Cinema

A guide to the best French and English-language films made in and about Provence, Daniel Auteuil's passion for Marcel Pagnol and the cinema trail in La Ciotat, including the Lumière Brothers' summer home and the oldest movie theatre in the world. 

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Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat station by the Lumiere BrothersLa Ciotat calls itself the cradle of cinema, with justification. The pioneering Lumière Brothers made their first films here and its Eden Théâtre claims to be the world's oldest surviving public cinema.

Russell Crowe in A Good YearPuzzlingly, Provence proper has attracted few English-language productions (unlike the Côte d'Azur, which has often been a magnet for Hollywood). Here, however, are four American films, plus one from Britain, in which Provence plays a key role.

Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Woman.....The fabulous landscapes and remarkable characters of Provence have inspired some great films - so why not snuggle down and dream of the South with a classic movie?

Daniel AuteuilThe veteran French film star Daniel Auteuil just can't seem to tear himself away from his passion for Marcel Pagnol.

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