The French motoring lifestyle in movies
A majority of the drivetribers comes from the US or the UK. We all know the main French motoring brands. We all know some French famous cars which play historical or fictionnal roles. Do you know really the French movies which cars have an importance or become characters? Sit down of on your sofa and just read that court and curious article on some French popular movies you know or not. It's free and delighful.
Luc Besson directed one of the best French saga including all the clichés on the European and Japan cars and the policemen in France. Daniel and Emilien became heroes and friends each other. It's like Fast and Furious with a Peugeot 406 but without supercars. The saga became a success over the years. The fifth film will arrive soon in 2018 whereas two US remake were realized in 2004 (Taxi New-York) and 2014 (Taxi Brooklyn). Sylvester Stallone appears in the French third movie too. What are the characteristics of the white Peugeot 406? I think that extract explains a lot of things.
Les visiteurs (1993-1998)
The first two movies are so popular in France and in Europe whereas the others last two (2001 and 2016) are just awful. I grew up with Jacquouille La Fripouille et Godefroy de Montmirail who come from the 12th century when Louis VI was the king of the future France.
What is the script? A knight (Godefroy) must save his stepfather travelling in Time to stop the fatal arrow who killed his fiancée's father. Whether he fails, he wouldn't have descendants as sanction. He left the Middle Age with his servant (Jacquouille) after the wizard makes an error in his magic potion. Our heroes discover the (modern) life in the 1990's. They lived some fabulous adventures with their descendants and cars which they call "chariottes". If you like the French humour, you should watch the first movies where a Range Rover, a British symbols is sacrified.
Now Where Did the 7th Company Get To? (1973-1977)
If you grew up in France, you know those films with three of the best French actors from the 1970s. Michel Galabru (Chaudard), Jean Lefebvre (Pithivier) and Aldo Maccione (Tassin) manage to hide and save the 7th company travelling in the French countryside during the Battle of France on june 1940.
It would have been a dark and tragic movie. Don't worry, it's the contrary of the last movie of Christopher Nolan, Dunkerk (Dunkerque). With our trio, you laugh and discover the French traditions and some meals on German tanks. You learn some German words too.
Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez (1964-1982)
The golden age of the French cinema was in the 1960s and the 1970s thanks to some legendary actors as Louis de Funès, Michel Galabru or Michel Serrault. Moreover, what was the most famous place in France at that time? Saint-Tropez of course! Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez symbolizes a French motoring lifestyle that all the policemen would love to adopt everyday.
Cruchot and his citroen Mehari in Saint-Tropez.
Now, what are the two famous cars which represent the series of The Gendarme? The Citroen Mehari and the Citroen 2CV. After watching the first movies, I'm sure you will have a best opinion of the French classic cars. A supercar is not really practical on the roads of the South France sometimes. Soeur Clotilde prove it you!
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