The Last Duel: Beynac, Fénelon, Berzé-le-Châtel… The art of spotting the ideal castle


Director Ridley Scott had to tour medieval French sites to find castles that matched the story of the film.

Although Jean de Carrouges resided in Normandy, in the castle bearing his name, the filming of the production of Ridley Scott did not take place on site, the monument having been too altered after the Middle Ages.

After having made a tour of France of the medieval sites, the choice of Ridley Scott finally stopped on several sites, of which the castle of Beynac. Overlooking the Dordogne valley, in a very little urbanized place, the building has all the assets for this kind of fiction, including defensive dungeons, vaulted rooms, medieval kitchens, spiral staircases or panoramic terraces.

In France for the castles

“The director nonetheless came several times to scout with us before making up his mind”, recalls Audrey de Montgolfier, its owner, who finally saw nearly 300 people and 600 extras disembark in February 2020. The great hall of the States of Périgord also welcomed 93 in costumes, for the wedding scene of Jean and Marguerite. Beynac was

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