Yesterday I accidentally stumbled deep into the Paris of the 1940’s!
Walking down the hill after my Montmartre tour I found that a movie crew has completely redecorated an area to film a French feature called “Adieu M. Haffmann”, to be released early next year. It will star French actor Daniel Auteuil (one of my favorites) and the story will take place in WWII Paris.
For the filming, each modern storefront has been meticulously covered with its own faux Nazi Occupation-era facade. To complete the illusion they’ve added worn signage, old cars & bicycles, references to corsets, medicinal elixirs — even French propaganda posters urging locals to work in the German factories. It’s remarkable how well this is done; the artistry of it was quite inspiring.
The filming will last a few weeks, so between now and the end of March 2020 if you can make it to the intersection of Rue Berthe and Rue Androuet (see map), you’ll catch a glimpse of this transporting space.
*Pro tip: arrive around 1pm when the cast & crew leave for lunch – you’ll be able to walk freely through the set!
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