Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How to Steal a Million (1966)

dir. William Wyler

Nicole Bonnet (Audrey Hepburn) driving while listening to the auction results – Quai de l’Archevêché, Ile de la Cité, Paris, France.

The Bonnet mansion – Rue Parmentier at Carrefour Bineau, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. The house has since been demolished and the only thing that remains is the small brick structure on the left. It’s called Octroi de Neuilly and once served as a tax-collecting booth. The old mansion gate apparently has been relocated farther down Rue Parmentier (just around the corner) and bears the number given as Bonnet’s address in the film – 38 Rue Parmentier.

The motorcade – Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France.

The art museum – Musée Carnavalet, 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris, France. The film implies that the museum is somewhere in the vicinity of the Elysée Palace but it’s actually in the Marais district. The interior was a studio set modeled on a different museum, the Musée Jacquemart-André at 158 Boulevard Haussmann.

Nicole drives Simon Dermott (Peter O'Toole) to his hotel – The Ritz, 15 Place Vendôme, Paris, France. The hotel was closed for renovations in 2012, and reopened in June 2016.

The museum gate – Musée Carnavalet, 16 Rue des Francs Bourgeois, Paris, France.

American tycoon Davis Leland (Eli Wallach) tries to convince Nicole to sell the Venus but is interrupted by the arrival of Simon – Maxim’s, 3 Rue Royale, Paris, France

Simon points to a heavily guarded building – Ministry of the Interior, Place Beauvau, Paris, France.

"That’s where the President lives" – Elysée Palace, 55 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France.

The distressed Nicole and Simon sitting on a bench – Rond-point des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France.

The park where Simon gets the idea of using a boomerang – Carré Marigny between Avenues Gabriel and Marigny, Paris, France

The park by the river where Simon tests the boomerang – Allée du Bord de l'Eau south of the Pont de Suresnes, Paris, France. The area has changed a lot since the filming and is only vaguely recognizable.

Simon tests the boomerang by throwing it out of his hotel window – Place Vendôme, Paris, France

See also...


Lawrence of Arabia


  1. Was the hotel on the Place Vendome the Crillon?

    1. What do you mean? The Crillon is on the Place de la Concorde.

  2. Thanks so much for the info about the mansion!

  3. i have been curious about that mansion for years, but couldn't find any info. thanks... do you know any of the history, owners? did it look like that on the inside (as shown in the movie?) thanks

    1. I don't know much about the mansion's history or its owners. I believe the interior was filmed on a studio set.

  4. The 5-th from end is the right bank near of hippodrome. On the background is the Mont-Valérien. I supose


  6. Discover this page now only.
    About the The park by the river, according to me it's located close to the Allée du Bord de l'Eau in the Bois de Boulogne. Reason is because we can see the Mont Valerien in the background.

    1. It's quite possible but the other bank of the Seine in that area has changed so much. It's hard to pinpoint the exact location.

    2. That's right, but when you look at the movie you can clearly see a bridge on the right that is very likely the Pont de Suresnes, so the spot was roughly 1km south the bridge.
      But more than that looks difficult

    3. Yes, that's where I thought it would be judging by the angle of the shot. Thank you.