Jacques Prévert,
film in Saint-Paul de Vence

As part of the 100th anniversary of the Victorine film studios, insight into how Jacques Prévert left his imprint in Saint-Paul de Vence through his film activities...

Two voices resound in the night, «Good people, sleep in peace we are watching over you !».

Jacques Prévert and Pierre Brasseur wander through the deserted streets of Saint-Paul de Vence. Under the Occupation, when films were shot at the Victorine studios in Nice, Jacques Prévert made Saint-Paul de Vence an ideal refuge for creation. 

During the war, Prévert wrote for film director Marcel Carné the screenplay and dialogues for a French  film monument shot on the French Riviera: Les enfants du paradis (Children of Paradise) in 1945.

Following his example, film directors André Cayatte and Henri-Georges Clouzot settled in the village after the war.

In Saint-Paul de Vence, Prévert worked on writing the dialogues for the film Les amants de Vérone (The Lovers of Verona, 1949 for pour André Cayatte.

In the 1960s, the village was used as a backdrop for the shooting of several films, including Georges Lautner's Ne nous fâchons pas and Michel Boisrond 's Atout cœur à Tokyo pour Oss 117 (Trump-Card in the Heart of Tokyo for OSS 117).

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