French movie set with a backstory worthy of any film

Location for Cinderella retelling Ever After and 1967 horror film Eye of the Devil has a dramatic history all of its own

Hautefort Château, in Dordogne, is often used as a location by film-makers, but its own story would make for a film plot.

Belonging to the Born-Hautefort family from 1160 to 1398, it has been destroyed and rebuilt multiple times.

Richard the Lionheart besieged and destroyed it in 1183, but the owner Bertran de Born rebuilt it.

In 1600, renovations to remodel the entire place were begun and continued sporadically until 1695, by which time it had increased in size, acquired two imposing new towers, a regal staircase and a host of other features.

Unlike many other chateaux, it survived the French Revolution intact, and was still owned by the same family until 1887 when the last scion of ...

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