Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
When Hollywood Goes To Provence...
A few months ago, I posted a piece on the ten best movies about Provence. Perhaps it should not have come as a surprise that all of them - from Jean de Florette to An Autumn Tale - were French. Well, I thought, I'd better add in a few films for readers who hate subtitles. And then I had an amazingly difficult time rustling up even five movies. Whereas the Côte d'Azur is highly cinegenic, the area west of Toulon seems to have been totally disdained by British and American directors - with a handful of exceptions. Here are the ones I came up with. Click here to read more.