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THE WALK OF BOARDS

The bath cabins© Sandrine Boyer Engel
© Delphine Barré
© Naïade Plante

It is one of the symbols of Deauville, the famous Planches were built in 1923. They border the establishment of the Pompeii Baths built the same year by the municipality to replace the previous bathing cabins, considered too degraded. This Art Deco set, signed Charles Adda, is inspired by the models of Antiquity while registering in modernity with clean lines, the use of concrete punctuated by mosaics. Made of Malagasy exotic wood reputed to be rot-proof, azobé, the boards are originally installed over a length of 444 meters. They become and remain forever the place of an intense social life. They extend today, after successive extensions, over 643 meters. The walk then continues to Bénerville-sur-Mer along the Michel d'Ornano promenade.

In 1966, Claude Lelouch made known the Planches - where a place bears his name - to the whole world with the film "A man and a woman".

© Naïade Plante

Concrete & mosaics

"Urban and dark crowd on the boards.

If I were on a plane, the open-air bar would look like a dish of lentils. "

Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894-1986), "Carnets".

BnF photographs, Seeberger fonds (from left to right): Boxer Georges Carpentier, Kees Van Dongen, Josephine Baker, André Citroën and his wife, Tristan Bernard and Sem, Buster Keaton and his wife.

THE NAMES OF AMERICAN ACTORS AND DIRECTORS

1975 was marked in Deauville by the creation of the Festival of American Cinema. From the 1990s, Anne d'Ornano, then Mayor of Deauville, decided to write the names of the actors and directors on the "lists" that line the promenade. A French "Sunset Boulevard" surveyed by the greatest talents of American film culture each year in September.

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