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For his film “Merci pour le chocolat” (“Thank you for the Chocolate”), Claude Chabrol chose Lavaux as the setting for the love story between the wealthy chocolate factory heiress played by Isabelle Huppert and a disillusioned musician played by Jacques Dutronc. The film, awarded the 58th Louis-Delluc prize for the best French motion picture of 2000, was a fabulous opportunity to showcase the magnificence of the Lavaux landscape. The landscape was used as a contrast to the stifling atmosphere created by the difficult relationship between the two main characters.

Three documentaries

Lavaux also appeared in a film by Peter Ustinov entitled “Lady L” (1965) starring Sophia Loren and Paul Newman. Finally, the area is a focus of 3 documentaries. The first, “L’année vigneronne”, by Charles-Georges Duvanel (1940), the second, “La paysanne au travail”, by Arthur Adrien Porchet (1927) worded by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz in 1928. The last one, “Chronique vigneronne” (1999), by Jacqueline Veuve focused on the detailed observation of the continuing transformations of the area throughout the end of the 20th Century.

Source : MUEHLETHALER, Jacques, « Cinéma », in Lavaux, Vignoble en terrasses face au lac et aux Alpes, Lavaux World Heritage Site Application File for UNESCO, Cully, January 2006, pp. 27-29.


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