Course à l’échalote, La

Date: 1975
Director: Claude Zidi
Production Company: Hermes Synchron, Les Films Christian Fechner, Renn Productions

Stars: Pierre Richard, Jane Birkin, Michel Aumont, Claude Dauphin
Location(s): East Sussex, Paris

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

Charged with the enormous responsibility of running a bank whilst the director is away, a nervous manager attempts to recover important papers following a theft from one of the safe deposit boxes.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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After completing a not quite legal purchase of the Alcazar cabaret company, Bertrand de Rovère (Claude Dauphin) arrives in the city. Avenue Bertie Albrecht in Paris 75008.

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The camera follows Monsieur Rovère to the 20th Century Bank where he places the contract in his safety deposit box. The corner of Avenue Bertie Albrecht and Avenue Hoche.

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Janet (Jane Birkin) walks across from the beauty salon where she works to the 20th Century Bank where the boyfriend that she is attempting to leave, Pierre Richard, is a manager.

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After Pierre is left in charge when the Director goes on vacation, three suspicious looking Men arrive at the bank. Looking out onto the intersection of Avenue Hoche and Avenue Bertie Albrecht in the 8th arrondissement.

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While staying at his Mother’s home, Pierre Richard (Pierre Vidal) calls on Janet but isn’t allowed into the apartment where he used to live.

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Pierre attempts to gain entry into the building before being arrested.

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The Bank Manager is released by the police when he’s recognised by Commissaire Brunet.

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After the contract is stolen from Monsieure Rovère’s safe deposit box, Pierre leaves the bank and sets off to retrieve it. Avenue Hoche with Avenue Bertie Albrecht in the background.

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Suspicious of his actions, Janet follows. Avenue Bertie Albrecht in Paris, Île-de-France.

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Also suspicious about his actions, Commissaire Brunet follows too. Avenue Bertie Albrecht with Rue Beaujon in thed distance.

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Pierre arrives at Gare du Nord on Rue de Dunkerque in Paris 75010.

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Pursued by Janet and the Commissaire, Pierre follows the Alcazar company onto their special train bound for Brighton in England. Gare du Nord in the 10th arrondissement.

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Janet and Pierre arrive in England after being thrown from the cross-channel ferry and being rescued by Fishermen.

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The pair run towards an approaching van and ask for a lift to Brighton. Seaford Head in East Sussex with Cuckmere Haven and the Seven Sisters in the background.

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The van arrives in the seaside resort where the Alcazar cabaret troupe are performing. Madeira Drive in Brighton, East Sussex.

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Janet and Pierre get out of the van. Madeira Drive with Brighton Palace Pier stretching out to sea to the right.

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When asked, the Van Driver points out the theatre at the end of the pier. Facing east on Madeira Drive with Marine Parade to the top.

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The two have second thoughts about infiltrating the cabaret to retrieve the stolen paperwork before booking into a hotel. Madeira Drive in Brighton with the Palace Pier in the background.

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Pierre ends up in an alley outside the hotel after being tied up by Janet when she insists on going to the theatre alone. Union Street in Brighton with the entrance of the Seven Stars public house on Ship Street to the right of centre.

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Thinking that he’s an escape artist, a crowd throw coins at Pierre as he disentangles himself from the ropes. Union Street in The Lanes, Brighton.

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Running past the Commissaire hidden behind a broadsheet, Janet arrives at the theatre on the pier. Brighton Palace Pier in the English Channel off East Sussex.

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Taken prisoner by the members of the cabaret who had robbed the bank. Janet is led to a waiting boat. Beneath the Palace Pier with buildings on Marine Parade in the right distance.

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Pierre makes his way to the theatre in search of Janet. Brighton’s Palace Pier appears in many other productions including ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, 'Penny Points to Paradise', ‘Carry on at Your Convenience’, ‘Mona Lisa’, ‘Quadrophenia’, 'Oh What a Lovely War', 'Loot' and 'Smokescreen'.

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After Pierre is also captured, the two are taken to an isolated house along the coast. The house is a set constructed for the film.

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Having escaped their captors, Janet and Pierre return to the theatre where they retrieve the stolen contract before returning to France.

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With their relationship revived, the couple race to the bank to replace the documents in the safe deposit box before Monsieur Rovère returns. Avenue Hoche, Paris 8 with the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile visible in the right distance.

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Behind the end titles, cars move along Avenue Carnot towards the Arc de Triomphe in Paris 17.

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