The Day of the Jackal, 1973

Director

Fred Zinnemann

Cast

visit the film locations

Paris: Flights: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

Vienna: Flights: Vienna International Airport

Nice: stay at Hotel Negresco, 37 Promenade des Anglais (tel: 04.93.16.64.00)


Trivia

It was outside the Hotel Negresco that dancer Isadora Duncan died in a bizarre motoring accident when her trailing scarf caught in the wheel of her car.

The Day of the Jackal  filming location: 150 rue de Rennes on the place du 18 Juin 1940, at the boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris

The Day of the Jackal filming location: the Jackal's attempt on the life of De Gaulle: 150 rue de Rennes on the place du 18 Juin 1940, at the boulevard du Montparnasse, Paris

Fred Zinnemann’s detailed, episodic filming of Frederick Forsyth’s novel was filmed on locations all over Europe as the OAS, in 1963, hires a professional hitman to assassinate French president General de Gaulle.

The Day of the Jackal filming location, Prater Park, Vienna

The Day of the Jackal filming location: the Jackal's meeting with OAS leaders: Riesenrad, Prater, Vienna, Austria

The coldly professional gunman, known only as The Jackal (Edward Fox), initially meets up with the OAS leaders in Vienna’s Prater Park, home of the familiar Big Wheel, famous from Carol Reed’s The Third Man.

The UK locations are now largely defunct: The Jackal consults French newspaper Le Figaro in the old circular Reading Room at the British Museum Library.

The Day of the Jackal filming location, Somerset House, the Strand, London

The Day of the Jackal filming location: the Jackal gets a new birth certificate Somerset House, the Strand, London

He gets a false birth certificate at Somerset House in the Strand, where all UK births, marriages and deaths were recorded until the register moved to St Catherine’s House (it’s moved again since then). Somerset House, now renovated as a gallery-exhibition space, has since found fame as a regular movie location, in GoldenEye (as St Petersburg), Portrait of a Lady, Wilde etc.

The British police operate from the old Scotland Yard Building on Victoria Embankment north of Westminster Bridge, SW1 (the Met has since moved to a new HQ in Victoria).

The town where the Jackal collects his customised pack-away gun from the Gunsmith (Cyril Cusack) and his fake ID from the Forger (Ronald Pickup), is Genova on the coast of northern Italy. His fraught border crossing back into France is at Ventimiglia on the coast road a few miles east of Monaco.

The Day of the Jackal filming location: Hotel Negresco, 27 Promenade des Anglais, Nice

The Day of the Jackal filming location: The Jackal stays in Nice: Hotel Negresco, 27 Promenade des Anglais, Nice

In Nice, the Jackal stays at the grandiose Hotel Negresco, 37 Promenade des Anglais. This classic hotel, dominating the seafront, can be seen in Jean Vigo’s silent classic A Propos de Nice.

He meets up with Colette (Delphine Seyrig) in a hotel, supposedly near Grasse, ten miles northwest of Cannes on the N85, but actually a dilapidated chateau near Paris, and he catches his train to Paris at Tulle, arriving at the Gare d’Austerlitz, Place Valhubert on the Quai d’Austerlitz.

The Jackal makes his attempt on de Gaulle from a hotel window opposite the Montparnasse Bienvenue Métro Station. The hotel can be seen virtually unchanged at 150 rue de Rennes on the place du 18 Juin 1940, at the boulevard du Montparnasse (Métro: Montparnasse Bienvenue).




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