Air France has always cultivated strong ties with cinema, a source of dreams, just like the plane. From very early on, the company was involved in the filming, providing aircraft, crew and technical advisors.
Air France appeared in Casablanca, in 1942. In 1948, it produced Aux yeux du souvenir, a romance between an air hostess and a pilot starring Michèle Morgan and Jean Marais. The film contributed to restoring the reputation of air transport, tarnished by the war. In the 1960s, air travel embodied the glamorous lifestyles of the jet society, immortalized on the Air France jetways by Télé Photos agency photographers. Hundreds of stars posed on the jetways, including Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Alfred Hitchcock...
Orly South often served as a film set. During the French New Wave period, the futuristic setting of the airport, with its metallic architecture and the taxiing of the Air France Caravelle and Boeing 707s, captivated filmmakers, including Jean-Luc Godard with Breathless in 1960 and Jacques Tati for Playtime in 1967. Air travel became a popular means of transport. The Air France fleet formed part of the collective imagination, appearing in a hundred or so films – Absent-minded (1970), Moonraker (1979), OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies (2006), and more recently Florida (2015), Brice de Nice (2016) and Dalida (2017).
In between films, movie stars continue to travel on board Air France, notably to take part in the Cannes Film Festival, of which the company has been a partner since 1987, which is running this year from 17 to 28 May on the Croisette.
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