When the lockdown hit Paris, all non-essential work was forbidden. So a local film crew didn’t have time to remove a huge set on rue Androuet in Montmartre.
I wrote more about the movie here (called Adieu Monsieur Haffman, a WWII movie set for a 2021 release) and I have been obsessed with the street transformation from day one.
But what’s interesting today is how the film set has been abandoned, leaving one Paris street stuck in Nazi-occupied 1942.
Here’s the strange and slightly eerie story of the frozen film set – in podcast format – with the help of one of the actors and an American woman whose home was taken over by the film crew (and still is!).
And, as promised in the podcast episode, here are 100+ of my own pictures from my visits to the set before, during, and after filming. Click on each image to enlarge it.
The abandoned set, today
The day(s) of the shoot
Period vehicles on set
Building the set
It’ll be pretty hard for you to visit the abandoned set during lockdown unless you live within one kilometre… but if you do, the address is rue Androuet and rue Berthe.
Oh yes, if you think you recognize the street, the minimarket on the corner features in the 2001 hit movie Amelie.
For way more details about the set, an interview with one of the Nazi actors, and Chelsea whose shop was transported into the movie set, please listen to today’s podcast (and subcsribe).
Oh yes, and I made a full Instagram story with more pics and videos from the set here. Follow!