Five films on the Riviera

Our love affair with the Riviera shows no sign of waning. It is the picturesque setting for our SS18 campaign shoot, and we're not the first to use its beautiful backdrop in a cinematic sense. Here are our five favourite films set on the French Riviera during the Fifties and Sixties.  

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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.

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And God Created Woman, 1956

Starring Brigitte Bardot, Curd J├╝rgens 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.

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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.

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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.

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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. This handsome French actor certainly nailed the art of poolside sartorial cool in this role.