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Tour on the steps of the shooting of the film Un Singe en Hiver (A Monkey in Winter)

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In 1962, the movie « Un singe en hiver » was shot in Villerville. Inhabitants are attached to this film and proud of it. A tribute was made in 2012, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary.
Each year, a there is a firework on the last weekend of October, like in the movie. Film-lovers come to walk on the shooting scene which is still here and noticed by markers (map available at the Tourist Information Office).
Claude Pinoteau wrote, on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary : « That’s strange how a major work can be accomplished by replacing a failed project. Renouncing the movie « Au large de l’Eden », Jean Gabin forced Henri Verneuil and Michel Audiard to find another theme, within a strict deadline imposed by the contract. Premonition ? Chance ? That servitude produced a masterpiece. The credit goes to Audiard who suggested, at the very last moment, Antoine Blondin’s novel « Un singe en hiver ». Everything went so incredibly, as if the film had pre-existed and
bloomed finally free : cast, staging, dialogs, scenery, work plan... The movie was « graceful ». Left in location recce, from the Picardy coast to Cotentin to find the « Tigreville » of the novel, Villerville came to me as evidence. Verneuil adopted it from pictures ».
« Un Singe en Hiver » is now in the heart of filmlovers, and remain engraved in Villerville memory. Everyone can find there the unchanging scenery of every scene, and players ghosts who haunt them happily !
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Tour on the steps of the shooting of the film Un Singe en Hiver (A Monkey in Winter)

14113 VILLERVILLE

Phone : 02 31 87 77 76

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