Our own-going love affair with the Riviera shows no sign of waning.
It was the picturesque setting for our SS14 campaign shoot and video, and we’re not the first to use its beautiful backdrop in a cinematic sense.
Here are our top six films filmed on the French Riviera during the Fifties and Sixties.
To Catch A Thief, 1955
Starring Grace Kelly and Cary Grant
Postcard pretty and shot on the beautiful Cote d’Azur, Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch A Thief is a romantic thriller starring two of Hollywood’s biggest names of the 1950s; Grace Kelly and Cary Grant. It was actually during the filming of what became Grace Kelly’s last Hitchcock film, that she was introduced to Prince Rainier of Monaco, whom she later married, becoming Princess Grace of Monaco.
And God Created Woman, 1956
Starring Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens and Jean-Louis Trintignant
Filmed in St Tropez and credited with putting the Riviera and Brigitte Bardot firmly on the map, And God Created Woman, pushed boundaries when it was released in American cinemas thanks to its sexually provocative content. Speaking of Juliette (Bardot’s character), Eric (one of her love interests) claims, ‘that girl was made to destroy men’, proving her sex kitten persona was in full throttle.
An Affair To Remember, 1957
Starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr
According to the American Film Institute, An Affair To Remember is one of the most romantic films of all time. Set aboard a transatlantic ocean liner travelling from Europe to New York, the love affair blossoms during a stop-off at Villefranche-sur-Mer. Despite the stunning views of this part of the Riviera, much of the rest of this film was actually filmed in a studio.
Bonjour Tristesse, 1958
Starring Jean Seberg, Deborah Kerr and David Niven
Perfectly capturing the jetset at play on the French Riviera, Bonjour Tristesse (which translates as Hello Sadness) shot its coastal scenes in sun-soaked vivid colour, while the latter half of the film (shot in Paris) takes place in black and white, aptly reflecting its mood. The film received a luke warm reception at the time of its release, but since then, the film has been cited as producing crop-haired gamine, Jean Seberg’s performance of a lifetime.
Paris When It Sizzles, 1964
Starring Audrey Hepburn and William Holden
Despite its title, Paris When It Sizzles, parts of this film were actually filmed in Antibes at the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc, and its opening scenes include a stunning panoramic helicopter shot of the Cannes coast. Miss Hepburn’s personal and on-set wardrobe was provided by Givenchy (as it had been since Sabrina), but a perfume exclusive for her use was also credited in this film - something of a first.
La Piscine, 1969
Starring Alain Delon and Romy Schneider
Simply translating as The Swimming Pool, La Piscine is set in summertime on the Cote d’Azur, in a beautiful villa beside a stunning pool. A sexy story of jealousy, Alain Delon plays a starring role alongside Romy Schneider and also a young Jane Birkin. Images of this handsome French actor have proved great inspiration for our SS14 collection, and he certainly nailed the art of poolside sartorial cool in this role.
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