Question on video location in France

Mar 14th, 2019, 07:34 AM
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Question on video location in France

We recently watched the late 1980's TV show "Wish Me Luck" about British girls sent over to help the French Resistance during the war. It was obviously filmed in France, but I couldn't determine where.

In a few scenes they showed loaded German trucks driving along a river through partial tunnels under overhanging cliffs on a very narrow road. We both thought it looked just like the road we had driven along the Lot River in 2005 (whereby we eventually went to St. Cirque LaPopie). Towns mentioned in the TV series were Beaufort, San Michel, and an area called the Crest. Lots of the scenes looked like they were either in low foothills of the Pyrenees, or maybe a few shot in the Dordogne. Of course the towns could have been fictional too.

St. Cirque, if you're reading and have ever seen this show which is now on Acorn, bet you would know some answers.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 08:43 AM
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I doubt if they had a town named San Michel as that isn't French. I think all the place names were fictional in that series. I know Le Crest was (of course it is a real name for a place in France, but not what was shown in that series, which was a plateau). I think a lot was filmed over towards Switzerland.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 10:40 AM
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It could be the Gorges du Tarn:

Or one of the many narrow roads in the gorges in the up-country of Nice and Menton.

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Mar 14th, 2019, 11:21 AM
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Funny, normally IMDb and other websites have all information about filming locations but there is nothing about this series.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 11:31 AM
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Yes, I can't find it either. Michael's picture looks exactly like the road into Les Eyzies from Manaurie, too. All very confusing
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Mar 14th, 2019, 11:49 AM
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Michael's photo also looks like the Gorges de Galamus, which was what sprang to mind from your description.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 11:50 AM
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I see that there is a huge number of Wish Me Luck film clips available on YouTube but I am insufficiently motivated to wade through them to find appropriate scenes. However, I am quite sure that hopingtotravel can do this little task for us, and then we can give appropriate information.
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Mar 14th, 2019, 03:13 PM
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French Resistance in Vichy France?

Thought the Resistance was in large cities in Nazi-occupied France. With today's Internets such a resistance would be much more effective perhaps.

Were there even French resistance fighters in Dordogne?
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Mar 14th, 2019, 06:37 PM
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Although I've never been to the Tarn I did wonder about that area too. Thanks for all your interest.
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Originally Posted by PalenQ View Post
French Resistance in Vichy France?

Thought the Resistance was in large cities in Nazi-occupied France. With today's Internets such a resistance would be much more effective perhaps.

Were there even French resistance fighters in Dordogne?
If you ever get a chance, look at the W.W.II war memorial in Sarlat. It is one of the few places here there are more names on it than on the W.W.I memorial.
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Mar 15th, 2019, 06:04 AM
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You need to read up on history a bit, PalenQ. Vichy France was occupied by the German starting in 1942. Ever heard of Oradour?
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Mar 15th, 2019, 07:11 AM
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The French Resistance was HUGE in the Dordogne. People were hidden in the caves and cliffs and spirited over the Pyrenées to Spain. Safe houses for children were set up in many places. There is the ruin of a large Resistance hospital in the hills above our house. There are memorials and clubs and celebrations and services all over. Ever heard of Martin Walker's books?
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Mar 15th, 2019, 07:12 AM
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Check out the film The Old Gun some day with Romy Schneider and Philippe Noiret.
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Mar 15th, 2019, 07:38 AM
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Sounds like some of the filming was done in Vassieux-le-Vecours:

So It Goes...: Wish Me Luck, Series Three Review
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Mar 15th, 2019, 11:12 AM
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French Resistance in Vichy France? Thought the Resistance was in large cities in Nazi-occupied France. With today's Internets such a resistance would be much more effective perhaps. Were there even French resistance fighters in Dordogne?
You need to read up on your WW2 history, Palenque. There's an excellent WW2 Resistance museum in Brive la Gard, for example.
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Originally Posted by Christina View Post
I doubt if they had a town named San Michel as that isn't French. I think all the place names were fictional in that series. I know Le Crest was (of course it is a real name for a place in France, but not what was shown in that series, which was a plateau). I think a lot was filmed over towards Switzerland.
I've heard St. Michelle/Michel pronounced so that it sounded (to an American) like san mishel.
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Mar 15th, 2019, 11:36 AM
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Le Crest was fictional.

It's Brive-la-Gaillarde

And it would be Ste. Michelle
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Mar 15th, 2019, 12:58 PM
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I've heard St. Michelle/Michel pronounced so that it sounded (to an American) like san mishel.
Not by the French as they would never pronounce the "N", but sometimes the "T" as in Saint André.
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Guess I'd better go back to France and listen more attentively.
But do I at least get a "C" for trying?

Re a Crest"......could it have been Crestet, in the Vaucluse?
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Guess I'd better go back to France and listen more attentively.
But do I at least get a "C" for trying?

Re a Crest"......could it have been Crestet, in the Vaucluse?
You could also be hearing what you want to hear, knowing that the word is the same as the English word.
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