THE BOARDWALK 
Les cabines de bains© Sandrine Boyer Engel
© Delphine Barré
© Naïade Plante

The famous Boardwalk, one of the symbols of Deauville, was built in 1923. Extending along the Pompeian Baths built in the same year by the municipality, the Boardwalk replaced the previous beach cabins, considered too deteriorated. This Art deco structure, signed by Charles Adda, found its inspiration in ancient models, preserving a close relationship with modernity through engraved lines and the use of concrete punctuated by mosaics. The Boardwalk, made of rot-proof Malagasy exotic wood, known as azobé, originally extended on a length of 444 m. This area became and remained forever a renowned meeting place, extending today, after successive renovation works, on 643 m.

In 1966, Claude Lelouch gave worldwide notoriety to the Boardwalk –where a square now bears his name- with the film “A man and a woman”.

 

© Naïade Plante

Concrete & mosaics

""City crowd on the Boardwalk.

If I flied up there, the open-air bar would resemble to a bowl of lentils".

Jacques Henri Lartigue  (1894-1986), "Carnets".

B.n.F Photographies, Seeberger fund (from the left to the right): the boxer Georges Carpentier, Kees Van Dongen, Josephine Baker, André Citroën and his wife, Tristan Bernard and Sem, Buster Keaton and his wife.

NAMES OF AMERICAN FILM ACTORS AND DIRECTORS

In 1975 the American Film Festival was launched in Deauville. Since the 1990s, Anne d’Ornano, Mayor of Deauville at the time, decided to commemorate film actors and directors, inscribing their names on the boardwalk plaques. Every year in September, this French Sunset boulevard welcomes the major talents of the American film culture.