Westerns, with their frontier tales, rugged scenery and wide-open spaces, were also shot in the Camargue.
In 1907, Joe Hamman and Jean Durand decided to film westerns in the Camargue. A Hanging in Jefferson City (1910), The Burning Prairie (1911) and A Hundred Dollars Dead or Alive (1910) established the genre and marked cinema’s earliest days. The Camargue’s wide-open spaces, wild horses and train between Arles and Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer lent themselves well to those films. In 1962, Johnny Halliday carried on the tradition, starring in D’où viens-tu Johnny? with herders playing cowboys. A look back at the great epic of the Camargue western!
Bernard Plossu’s passion for America is old. From his trips to the West he brought back many long-forgotten images. Today they go by like a road trip.