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Cinema in Nice

Cinema in Nice: when movie buffs go on holiday, the destinations they enjoy the most are those that have served as shooting locations for famous movies. As a matter of fact, they opt for holiday destinations where they have the opportunity to meet stars of the small screen. Staying on the Côte d'Azur, they are very satisfied in that the three main seaside resorts of the region perfectly meet these two criteria: Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Nice regularly welcome famous actors, but they have also served as material background to some cinematographic masterpieces.

Concerning more specifically the famous movies shot in Nice, there were many. Certainly, the city has not had the privilege of being at the center of the classics of French cinema, unlike Saint-Tropez, for example, with the series of Gendarmes of Louis de Funès. It also does not host a famous international movie festival as its counterpart in Cannes. Nevertheless, actors and directors of national and international renown chose Nice as their shooting location and hereafter some of these cinematographic "masterpieces" shot in Nice.

As we have already mentioned the saga of the Gendarme de Saint-Tropez with Louis de Funès, it is normal to start there and to mention that in the episode of the Gendarme in New York, in 1965, some sequences were shot in Nice. Another major French cinematographic work was performed in Nice by Christian-Jaque in 1952, Fanfan la Tulipe. A few years later, in 1959, I will spit on your tombs was also born in Nice. The same goes for La Cage aux folles 2, the second part of the trilogy, a classic of 1980s cinema.

The "contemporary" cinema has remained loyal to Nice and several internationally renowned productions have chosen as filming scene the capital of the French Riviera. The Transporter and the Heritage Transporter, very famous action movies all over the world have been shot in Marseille and Nice. But Nice is especially the den of the French comedy. The Return of the Pink Panther, released in 1975, I am shy, but I take care, in 1978, Lovely Rita patron saint of desperate cases, in 2003, etc. So many famous movies that were shot in Nice. And we must not forget the adventures of the famous Nice citizen surfer Brice de Nice, incarnated by Jean Dujardin, another masterpiece associated with the great city of Côte d’Azur that is Nice.