Conceived as a "geographical jigsaw" in which movie stars and other international artists take viewers on a journey around the French Riviera best familiar to them. Joan Collins lives in ...
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Conceived as a "geographical jigsaw" in which movie stars and other international artists take viewers on a journey around the French Riviera best familiar to them. Joan Collins lives in Gassin, and brings us to the brocantes and vineyards of the area. Regine, founder of the modern disco, takes us through village and beach life at St Tropez. Roger Moore enjoys the culture of St Paul de Vence and Monaco. Sylvia Kristel, resident in Ramateulle, explores the Isles de Lerins. Charles Aznavour, whose summer home is in Port Grimaud, relives his boat excursions to St Tropez and inland, to Cogolin. James Coburn, a regular Riviera visitor, visits Picasso's Vallauris and Cannes. Written by
Intimate and stylish insight on the French Riviera lifestyles
I watched this show years ago shortly after its release and enjoyed the intimacy and romance of an A-Lister's view of French Riviera culture (Fondation Maeght, Picasso's War and Peace Chapel, the brocantes, the Pampelonne beaches, Monte Carlo casino, etc).
Looking back, this show seemed like a precursor of the MTV/Cribs TV generation. It has some stylish and snappy directing and editing. And with it came the sort of class and quality of the stars and locales of, say, Hitchcock's love letter to the Riviera, "To Catch a Thief."
Considering the popularity of celebrity lifestyle/reality shows, I am baffled as to why this show hasn't been released on DVD. Great interviews, too, with Roger Moore, Joan Collins, Charles Aznavour and the late, great James Coburn. Give it a look if you can.
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