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Carnot Statue

Movie Blanche and Marie (1984)
Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire) passes several times through the esplanade where the Carnot statue is located. This is where she goes to the theater to meet a resistance fighter named Antoine (Philippe Minyana). However, Angoulême is never mentioned. And for good reason... The action of Blanche et Marie is supposed to take place in the north of France.
Carnot Monument
Carnot monument by JLPC. Wikimedia.

“They arrested Merlot!”

Victor (Gérard Klein)

Even if the script co-written by Jacques Renard and Sophie Goupil takes place in the north of France, the shooting did take place in the department of Charente, and in particular in the city center of Angoulême. The esplanade where the Carnot statue stands appears several times on the screen and remains very recognizable.

If the panels and some details were subject to various adjustments to properly disguise Angoulême, it shines on the screen. Almost unchanged since the filming in 1984, the esplanade of the Carnot statue is also the scene of a chase between Marie (Sandrine Bonnaire) and the German soldiers, shortly before the liberation by the British and American troops.

It is in a concern of saving money that the director Jacques Renard chose to shoot in Angoulême and its surroundings. The architecture of the city allowed him to create a very credible illusion, even if the inhabitants of the city did not fail to recognize several places.

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Blanche et Marie marks Sandrine Bonnaire’s sixth collaboration in a feature film, after debuting as an extra in La Boum, by Claude Pinoteau.

Rue Carnot

One of the most emblematic statues in Angoulême, this monument pays tribute to Marie François Sadi Carnot, the fifth president of the French Republic.

This majestic statue stands on the site of a former tower of the ramparts of Angoulême. It overlooks the city and offers one of the most beautiful views of the city. It is located on the... Learn more about Rue Carnot

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By Gilles Rolland

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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