On October 13, Ridley Scott’s The Last Duel was released, much of the filming of which took place in France, like other Hollywood productions before him. Zoom on 20 films which take place in our beautiful country.
It’s not just the French who shoot in France! Several foreign directors have indeed placed their cameras in a region of France for the needs of a feature film. Many American productions have been filmed here. The latest to date? Stillwater and The Last Duel, both worn by Matt Damon.
Directed by Ridley Scott, The Last Duel is notably set in the castles of Dordogne, as had already been the case with his very first feature film: Les Duellistes with Keith Carradine and Harvey Keitel. The circle is complete.
Ridley Scott’s Last Duel (2021)
New movie by Ridley scott, The Last Duel marks the return of the filmmaker to … Dordogne! This historical film carried by Matt damon and Adam Driver was, for the most part, filmed in this French department, notably at the castles of Beynac and Fénelon, at Sainte-Mondane and at the bastide of Monpazier. Photographs were also taken towards Narbonne, at the Abbey of Fontfroide and at the castle of Berzé in Saône-et-Loire. The director is decidedly very fond of France since, 40 years earlier, he had also set up his cameras in Dordogne for his film. The Duelists. And in 2006, it was in Provence, mainly in the Vaucluse, that he filmed A Great Year with Russell Crowe and Marion Cotillard.
Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen (2011)
New York filmmaker par excellence, Woody Allen filmed in several European cities in the 2000s and early 2010, including Paris. The French capital is, as its title suggests, at the heart of the film Midnight in Paris, led by Owen Wilson.
Marie-Antoinette by Sofia Coppola (2006)
For her biopic on Marie-Antoinette, played by Kirsten Dunst, Sofia Coppola has obviously installed her cameras in Versailles. However, she had to obtain special permission from the French government to have the right to shoot there, mainly at night so as not to disrupt visits. The director was even able to film a scene in the Hall of Mirrors, which was closed for renovation at the time. Other châteaux in the region have welcomed the team, such as those of Vaux-le-Vicomte or Dampierre.
Tom McCarthy’s Stillwater (2021)
Just before The Last Duel, Matt damon had shot another film in France: Stillwater by Tom McCarthy. It is in Marseille that most of the plot of this thriller takes place and emblematic places of the Marseille city obviously appear on the screen, such as the Vélodrome stadium or the Baumettes prison.
The Longest Day by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald and Darryl F. Zanuck (1962)
Film which traces the Allied landings in Normandy, The Longest Day was indeed shot in France in certain places which were really the theater of operations at the time (such as the Pegasus Bridge, Sainte-Mère-Église or la Pointe du Hoc) but not only. It is for example on a beach in Corsica that the landing sequence at Omaha Beach was filmed. Other shots took place on the Ile de Ré and in Caen while interior scenes were shot in the studio in Boulogne-Billancourt.
Lasse Hallström’s Chocolate (2001)
The exteriors of the film Le Chocolat, directed by Lasse Hallström and worn by Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, were mostly shot in Burgundy, especially in the village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain. Since then, there has been signage so that tourists can find the store at the heart of the feature film! Scenes were also boxed in Beynac-et-Cazenac in the Dordogne.
Bastille Day by James Watkins (2016)
Bastille Day, which is named so since it begins on the eve of July 14, takes place in France and was really shot on location, mainly in Paris (especially in the 10th and 16th arrondissements) and Romainville. Directed by James Watkins, the film is helmed by Idris Elba, Richard Madden and Charlotte Le Bon.
The Man in the Iron Mask by Randall Wallace (1998)
If the shots of The Man in the Iron Mask by Randall Wallace did take place in France, they did not take place at the Palace of Versailles. These are the castles of Vaux-le-Vicomte and Fontainebleau in Seine-et-Marne, as well as the castle of Pierrefonds in the Oise, which served as backdrops for …