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14/01/2021

The Gendarmerie and Cinema Museum features rooms dedicated to movies and iconic actresses, Brigitte Bardot and Romy Schneider. An interesting tribute to the successful love story between Saint-Tropez and the cinema that had been ongoing since the 1930’s with more than 10 films shot there. Among them, “La Servante” directed by Jean Choux.

10 movies filmed in Saint-Tropez

The cinema heritage preserves the memory of a multigenerational society that has never been able to forget the young careless years.

The 1950’s are synonymous with Saint-Germain des Prés, Françoise Sagan, Juliette Gréco, Boris Vian, Chazot and others. On Pampelonne bay, Geneviève de Colmont’s family cabin also served food for strollers on the beach. In May 1955, it hosted special guests, Roger Vadim’s film crew shooting a movie. 

 

And God...

The plot of the “And God created woman” film is very simple : a young orphan drives men crazy in Saint-Tropez. Most of the scenes were shot in La Ponche district. In France, the critics did not like the movie because it went against the codes of the right-thinking society. As a sex symbol, Brigitte Bardot contributed to the women’s emancipation and the French existentialist New Wave. 

 

Bonjour tristesse

In 1958, “Bonjour Tristesse”, shot in Monte Carlo, Le Lavandou, Cannes and Saint-Tropez, was directed and produced by Otto Preminger from a screenplay based on the novel of the same title by Françoise Sagan. The film stars David Niven, Deborah Kerr, Jean Seberg, Mylène Demongeot, and features Juliette Gréco.

 

Saint-Tropez Blues

The 1960’s are dedicated to the “Gendarme de Saint-Tropez” TV series, but not only. In 1961, “Saint-Tropez Blues” was directed by Marcel Moussy with cast including Marie Laforêt, Jacques Higelin and Stéphane Audran.

 

The Swimming Pool

In 1969, “The Swimming Pool”, directed by Jacques Deray starring Romy Schneider, Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet and Jane Birkin, was drama of sexual jealousy and possessiveness that had been awarded at the Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival.

 

In a Wild Moment

In 1977, “In a Wild Moment” was directed by Claude Berri with cast including Jean-Pierre Marielle, Victor Lanoux and Agnès Soral.

 

The Year of the Jellyfish

In 1984, “The Year of the Jellyfish” was directed by Chrisopher Frank with Valérie Kaprisky and Bernard Giraudeau. Caroline Cellier was awarded a César for best supporting actress while Valérie Kaprisky reached the nirvana of male imagination by offering Bernard Giraudeau a striptease that has now become cult.

 

Le Viager

In 1971, “Le Viager” a comedy film directed by Pierre Tchernia was adapted from a script by René Goscinny (comics editor and writer, who is best known internationally for “Astérix”). It starred Michel Serrault, Michel Galabru, Claude Brasseur, Jean Carmet and Rosy Varte. The shooting took place in the Canoubiers bay.

 

Innocents with Dirty Hands

In 1974, “Innocents with Dirty Hands” was written and directed by Claude Chabrol with Romy Schneider and Rod Steiger. The plot is a classic : A woman, with the complicity of her lover, prepares her husband’s anticipated death.

 

Les Biches

In 1968, “Les Biches” was directed by Claude Chabrol starring Stéphane Audran, Jean-Louis Trintignant, and Jacqueline Sassard. It depicts a tortured lesbian relationship between the Audran and Sassard characters. Audran won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 18th Berlin International Film Festival.

 

Les Randonneurs à Saint-Tropez

In 2008, “Les Randonneurs à Saint-Tropez” was directed by Philippe Harel with cast including Benoît Poelvoorde, Karin Viard, Vincent Elbaz and Géraldine Pailhas. It deals with a comedy about fun, truth, betrayal and happiness and about trekkers meeting again ten years later, in Saint-Tropez. 

Le Gendarme à Saint-Tropez

Imagined by Richard Balducci after an insane meeting with a fairly good-natured gendarme stationed in Saint-Tropez, the film tells the adventures of Ludovic Cruchot, a very zealous gendarme, transferred to the seaside city of Saint-Tropez, on the French Riviera, with the rank of head marshal. He discovers a brigade where it is good to live and takes part in recurring nudist hunts and in the many relaxation activities of his brigade, led by Warrant Officer Gerber, somewhat overwhelmed.

Ludovic Cruchot is played by Louis de Funès, around whom the whole film was built. Warrant Officer Gerber is played by Michel Galabru and the other gendarmes by Jean Lefebvre, Christian Marin and the duo Grosso and Modo. Nicole, Cruchot's daughter, is played by Geneviève Grad. Conceived as an “unpretentious little comedy”, with a low budget, the film was shot from June to July 1964, outdoors at Belvédère and Saint Tropez as well as at the Victorine studios (Nice).

The soundtrack is composed by Raymond Lefebvre and includes the song Douliou-douliou Saint Tropez, which will be a great success.

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