Bistrot La Renaissance

Movie Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino (2009)
In Inglourious Basterds, Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) meets German war hero Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brülh) in the Bistro La Renaissance.
Bistrot La Renaissance Paris
Bistrot La Renaissance Paris. Photo credit: Fantrippers

– Yes… Look, you seem a pleasant enough fellow.

– Merci.

– You’re welcome. Regardless, I want you to stop pestering me.

– I apologize mademoiselle. I wasn’t trying to be a pest. I was simply trying to be friendly.

– I don’t wish to be your friend.

– Why not?

– Don’t act like a infant. You know why.

– I’m more then just a uniform.

– Not to me. If you are so desperate for a French girlfriend, I suggest you try Vichy?

Shosanna Dreyfus (Mélanie Laurent) and Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brülh)

It is here that Shosanna (Mélanie Laurent) meets German war hero Fredrick Zoller (Daniel Brülh). This sniper took part in the campaigns in Italy and his exploits were used by the Nazi propaganda in the film Nation’s Pride.

Fredrick tries in vain to get closer to Shosanna but the latter declines firmly.

It was only after seeing the Bistrot de la Renaissance in Claude Chabrol’s film, The Blood of Others that Quentin Tarantino decided to shoot this scene there. The premises have also served as a set for feature films Les Ripoux by Claude Zidi, Fanfan by Alexandre Jardin or Animal with Jean-Paul Belmondo.

Championnet Street was also in turmoil during the days of filming, from February 18 to 20, 2008. It was notably covered with gravel, the bakery was transformed into a four-season merchant, the current road signs were masked and the bars requisitioned for the technical teams. Period cars, old bicycles, large wooden panels with old posters and a Morris column also made up the decorations. Nazi soldiers and extras then completed the sequences.


This is the number of days it took Quentin Tarantino to reduce the length of his film in public version (from 3h10 to 2h33).

To prepare for her role, Mélanie Laurent worked as a projectionist for a few weeks at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles. She mainly showed cartoons and trailers before the films.

112 Rue Championnet

The Bistrot La Renaissance is located at number 112 rue Championnet in the 18th arrondissement of Paris, a charming establishment with a retro decor.

Opened in 1904, the establishment at the corner of Championnet and du Poteau streets has retained its retro décor, including its Lemière lamp with beveled mirrors, red backroom benches and white marble bar.

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