THE PURPLE TAXI

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The Purple Taxi is a 1977 film directed by Yves Boisset and starring Fred Astaire, Charlotte Rampling, Philippe Noiret and Peter Ustinov. It is based on the novel ‘Un Taxi Mauve’ by Michel Déon, which tells the story of three expatriates living in Ireland who become involved in a series of intrigues and romances. Astaire plays the role of Dr. Scully, a local Irish doctor who owns a purple taxi and drives his eccentric friends around the countryside.

The film was shot in various locations in Ireland, mainly in county Galway, where the stunning landscapes of Connemara provided a beautiful backdrop for the drama. The Renvyle peninsula in particular was where many scenes were filmed.

The Purple Taxi is a rare example of a film that features Fred Astaire in a non-musical role. It is also one of his last films before he retired from acting. The film was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival and received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, but it is worth watching for its cast, its scenery and its quirky charm.

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