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Calanque de la Treille

Movie Pierrot le fou Jean-Luc Godard (1965)
Pierrot le fou has not only marked entire generations of moviegoers but also, and forever, the sumptuous landscape of the Calanque de la Treille on the island of Porquerolles.
Calanque de la Treille Porquerolles
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“What can I do? I don’t know what to do!”

Marianne Renoir (Anna Karina)

Summer 1965. Jean-Luc Godard’s crew moved to the island of Porquerolles off the coast of Hyères to shoot desert island scenes for Pierrot le fou. Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, on the run through France, isolate themselves on this paradise island but sometimes boring. This is the subject of Anna Karina’s now cult line, “What can I do? I don’t know what to do!

A line that the actress has totally improvised on the set. One day, during a break, she starts throwing pebbles into the water, like a child, and Jean-Luc Godard watches her, fascinated. A scene that he finds a way to include in his film. As for the famous striped dress, the filmmaker did not call on his renowned costume designer, Gitt Magrini, but simply went to the Prisunic and took three identical ones. A chance because during a scene in the water, the dress began to shrink while drying, becoming a tank top. A detail that Anna Karina remembered in 2018.

The calanque de La Treille marked forever

As soon as it was released, Pierrot le fou became a success. Adulated at the Venice Film Festival in 1965, nominated for a BAFTA Award in 1967, the film became the precursor of the road movie genre and even became, according to specialists, Jean-Luc Godard’s masterpiece. Such a resounding success was caused, in addition to the talent of the various participants, by the locations where this iconic film was shot.

The island of Porquerolles, and mainly the Calanque de la Treille, has been able to benefit from this very special aura that surrounds mythical places. Even today, the island, which has become one of the protagonists of the film, is riding the wave of this fame. So much so that 55 years after its release, Pierrot le fou was screened in July 2020 for the Porquerolles film festival. Not bad for a film that does not date from “Hyères”.

44

The shooting of Pierrot le fou lasted only 44 days.

Scène à la calanque de la Treille dans Pierrot le fou
Scène à la calanque de la Treille dans Pierrot le fou – Crédit photo :
Scène à la calanque de la Treille dans Pierrot le fou
Scène à la calanque de la Treille dans Pierrot le fou – Crédit photo : SNC, Rome Paris Films et Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica
Scène à la calanque de la Treille dans Pierrot le fou
Scène à la calanque de la Treille dans Pierrot le fou – Crédit photo : SNC, Rome Paris Films et Dino De Laurentiis Cinematografica

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By Damien Duarte

Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Passionné par la culture pop depuis son enfance, ses références vont de Donald Duck à Batman en passant par Marty McFly. Fantripper dans l'âme, voyager sur les traces de Ghostbusters, James Bond ou des héros de romans comme Cotton Malone fait partie d'un séjour idéal et réussi !

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