Ré island is famous for its beaches and marshes which attract thousands of visitors each year. The directors and other professionals of the 7th Art also share this interest. Thus, several feature movies and major masterpieces of the cinema have been shot on the island.
The first of the long series was The Blood at the head of Gilles Grangier, released in 1956. The cult scenes take place in La Rochelle, on Ré island but also on the ferry which ensured the junction between the two localities. It should be emphasized that the Pont de Ré was built in 1988, which is why no mention is made of it in the scenario.
The Americans also fell under the charm of the island and it was on the shores that was turned The longest day, released on the screens in 1962 and which is one of the most famous movies on the Second War World. Two major sites on the island have hosted the movie crew. Les Conches des Baleines, in the commune of Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, at the northern end of the island and the sandy beach of Rivedoux-Plage located to the south.
All that for this ! This masterpiece by Claude Lelouch was shot at Ré island in 1993. If the movie is supposed to take place in Thonon-les-Bains, it is the beaches and other emblematic places of Ré island that the cameras immortalized.
In 2013, the illustrious French director Philippe Le Guay chose the landscape of Ré island as a backdrop for his comedy Alceste on bicycle. The movie tells the story of an actor who wants to set up a theater classic with a long-time friend who has chosen to live on Ré island, tired of the showbiz. The success of the movie helped to make the island known to millions of people who did not know before this region, true pearl of the Charente Maritime. .