We all remember the images of the Liberation of France, where young French ladies throw out themselves to the neck of American soldiers. But do we know that thousands of them got married to them? The film by Fabrice Cazeneuve and Jean-Claude Grumberg, Cigarettes and Nylons (Cigarettes et bas nylon), will finally tell us their story.
After the Liberation of France, Jeannette (Adélaïde Leroux), Marie-Thérèse (Salomé Stévenin) and Mireille (Mélodie Richard) got married to American soldiers. Before crossing the Atlantic to join their husbands, they spend four days at the Chesterfield camp where they become friends. But when it’s time to go, Jeannette’s husband died in an accident…
Cigarettes and Nylons
a portrait of three young women
The TV film Cigarettes and Nylons tells us the story of a little known consequences of the Second World War. Far from smoothing a pseudo French-American friendship, the film paints the portraits of young women who will discover a language and a culture far from the image they had of it.
If the first part of the movie in which we follow these women in their preparations for departure is very interesting, the second party in the United States (shot in Louisiana) ran out of steam quickly, probably by lack of money (shooting a period film abroad).
But despite this weakness, Cigarettes and Nylons is engaging and the Award for Most Promising Actress obtained at the 12th Festival of TV Fiction in La Rochelle for the three main actresses (Adélaïde Leroux, Salomé Stévenin and Mélodie Richard) is well deserved.
To learn more:
- Cigarettes and Nylons (Cigarettes et bas nylon, 2010)
Direction: Fabrice Cazeneuve
Script: Fabrice Cazeneuve and Jean-Claude Grumberg
Editing: Jean-Pierre Bloc
With: Adélaïde Leroux, Salomé Stévenin, Mélodie Richard, Yeelem Jappain, Nina Meurisse, Anna Mihalcea, Mathilde Cazeneuve, Adeline D’Hermy, Jean-Baptiste Fonck
Music: Michel Portal
Production : Denis Poncet and Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (Maha production)
- Cigarettes et bas nylon has been broadcasted on March 12nd, 2011 on French channel France 3
- Cigarettes et bas nylon will be broadcasted on July 29th, 2016 on Franco-German ARTE