The Château de Fléchères and the cinema

Le Diable par la Queue

In 1968, Philippe de Broca shot this delightful comedy at Fléchères, aided by a dazzling cast: Madeleine Renaud, Yves Montand, Maria Schell, Marthe Keller, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Pieplu, etc.

To save her château from ruin, a Marquess and her family decide to become hotel keepers. When a fugitive hides with them after a bank hold-up, they aim to kill him to steal the loot, but, of course, it all ends happily, love triumphs and the château is restored.

Amazingly, four years after the film was shot, a notorious fugitive, Joanny Chavel, the "brains" of the famous "Lyon Gang", was for several months the tenant of the château. In 1973 he organised several parties notorious in the annals of Lyon, before mysteriously disappearing.

There is a longstanding belief that he hid in the château his share of the loot from the Great Train Robbery of Strasbourg (11 millions Francs in 1971!) and in the 1980s, several walls and floors were pulled apart in the search for the mythical treasure...
Madeleine Renaud and Yves Montand
Madeleine Renaud and Yves Montand

The Marquess and her family
The Marquess and her family

La Marquise des Ombres

In July 2009, the Marquise de Brinvilliers, a famous poisoner at the time of Louis XIV, was reincarnated at Fléchères in the shape of the actress Anne Parillaud.

For 15 days, the director Edouard Niermans besieged the château with a team of 80 people, 40 extras, hundreds of costumes, lorry-loads of furniture, a carriage, horses, dogs, geese and chickens...
In spite of the crowds and bustle, the organisation was perfect and no harm was done.

Some splendid scenes were shot at Fléchères, dramatic (the slow poisoning of the Marquess's father) or spectacular (an evening in the gaming room with innumerable extras, magnificently dressed, bewigged and made up).
The television film, produced by Geteve and France 2, will be shown in two episodes in the spring of 2010.
Shooting La Marquise des Ombres
Shooting La Marquise des Ombres

Filming in the château courtyard
The extras of La Marquise des Ombres

Les Lyonnais

The film, directed by Olivier Marchal, was shot in 2010. It depicts a famous band of crooks, which had achieved in 1971 the robbery of the Strasbourg Post Office.
At Fléchères was reconstituted a party given in the castle by a leader of the gang, Joanny Chavel, in 1973.





Filming Les Lyonnais
Filming Les Lyonnais

Party given in the château
Party given in the château

Isabelle disparue

This Bernard Stora TV movie was filmed largely at Fléchères, in autumn 2010.
This is a police investigation into the disappearance of a young girl, heiress of the castle, in which Line Renaud and Bernard Le Coq confront each other.





Line Renaud and an actor at the château
Line Renaud and an actor at the château

Shooting in the castle grounds
Shooting in the castle grounds

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