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Bordeaux Gironde in the movies, in the books, famous people


Bordeaux and the Gironde are very popular locations with film directors who find the landscapes and beautiful mansions perfect for filming many films and TV series. 

Camping 3 was released on the big screen at end of June 2016, produced by Fabien Onteniente and starring Franc Dubosc, it was filmed at the Camping des Flots Bleus (The Blue Waves Campsite), in Pyla, on the beach of Lagune, in Arcachon, and Cap Ferret. 

In Bordeaux, few scenes of famous movies were also filmed, such as:

Le Corniaud (1964) (The Sucker) from Gérard Oury, starring Bourvil and Louis de Funès

Un Flic (1972), from Jean-Pierre Melville in 1972 starring Alain Delon and Catherine Deneuve

Pile ou Face (1980) from Robert Enrico, starring Philippe Noiret, Michel Serrault and Pierre Arditi 

Les Misérables (1982) from Robert Hossein, starring Lino Ventura, Michel Bouquet, Jean Carmet

Les Fugitifs (1986), from Francis Veber, starring Pierre Richard, Gérard Depardieu

Valmont (1989) from de Milos Forman 

La Reine Margot (1994) (Queen Margot) from Patrice Chéreau starring Isabelle Adjani, Daniel Auteuil, Jean-Hugues Anglade

Beaumarchais l’insolent (1996) (Beaumarchais The Scoundrel) from Edouard Molinaro starring Fabrice Luchini, Sandrine Kiberlain

Se souvenir des belles choses (2001) (Beautiful Memories) from Zabou Breitman starring Isabelle Carré and Bernard Campan.

Les Petits Mouchoirs (2010) (Little White Lies) from Guillaume Canet

J’ai épousé une Ombre (1983) from Robin Davis starring Nathalie Baye and filmed in Pauillac.

Le Grand Soir (2012) from Benoit Delépine and Gustave Kerven starring Benoit Poelvoorde, Albert Dupontel, Yolande Moreau, with many scenes filmed in Bordeaux, Bègles, Bouliac, Cestas, Mérignac, Pessac, Villenave-d’Ornon.

some FAMOUS people 

Writers, actors, song-writers, politicians, journalists, many famous people were born in Bordeaux or in Gironde, died or had a brilliant career here. 

The philosophers and writers Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, born in Bordeaux in 1533, died in Dordogne in 1592 and Charles de Montesquieu, born in 1869 in Brède, died in Paris in 1755.

The politicians, Jacques Chaban-Delmas (1915-2000), deputy –Mayor of Bordeaux (1947-1995) and Alain Juppé, Mayor of Bordeaux since 1995, re-elected in 2001, abandoned his mandate in 2006 and was re-elected in 2006, 2008, 2014, Prime Minister from 1995 to 1997.

Jacques-Yves Cousteau, oceanographic explorer, the famous red hat captain was born in Saint André de Cubzac in 1910 and died in Paris in 1997.

Jean-Jacques Sempé, cartoonist humourist, father of the “Petit Nicolas” was born in Bordeaux in 1932.

The film directors:

Max Linder, born in Saint-Loubès in 1883 and deceased in 1925 in Paris

René Clément, born in Bordeaux in 1913 and deceased in Paris in 1996

Edouard Molinaro, born in 1928 in Bordeaux and deceased in 2013 in Paris.

The actors:

Jacques Dufilho, born in Bègles in 1914, deceased in 2005 in the Gers 

Danielle Darrieux, born in 1917 in Bordeaux

Barbara Schulz born in 1972 in Talence.

The journalists and television presenters:

Sophie Davant born in Bordeaux in 1963

William Leymergie, born in Libourne in 1947

Christophe Dugarry, international footballeur born in 1972 in Lormont, consultant for the TV channels and sport caster.

Born in Bordeaux: the singer Marcel Amont in 1929, the humorist Pierre Palmade, in 1968, the singer Serge Lama, in 1943, the television presenter Julien Courbet, in 1965.


There are many books on Bordeaux and the Gironde: Practical guides, tourist guides, beautiful books, cooking books or books on wines to please everyone 

Le Petit Fûté Gironde

Le Routard Bordelais, Landes, Lot-et-Garonne 

Guide Vert Bordeaux

Guide Vert week-end Bordeaux

Guide Vert Gironde

Bordeaux Patrimoine Mondial (Bordeaux, World Heritage), Geste Edition

Bordeaux, Secret et Insolite (Bordeaux, Unusual and Secrets), Les beaux jours.

Bordeaux à Vélo, et La Gironde à Vélo (Bordeaux By Bike, and the Gironde By Bike), Editions Sud Ouest

Dictionnaire des rues de Bordeaux (Dictionary of the Streets of Bordeaux), Editions Sud Ouest

Bordeaux, la Conquête de la Modernité (Bordeaux, the Conquest of the Modernity), Mollat

Bordeaux, Vin de Légende (Bordeaux, Wine and Legend), Editions Assouline.

Le Bassin d’Arcachon (The Bay of Arcachon), Glénat.