Anti-Bolshevik posters, curfew notice in German, collaborationist advertisements and old-fashioned storefronts: a film shoot, suspended during confinement, has plunged two streets of Montmartre since Tuesday during the Occupation.

Anti-Bolshevik posters, curfew notice in German, collaborationist advertisements and old-fashioned storefronts: a film shoot, suspended during confinement, has plunged two streets of Montmartre since Tuesday during the Occupation.

(.) – A distracted passer-by might not pay attention to it, but the walls of Berthe and Androuet streets, perched on the Montmartre hill not far from the Sacré-Coeur, are lined with posters of German propaganda and the Vichy government.

Several facades of fictitious signs – the Moatti shoemaker, the Hurel brewery, the Mercier jeweler … – were also repainted in the characteristic spelling of the time. It is a setting for the adaptation to the cinema of the play “Adieu Monsieur Haffmann”, written by Jean-Philippe Daguerre and awarded four Molières in 2018.

This tragicomedy takes place in Paris in 1942 and tells the story of a Jewish jeweler who hides in a cellar to escape the Nazis and asks his employee to resume trading while waiting for the end of the Occupation.

The film crew, directed by Fred Cavayé with Daniel Auteuil, Sara Giraudeau and Gilles Lellouche as main actors, had to abandon the filming locations in application of confinement rules to curb the coronavirus epidemic. “They still took care to remove the posters calling for the census of the Jews,” said a local resident.

According to the IMDb site, a database specializing in film and television, the theatrical release was scheduled for January 2021.

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