France has a leading role in the feature film “Ocean’s 8”, a female spin-off of the famous “Ocean’s” robbery saga, which is broadcast this Sunday evening on TF1. We explain why.
Female spin-off of the famous Ocean’s robbery saga, the feature film Ocean’s 8, broadcast this Sunday evening on TF1, is a big Hollywood production, led in particular by Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna. But a big Hollywood production with a French something, and not the least!
The river of diamonds coveted by the gang of robbers of Ocean’s 8 was indeed designed by the Parisian jeweler Cartier. The jewel bears the name of Jeanne Toussaint, in homage to the one who was the artistic director of the house from 1933 to 1970.
In addition to the monetary value, for the purposes of Ocean’s 8, the jewel had to have a significant historical value. This is how the choice fell on a river of diamonds designed in 1931 by Jacques Cartier for the Maharajah of Nawanagar.
These jewels unfortunately no longer exist but a sketch and several photos have been preserved in the archives of the house. Rather than recreating an exact copy in every respect, Cartier used this art deco masterpiece as inspiration and mobilized the resources of its Haute Joaillerie workshops located rue de la Paix, in Paris.
Ocean’s 8 on TF1: Matt Damon cut during editing!
The necklace seen in Ocean’s 8 was made in a record time of eight weeks instead of eight months. Originally designed for a man, the Jeanne Toussaint was scaled down 20% so Anne Hathaway could wear it on screen.
Our interview with the “Ocean’s 8” robbers: