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.
Blanche et Marie marks Sandrine Bonnaire’s sixth collaboration in a feature film, after debuting as an extra in La Boum, by Claude Pinoteau.
The Carnot statue is located on the Dessaix ramparts in Angoulême.
This monument is a tribute to the President of the Republic Sadi Carnot who was assassinated in 1895. Two years later, with the help of a departmental subscription, the sculptor Raoul Verlet installed this statue on the Dessaix ramparts in Angoulême.
In addition to a bust of the politician at the top, there is an allegory of Renommée and a statue of France in mourning, veiled and carrying a flag.
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