Airfield of Mende-Brenoux

Movie Don't Look Now: We're Being Shot At Gérard Oury (1966)
For more than 30 years, Don't Look Now: We're Being Shot At has remained the biggest hit at the French box office. The film was shot in Lozère, where carcasses of the film's cars are still to be found at the bottom of a ravine.

“- There are no propellers alas.

– That’s where the bone is.”

Augustin Bouvet (Bourvil)
and Stanislas Lefort (Louis de Funès)

The final scene of Don’t Look Now: We’re Being Shot At, during which the characters manage to escape from the German soldiers in gliders, is unforgettable. A sequence shot in Lozere, on the airfield of Mende. It is on this runway, at the edge of the cliff, that the Hotchkiss of the 1930s tows the machines in order to make them take off. The car ends up at the bottom of the ravine, in a tremendous explosion. A moment of filming that the places still tell today. Because if the road to the airfield has since been tarred, it is impossible not to recognize it. The most interesting part, however, is a few meters below, where the car was thrown. Because it is still possible to see the wreck of the vehicle, more than fifty years after the release of the film, at the foot of the Truc de Balduc, near the village of Chalhac. Of course, the ride is not easy but the game is worth it. And what a surprise to discover not one wreck but four! The other three were used during the shooting. For the purpose of the story, the production team also built a hangar. Several volunteers from the Aero Club were requisitioned to repair the gliders for free. The actors spent very little time on the scene. In 2016, in the columns of Midi Libre, Michel Souchon, a former extra, recalled: “Bourvil, I only saw him once, at the café!”.


The final scene required nearly five weeks of shooting, although it lasts only a little more than on the screen only a little more than six minutes.

Mende-Brenoux airfield scene in Don't Look Now: We're Being Shot At
Mende-Brenoux airfield scene in Don’t Look Now: We’re Being Shot At Credit: Les Films Corona
Mende-Brenoux airfield scene in Don't Look Now: We're Being Shot At
Mende-Brenoux airfield scene in Don’t Look Now: We’re Being Shot At Credit: Les Films Corona
Mende-Brenoux airfield scene in Don't Look Now: We're Being Shot At
Mende-Brenoux airfield scene in Don’t Look Now: We’re Being Shot At Credit: Les Films Corona

Brenoux Airport

Founded in 1946 by Charles Samson and several of his friends, the airfield of Mende-Brenoux is the only one in the whole Lozere department.

If it welcomes many aviators, the airfield has a particularly important role in the territory. In summer, it is the base for a civil security helicopter. The aircraft is always ready to take off to assist victims of accidents in the region. Located at an altitude of 1,017 meters, it has two runways regularly used by airplanes, microlights and gliders.

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