Maigret of the Month: Liberty-Bar (Liberty Bar / Maigret on the Riviera) - 2
Maigret of the Month: Liberty-Bar (Liberty Bar / Maigret on the Riviera) - 3
5/04/05 From the "fascicule" accompanying No.1 of Maigret: Les Meilleures Enquêtes en DVD:
En 1960, La RTF produit Liberty-Bar, un téléfilm tiré d'un roman datant de 1932 et realisé par Jean-Marie Coldefy. Il s'agit d'une dramatique, selon l'expression consacrée. Louis Arbessier y joue Maigret, au sein d'un casting très féminin ou on relève les noms de l'excellente Margo Lion (la Jenny de L'Opéra de quat'sous de Georg W. Pabst), de Mathilde Casadesus, de Lysiane Rey ou encore de Marie-Blanche Vergne.I bought the first two editions in this series and they include some interesting information. Haven't watched the DVDs yet, which star Jean Richard.
Maigret of the Month: Liberty-Bar (Liberty Bar / Maigret on the Riviera) - 4
"Liberty Bar" has always been my favourite Maigret, so when we went to the Riviera this month, we planned to go also to Antibes and Cannes to visit "les lieux du crime". I marked them on your map of the Cap d’Antibes of your site.
On the Cap d'Antibes there are two sure, and still existing reference points: the Hôtel Bacon, where Maigret stayed (nr.1 on the map) Il y avait un hotel genre pension de famille, à mi chemin du Cap et de la ville Il rentra à son hotel, l'Hôtel Bacon , which is now a one-star restaurant in the Guide Michelin, and where the speciality is still bouillabaisse! La patronne de l'Hôtel Bacon etait entréé dans la pièce, souriante, mielleuse. "Est-ce que la bouillabaisse vous a plu?... Je l'ai faite exprès pour vous, étant donné que...
"Les Roches Grises", where Simenon stayed in 1931-32.
Then there is the hotel Provençal (nr. 3 on the map), in Juan-les-Pins, where Harry Brown, the son of William stayed, when he came to Antibes. It is a huge pile of an Art Deco building, now completely decayed, but renovation is soon to start to make it into a complex of luxury apartments.
The "Provençal" in Juan-les-Pins.
I was really excited when I thought I found Brown's villa (nr. 2 on the map). The location corresponds exactly to the description in the book at 500 meters from the Hôtel Bacon, after the sharp curve in the road of Pointe Bacon, where Gina Martini crashed with Brown's car, and on the sea-side of the road, because through the hall there was a view on the sea ...un hall dont les baies s'ouvraient sur la mer . It is a small, white villa, called "Ashore" (no house number), with a garage on the right side, une grille before the house, reinforced now with a metal fence (so that taking a good picture of the house is impossible!), une lampe électrique s'allumant au-dessus de la porte. But alas on looking at the pictures I took, I think this villa cannot possibly be dating from the 20's, it is more of the style of the late 1930's. Maybe it is built on the site of an older villa.
The villa "Ashore", I thought was the villa of Brown.
The same villa, showing the backside and the location by the sea.
As for the Liberty Bar itself: it should have been in the old quarters of Cannes, in one of the back streets parallel with the port. These one-time slums have very much changed since 1932: the whole neighbourhood has been upgraded and is now very touristy, with many little restaurants and boutiques. So I was not able to even remotely identify the bar.