From September to November 4, 2018, Vaux-le-Vicomte invites you to relive the most striking moments of the greatest movies in Cinema history filmed at the château!
The Seventh Art is an integral part of the history of Vaux-le-Vicomte. From La Folie des Grandeurs in 1971 to Marie-Antoinette in 2006, to say nothing of James Bond: Moonraker in 1979 or L’Homme au Masque de Fer in 1998, the château—built in 1656 by Nicolas Fouquet, Louis XIV’s Superintendent of Finance—has served as a décor for almost 70 films!
For this, the second edition of “Vaux-le-Vicomte fait son cinéma,” and as part of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the estate to the public, a range of interactive activities and exhibitions await only your presence…
NEW! In the footsteps of 007: spotlight on the film Moonraker
A brand new exhibition!
An exhibition of posters, archival materials and objects from the shoot, and our homage to Roger Moore, who died in 2017, will allow visitors to plunge into the world of James Bond, thanks to the cooperation of the “James Bond Club – France” (first floor of the château).
The same helicopter from the 1979 film, a Bell 206, will be on display in the Cour d’honneur of the château.
Return of the Drax girls: two days dedicated to 007
THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 20 AND 21, the members of the “James Bond Club – France” propose free guided visits to discover the very spots where shooting the film took place (inside and outside). (Places are limited; please sign up at the château.)
All weekend, the château is organizing a unique opportunity to meet the James Bond girls and the Drax girls from the film Moonraker! Visitors will be able to have a photograph taken with them or to get an autograph from Corinne Clery, Blanche Ravalec, Irka Bochenko, Chichinou Kaeppler, Beatrice Libert, Anne Lonnberg or Catherine Serre! (Charge not included in entrance fee.)
The château will also propose screenings of the film documenting the making of the film, Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.
WIN a first-time helicopter flight!
In 1978, James Bond arrived at the Drax estate by helicopter, flying over the gardens of… the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte! Each Saturday, we propose that you relive this mythical scene by winning a flight in an Alouette II helicopter.
When? There are 2 flights each Saturday at 3 P.M. and 3:30 P.M., with 2 winners for each flight. First-time flight of 30 minutes includes: meeting the pilot, briefing, getting your equipment, the flight, and then debriefing.
How? Play on our official Facebook page (@chateauVLV) or try to be an “instant winner” during your visit to the estate. 4 winners will be selected at random each week (Complete rules of eligibility and prizewinning will soon be available.)
Daily from September 22 to November 4
[Unprecedented!] An exhibition focusing on films shot in 1968 for the 50th anniversary of our opening to the public
To celebrate our 50 years of opening to the public, the château invites its visitors to discover what was going on backstage during the films shot in… 1968! Three rooms on the ground floor will be dedicated to the film shoots that took place in that special year.
In the gallery of the master creators, our archives will present what went on behind the scenes during the shooting of the first international television series Les Aventures de d’Artagnan (by Claude Barma, with Dominique Paturel), broadcast on ORTF – Channel 2, where the château was one of the two principal settings.
In the Grande Chambre Carrée (Great Square Chamber), the château will spotlight the presence of Orson Welles in 1968 for the filming of Start the Revolution Without Me / Two Times Two (by Bud Yorkin, released in 1970), where the American actor played the role of the narrator in a comedy about the French Revolution, using videos and photos from the National Archives, as well as from the Vogüé family’s personal collection.
Exclusive interviews from the Vogüé family will also be screened for the first time in the Galerie d’Architecture.
[New!] A 360° immersive experience
A 2-minute long, 360° plunge into a film shoot.
For the first time, the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte invites its visitors to participate in a film shoot through a 360° experience! Wearing VR (Virtual Reality) headsets, they will be transported to the heart of the action, set right in the middle of the Grand Salon. Living everything through the eyes of the principal actor, visitors will attend a sumptuous celebration given in honor of the King, in the midst of which a traitor will be unmasked, provoking a duel between musketeers!
A look back at films shot at the Château… in posters!
The impressive filmography of the estate will be unveiled in an exhibition of around twenty posters for cinema and television, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the world of cinema at the moment they arrive at the estate, in the Cour des Equipages.
The technical skills of cinema professionals
In the basement, an exclusive video will present the different stages and techniques that make the shooting of the most sensational special effects possible, such as the scene showing the blowing-up of the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte in Raid Dingue, Dany Boon’s latest full-length feature. Aurélie Lajoux, supervisor of the film, will feature in a video explaining how the film’s special effects were built, earning it the Prix du Public in 2018 for 43rd César Awards.
Michel Doré (Head decorator, producer, director/story-board designer) will once again allow us to display the story-board used for shooting the action scenes in Raid Dingue. A entertaining workshop using a green screen will also allow visitors to walk around in the shoes of an actor, making a scene with special effects! (Free)
The costumes from Versailles return to the château!
An exhibition of costumes from the series Versailles* will transport the public to a world of refinement and exceptional savoir-faire. Designed by Madeline Fontaine, the costumes of Louis XIV (George Blagden), his family and his court illustrate how each bead and piece of embroidery counts in bedazzling viewers and recreating the sumptuous clothing of the 17th century. From locating suitable fabric—not to mention cutting, dyeing and aging it to make it look authentic—down to assembling the finished costume, many people participate in the making of a film costume. Over the three seasons of the series, nearly 120 costumes were made in Madeline Fontaine’s workshop. Six of the most sumptuous of them will be displayed in their settings in rooms on the first floor of the château, to the delight of visitors, as well as six “mini costumes” from the series displayed on dolls.
* Série Versailles © Une Création Originale CANAL+. Produced by Capa Drama, Banijay Studios France, Incendo, Entre Chien & Loup
Not-to-be-missed weekend events
“Les Rendez-vous Cinéma”: lectures-encounters with cinema professionals
Decorator, Storyboarder, SpecialFX make-up artist, Costumer… We at the estate invite the public to learn more about the extraordinary professionals who contribute to the making of a film. The atypical people will participate in lectures-encounters each Sunday revealing the secrets of their professions! No reservation necessary, but places are limited; program to be announced.
Guided visits “Behind the scenes during a film shoot”
Every weekend, guided visits will be proposed. A guide will take visitors over the estate so that they will be able to discover what the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte has to do in order to serve as a location for film crews while still respecting the constraints of a classified site listed by Monuments Historiques. General public, 45 minutes, Additional 5€ charge over entrance fee, by reservation only.
“Special FX” make-up
Every weekend, visitors will be able to take advantage of a “Special FX” make-up workshop, as if taking part in a film. From fake wounds to aging by decades: optical illusions will no long hold any secrets for the public! (Free of charge)
Dates and hours
From September 22 to November 4, 2018, from 10 AM to 5 PM
Check the opening hours for the estate by clicking here.
Ticket prices for the “Vaux-le-Vicomte at the movies” event
Full price: 17.50 € / Reduce price: 15.50 € / Free for children under 6.
Check entrance fees for the estate by clicking here.
During this period the entrance fee gives access to the areas usually open to visitors (château, garden, carriage museum) and to the event.
All activities indicated are included in the entrance fee: only the themed visits and the meetings with the James Bond girls / Drax girls are subject to an additional charge.