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The most famous film shot in Deauville remains A man and a woman, filmed in 1965. Romantic comedy shot in winter, when the beach is deserted, this film awarded the Palme d'Or, two Oscars and 47 international awards, will transform the image of Deauville and give it a new status: the beach lovers. The musical theme of the film, composed by Francis Lai, has become the musical portrait of Deauville.

A woman, her daughter and her memories. A rally driver and his son, cars, trains and a beach. A very simple love story, to music that has been around the world ... the film “a man and a woman”, directed in 1966 by Claude Lelouch, left a mark on Deauville forever. 40 years later, on September 5, 2006, a place was baptized “Place Claude Lelouch” in his presence as well as those of Anouk Aimée, Francis Lay and Pierre Barouh who signed the lyrics and music for the film.


The story of Deauville and Claude Lelouch begins in 1965. He escapes from Paris and arrives on the beach of Deauville. He then sees a woman and her child walking early in the morning on the beach. Click. Claude Lelouch has his story, a love story - daring for the time - between two young divorced parents. For the first time, a film is conceived with a script written alongside the music.


At first, the atmosphere was uncertain. I had no money and that naturally created some discomfort. But, at the same time, this shortage gave birth on the set a great solidarity. We didn't count overtime, we shot the film like amateurs with a team of ten fully motivated people. Anouk was our only star. We didn't know how to treat a star, but Anouk was very quick understood that she would not find with us the comfort that she was entitled to demand. She became fully part of the team and the film went divine. We had the good light at the right time, we were favored by the elements and the couple.

Claude Lelouch