Flight to the French Riviera (1949)

Aboard a swift Air France Constellation, you are heading to the gayest and most beautiful resort area in the world: the French Riviera. It doesn't matter in which season of the year you make your flight; it will be a comfortable one. For your plane flies above the weather, and at five miles a minute, New York is just over night from the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. Have you ever thought how reasonable it can be and how easy Air France has made it to spend your winter or summer vacation in the the sunny south of France?

Air France aims to seduce you with this 1949 color travel film about the Côte d'Azur, and it's tough to resist those red beach umbrellas, shapely water skiers, and quaint sailboats. 

Skip to about 14:40 for an amusingly creepy discusion of bikinis. The bikini was invented in France in 1946, so the phenomenon was still quite new and scandalous for Americans. Skip to 12:30 for hilarious water sports.

For more video from the Travel Film Archive, see http://travelfilmarchive.com.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

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