Arsène Lupin (2004)

Character: Clarisse de Dreux-Soubise
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Co-Stars: Romain Duris, Kristin Scott Thomas, Robin Renucci, Pascal Greggory
Written by: Jean-Paul Salomé, Laurent Vachaud, Nicolas Saada, Maurice Leblanc
Based on: Arsène Lupin, novel by Maurice Leblanc
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

A retelling of the glamorous life of Arsène Lupin, the celebrated jewel thief of belle epoque Europe. Tired of boring rural life at the family’s luxurious castle in Normandy, France, Arsène’s father (Nicky Naude) instructs him to steal a particularly necklace once worn by Marie Antoinette, from his unsympathetic relatives, the Dreux-Soubise. Lupin later sees his murdered father’s body on the cliff-tops, setting him on a path to vengeance. His early taste for jewelry theft turns him into a career burglar.

The adult Lupin (Romain Duris) carries out his crimes with debonair, impish charm, and a good deal of luck. He then meets and falls for the mysteriously youthful Countess of Cagliostro (Kristin Scott-Thomas), whose criminal tendencies stray further even than the bloodless activities of her young lover. Meanwhile, his relationship with his cousin and childhood sweetheart, the respectable and pure-hearted Clarisse (Eva Green), leads him to become embroiled in an affair which links directly to the Countess, his father’s murder, and that necklace he stole as a young boy.

Gallery Links
Promo Shots & Movie Stills
On Set – September 10, 2003
On Set (Paris, France) – End of August 2003
DVD Featurette: Making Of Arsène Lupin”
DVD Featurette: Costumes
DVD Featurette: Make-Up
Online Links
IMDb Page
Official Russian Website
Available on: DVD and Blu-Ray

Jean-Paul Salomé

On Eva
“She was the ideal opposition to the somber character of the Countess. Her unusual beauty, but also the mystery she can emanate, avoided that the character of Clarisse would be only a pure and too smooth girl. And I can assure you that Eva is one of the most gifted actresses of her generation, in addition to her amazing beauty. She transpierces the film!”

Production Trivia & Facts:

Arsène Lupin is Eva’s first and only French language film.

Arsène Lupin is Eva’s second period film.

Has a run time of 2 hours and 5 minutes.

Eva was at one point attached to star in Jean-Paul Salomé’s Les Femmes de L’Ombre (2008) which is set in 1944 featuring a woman assigned by her Lieutenant brother to convince three other women to form a five-woman task force under his command to rescue a British geologist from a German hospital in the French countryside. Eva never took part in the film beyond being attached. Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Marie Gillain and Déborah François eventually starred in the film.

The costume designer, Pierre-Jean Laroque, created about 500 different costumes, 20 for Romain Duris, 18 for Kristin Scott Thomas. He took his inspiration from real-life historical figures such as la comtesse de Greffuhle, la Cassati, la comtesse de Castiglione.

The film contains more 400 visually modified shots.

Filming locations:

Paris, France

Abbaye Royale du Moncel, Pontpoint, Oise, France

Ardèche, France

Château de Chantilly, Chantilly, Oise, France

Château de Ferrières, Ferrières, Seine-et-Marne, France

Château de Nandy, Nandy, Seine-et-Marne, France

Étretat, Seine-Maritime, France

Opéra National de Paris Palais Garnier, 8 rue Scribe, Paris 9, Paris, France

Sortie Ouest de la Gare de l’Est, rue d’Alsace, Paris 10, Paris, France (Arsène Lupin catches sight of the countess and her son on the station staircase)

Cathédrale, Senlis, Oise, France (Arsène Lupin runs away from the cathedral)

La Cartonnerie; 12 rue Deguerry, Paris 11, Paris, France

Abbaye Notre-Dame-du-Val, Mériel, Val-d’Oise, France

Studios de Saint-Ouen – 44/50 Avenue du Capitaine Glarner, Seine-Saint-Denis, France

Awards & Nominations

César Awards, France (2005)

Nominated (César)

Best Costume Design (Meilleurs costumes) – Pierre-Jean Larroque

Sitges – Catalonian International Film Festival (2004)

Nominated (Best Film)

Jean-Paul Salomé