Shooting locations of The City of Fear in Cannes and Nice
The city of fear is actually called Cannes. Follow in the footsteps of your favorite heroes in the movie city.
77 Rue Félix Faure, 06400 Cannes
A few days before the Cannes Film Festival, Odile Deray (Chantal Lauby) organizes screenings of Red is Dead for film critics in this establishment. The projections are a disaster. And even more so when the killer shows up and executes most of the projectionists. Directed by Alain Berbérian, La Cité de la peur was to have a completely different director, Claude Berri. The latter, on reading the script, refused, judging the film “a little stupid”.
Rue Costes et Bellonte, 06206 Nice
The scenes at the Nice “airport” were shot in September, contrary to what the film might suggest. It was here, in particular, that Chantal Lauby declaimed her cult line to Alain Chabat “No, I’m the Pope and I’m waiting for my sister”. A line that she repeated in episode 53 of the series Bref. The final credits of the feature film are like the film itself, full of pop culture references and various jokes. For example, Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne, respectively the alter egos of Spider-Man and Batman, are included, as well as a certain “Tom Crouze” who would have been cut in the editing.
“Throw me in here” crossroads
68 Rue d’Antibes, 06405 Cannes
Odile Deray asks Serge Karamazov (Alain Chabat) to “throw it here”, which he does, before turning violently in the streets of the United States with his “Reneault Safrane edition Palme d’or”. The film and its cult replicas have greatly influenced pop culture. In the French version of the Red Dead Redemption video game, many trophies are named after replicas, such as the liar poker “Tu bluffes, Martoni” . Completing the game at 100% wins the “Red is Dead”, the title of the fictional feature film in The City of Fear.
73 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
During their stay in Cannes, Serge Karamazov and Simon Jérémi (Dominique Farrugia) stay in this hotel on the Croisette. Odile Deray’s name would refer to Gilles de Rais (1405-1440), one of the first serial killers in French history, as well as to the island of Ré. Gilles de Rais was, like many other historical figures, associated with the creation of the character Bluebeard. Charles Perrault would indeed have been inspired by the former baron.
Palais des Festivals and Congresses of Cannes
1 Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes
In the middle of the Cannes Film Festival, it’s normal to see this building designed especially for these events. Another murder takes place during a screening and the killer is seen fleeing from the building. Serge Karamazov then sets off in pursuit, in a bad way. Later, the building hosted the Festival, including the famous red carpet ride with 800 extras, the legendary representation of the Carioca and finally the “arrest” of the killer, Emile (Sam Karmann). On the occasion of the film’s 25th anniversary in 2019, Alain Chabat and Gérard Darmon replayed, by surprise, the Carioca scene during the film’s outdoor screening.
Promenade Robert Favre le Bret
Promenade Robert Favre le Bret, Cannes
It’s on this walk in Cannes, then along the beach, that Serge pursues the killer and in particular confronts a homeless woman, joggers and these “mime jerks” in what looks like a motorized chase. This one ends when Serge runs into a souvenir stand. The City of Fear parodies many films for its gags. For example Terminator, when someone knocks on the door and Odile Deray directs him to Sarah Connor, the door next door, or Basic Instinct during Odile Deray’s interrogation of Commissioner Bialès.
Dead end (fictitious)
29 Rue Jean Joseph Méro, 06400 Cannes
In the middle of the chase, the killer is forced to back up after mistakenly entering a dead end. In reality, it is not a dead-end street at all, a sign and a wall have been erected for the purposes of the film. If Serge Karamazov replies many times “no ties, I am an only child” when he introduces himself, it is in reference to Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s latest novel, The Brothers Karamazov, which has been adapted many times for film, television, theatre and ballet.
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