The first of Angélique's movies (by Bernard Borderie, with the beautiful Michèle Mercier, Robert Hossein, and Jean Rochefort) is shot in the wonderful settings of the Château de Tanlay.
The Château of Joffrey de Peyrac, Angélique's lover...
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Article published the 20/08/2018 in the Yonne Républicaine (article from Patricia Piquet)
Popular with filmmakers for its romantic silhouette and park, the castle has notably hosted the shooting of a few scenes from an episode of Les Angélique.
47 years after the boxing of his adventures, the shadow of the Marquise des Anges still hangs over the Château de Tanlay. "As the saga is broadcast every summer, we hear a lot about Angélique," smiles the castle guide.
A deep moat where four round towers are reflected, a majestic entrance guarded by two obelisks. But, of course, it is! The Renaissance castle, founded by François de Coligny, and the residence of Joffrey de Peyrac, Angélique's scarred husband, are like two peas in a pod.
Fans of Robert Hossein and Michèle Mercier have a keen eye because the silhouette of the building only briefly appears in the film. "You never see Tanlay exclusively in all the series and films that have been shot here," says the Countess of the Chauvinière. The directors take a little bit of Ancy, Bussy-Rabutin, Tanlay. This one is appreciated for its cheerful and attractive exteriors." Another scene of Angélique, Marquise des Anges, was shot near the Grand Canal. "The carriages were thrown at full speed into the driveway of the park," recalls the Countess.
In the spring of 1964, Bernard Borderie and his team toured Burgundy: they set up their cameras at Fontenay abbey, in the quarry of Marmagne and at the Château of Marigny-le-Cahuet in Côte-d'Or.
A treasure in the moat
In 1976, the same director plunged Tanlay back into a cloak and dagger atmosphere with the shooting of the series Ces Beaux messieurs de Bois-Doré, adapted from a novel by George Sand. "This series was a huge success. Scenes were shot in the trompe l'oeil room. There was also a treasure hidden in the moat. Actors jumped, fell back and fought in the ditches. When we cured the moat some time later, we came across a box set. We thought it was a treasure, but it was the empty tape from the movie!"
In front of the cameras, the castle plays with the times. In the late 1960s, he dressed in the colours of the Empire for a soap opera about the life of Jean-Roch Coignet, captain of the Imperial Guard.
But in the 2000s, Tanlay returned to carriages and basket dresses for two Grand Siècle shoots. For the TV film, Julie, Maupin's knight with Sarah Biasini, Pierre Arditi played the harpsichord in the large living room. "He was in fact doubled by the great harpsichordist Jean-Patrice Brosse, who was also powdered and dressed in period costume when only his hands were filmed". In the summer of 2009, another marquise, this time from the Shadows, grazed the main courtyard with its crinoline. "Anne Parillaud played the Marquise de Brinvilliers. It was a very cheerful shooting. It must be said that we had a lot of fun every time. All these shoots took place in a good atmosphere. Of course, there are some constraints - on these days, we have to close to the public, the furniture is removed and replaced - but the castle is magnified and this brings life to the whole village. "