Belle Epoque and Deauville are two words chained together. Someone who visits Deauville can feel strongly the joie de vivre of this era. The magnificent architecture of the houses, the well maintained Promenade des Planches for big walks along the beach and the fact that the beach closets named after the Hollywood stars – a landmark for recognising the place as the setting for the film “Un Homme and Une Femme” by Claude Lelouch – show the prosperity of the place and the reason why the creative people used it as a setting of their work. For quite a long time, I had a very vivid memory of Jean Louis Trintignant’s racing car speeding on a huge sandy beach, somewhere in France, and meeting up with Anouk Aimee. That time, I was quite young and didn’t question about the name of the place, only later in life when I saw “Private Lives” by Noel Coward in the theatre, I kept in my mind the name. Deauville was the resort for the international bourgeoisie of that time and it was connected to major European cities with fast trains. It was really well maintained place for leisure and the two main casinos in the area kept entertaining the bourgeoisie. The Casino in Deauville was the original Casino Royale by Ian Fleming. Deauville was the setting of the film “Coco before Chanel” with Audrey Tatou and the birthplace of Chanel’s Clothing career. As well as, the town has been mentioned in one of the chapters of Proust’s in Search of Lost Time.
Le Promenade des Planches: The beach closets dedicated to the stars of Hollywood.
Casino Royale, Deauville
A library at the Plage of Deauville.
Shopping in Trouville is a totally different experience from Deauville.
A view of Trouville from the boat.
Deauville has kept its international profile by hosting the American Film Festival and each year troops of celebrities come to visit the resort. Perhaps, Deauville’s aura is due to the myth and exclusivity that stills offers to its residents.
For cinephiles and bookworms places like Deauville are a bonus for reviving our imagination even further. Somehow, it works as historical archaeological sites of the modern times!