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While Paris and the iconic Eiffel Tower have set the scene
for many romantic movies, the rest of France has also been prominent in the
world of film. The French movie industry is growing in popularity, while the
country itself is used by film-makers from around the world and presented on a
world stage. Its influence has also been strong in Hollywood, acting as the
backdrop for many memorable movies. We look at four Hollywood movies filmed in
France (outside of Paris) and the striking locations they were filmed in.

Bonjour Tristesse (1954)

Directed by Otto Preminger, this film from the Golden Age of
Cinema stars Jean Seberg as a rich, spoilt teenager whose luxury lifestyle is
turned upside-down when her father (David Niven) introduces his new lover, a
strict and strait-laced Deborah Kerr, into the family household. The film
perfectly captures the glitz and glamour of the French Riviera, filmed in St
Tropez and throughout the Cote d’Azur, near many of our South of France villas.

To Catch a Thief (1955)

To Catch a Thief is a Hitchcock classic starring Cary Grant,
a retired cat burglar, who falls for Riviera socialite Frances, played by Grace
Kelly. The scenes throughout this film capture the socialite’s playground of
the French Riviera perfectly, taking in locations such as Cannes, Monaco,
Tourrettes-sur-Loup and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)

Though this film isn’t an Oscar-winning classic, it’s still
good fun to watch, and brings Alexandre Dumas’ tale to the big screen. The Man
in the Iron Mask sees France’s King Louis XIV (Leonardo diCaprio) keeping a man
locked up in the Bastille prison to safeguard his position on the throne. It’s
the aging Four Musketeers, Aramis (Jeremy Irons), Porthos (Gerard Depardieu),
Athos (John Malkovich) and D’Artagnan (Gabriel Byrne) who help to set this man
free and change the course of French history. Among the locations seen
throughout the film are Le Mans, Lyon and Morlaix in Brittany.

Chocolat (2000)

 Based on the novel by Joanne Harris, Chocolat tells the tale
of a small French countryside village, Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, and how it
changes dramatically when Vianne Roche (Juliette Binoche) sets up her
chocolate shop there. The film also features a love interest, played by Johnny
Depp, as well as a fantastic supporting cast including Dame Judi Dench and
Alfred Molina. While the lovingly crafted chocolate may be the star of the
show, the locations also make this film worth watching. Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in
Burgundy plays the part of the village itself, while other locations featured
in the film include Sarlat and Beynac-et-Cazenac in the Dordogne.


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