Filming of “The Three Musketeers”, Place des Vosges – © Anaïs Costet

Summer in Paris is filming season, because the city is deserted. In August, the Marais was transformed into a movie set. Rue de Braque, for example, the AppleTV+ channel was filming episodes of a series devoted to Benjamin Franklin, with Michael Douglas in the title role. The multi-Oscar-winning actor plays the politician who was a printer, publisher, writer, inventor of the lightning rod, naturalist, abolitionist, politician and co-drafter of the American Constitution.

The series explores the relationship of the man who was the first American ambassador to Paris. An exciting time, says AppleTV+: “At 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to finance the American experiment in democracy. Through his notoriety, charisma and ingenuity, Franklin outwitted British spies, French informers and hostile colleagues, while establishing the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace treaty with England of 1783 The eight-year French mission remains Franklin's most important service to his country. Without him America would not have won the Revolution. »

A few months earlier, Pathé Films had gone back even further in time with the filming of “The Three Musketeers” on the Place des Vosges – initially named Place Royale and inaugurated at the start of the reign of Louis XIII in 1605. This production cost 60 million of euros intended for the big screen constitutes the thirtieth adaptation of the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The casting promises: François Civil plays D'Artagnan, Eva Green is Milady, Vincent Cassel plays Athos, Romain Duris plays Aramis and Pio Marmaï, Porthos. Lyna Khoudri plays Constance Bonacieux, Louis Garrel slips into the skin of Louis XIII while Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps plays Queen Anne of Austria.

From August 4 to 8, near the Picasso museum, season 2 of the series “Julia” was also filmed, an HBO production, which, as in the case of Franklin, tells a Franco-American story. The episodes retrace the television career of American chef Julia Child. From 1962 to 1976, it made the preparation of great French dishes accessible to American viewers. The role is played by British actress Sarah Lancashire. The titles of the episodes of season 1 were already salivating: “Omelettes”, “Coq au vin”, “Bœuf bourguignon”, “Petits fours”, “Crêpes Suzette”, “Pains”, “Foie gras”, “Chocolate soufflé” ". French cuisine, there's nothing better!

Text: Axel G.

03.09.22

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