Travels With My Aunt, 1972

Director

George Cukor

Cast

visit the film locations

London: Flights: Heathrow Airport; Gatwick Airport

The Salisbury, 90 St Martin’s Lane, WC2 (tel: 020.7836.5863)

Paris: Flights: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Indulge yourself at Le Train Bleu, on the first floor of the Gare de Lyon (tel: 01.43.43.09.06)

Four Seasons George V Hotel, 31 avenue George V (tel: 01.49.52.70.00)

Trivia

See the extravagant interior of Le Train Bleu again in Luc Besson’s Nikita (aka La Femme Nikita) – remade in Hollywood as Assassin, and spawning the spinoff TV series

Travels With My Aunt location: the Salisbury, St Martin's Lane, London WC2

Travels With My Aunt location: Aunt Augusta’s West End digs: the Salisbury, St Martin’s Lane, London WC2

A Graham Greene novel, veteran George Cukor directing, Katharine Hepburn starring... It looked pretty enticing.

Then Hepburn dropped out of the cast (or was fired) and Maggie Smith came on board, with a performance so extravagantly OTT, it’s best appreciated from an adjacent cinema. Or possibly a neighbouring city.

She plays the ‘liberating’ Aunt Augusta who opens up new horizons for dry old stick Henry Pulling (Alec McCowen).

In London, the determinedly bohemian Augusta’s West End base is above The Salisbury, 90 St Martin’s Lane, WC2 , at the time one of London’s most famously theatrical gay bars, featured in Basil Dearden’s groundbreaking Victim in 1960, with Dirk Bogarde.

The money pick-up is not far away, at the Lamb and Flag, 33 Rose Street, a tiny alleyway off Garrick Street, Covent Garden. Built in 1623, it’s the oldest pub in Covent Garden, and a colourful past is reflected in its old name, The Bucket of Blood.

The grandiose ‘St James and Albany Hotel’ is Paris’ lavish Four Seasons George V Hotel, 31 avenue George V, off the Champs Elysées.

Travels With My Aunt location: Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, Paris

Travels With My Aunt location: Aunt Augusta’s flashbacks: Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, Paris

The fabulous fin-de-siècle restaurant, where Augusta begins to get flashbacks to her youth, is Le Train Bleu, on the first floor of the Gare de Lyon, Paris (see it also in Luc Besson’s stylish Nikita).

The globetrotting travels also filmed in Italy, Morocco, Spain, Turkey and the former Yugoslavia.




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