Le Stuff’s Definitive Location Guide to Alfred Hitchcock’s Classic Film
Series Post #17
La Croisette and the cemetery in Cagnes-sur-mer
When we last saw John Robie (Cary Grant) he was struggling for his life in the middle of the night on the grounds of a beautiful villa located next to the Plage Passable in St Jean Cap Ferrat.
In the following scene Frances (Grace Kelly) and her mother (Jessie Royce Landis) walk down a busy street. A crowd has gathered around a newsstand and there is a palpable excitement concerning the latest headline.
“LE CHAT EST MORT!” (THE CAT IS DEAD!)
The cat, it seems, is indeed dead, but it’s not John Robie, it’s Monsieur Foussard.
This quick scene takes place in Cannes on the wide walkway that runs along the shore between La Croisette and the beach.
Le Suquet, the old town of Cannes set on a hill above the old port, can be seen in the background.
Foussard’s funeral is held in the old cemetery just north (behind) of Haut-de-Cagnes, the charming and relatively undiscovered old town that sits above the bustling town of Cagnes-sur-mer. The cemetery is located between Avenue de Verdun and Montee du Cimetiere.
I came across it purely by chance one day and recognized it immediately as the cemetery used in the film. The scene, I always thought, was pretty risqué given that Robie slaps Danielle Foussard (Brigitte Auber). I remember asking Brigitte about it and she recounted that the scene had to be filmed several times because, according to Hitchcock, Grant was not slapping her hard enough.