating an equation along with
a diet recommendation. Learn more at this address.
A big thank you to Jean-Yves Ferri who, when he is not working on the next Asterix album, reviews his classics online and had the great idea of informing us
of this historic programme. Happy viewing!