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Le barman du Ritz

Synopsis

What’s the story?

Paris, 1940. Despite the Occupation, the prestigious Ritz Hotel has managed to remain open. Its bar becomes a favorite spot for Nazis eager for a taste of French refinement. Its celebrated barman, Frank Meier, is forced to adapt to this new clientele. But he is hiding a secret that no one can find out: he is Jewish.

With every word and smile, the atmosphere becomes more and more suffocating. Yet Frank refuses to flee. With the unwitting help of the Nazis, Frank eventually uncovers secrets that help keep him and his loved ones alive—especially Luciano, his young apprentice, and Blanche, wife of the director of the Ritz and Frank’s impossible love—both of whom are Jewish too.

Betrayal, lies, and backstabbing raise the stakes for the bartender—with Frank always just one step ahead of fate.

Publisher – Albin Michel

Contact: Philippe Collin

Rights Management Agency: Susanna Lea Associates 

 

3 reasons why you should adapt this book into a TV series:

  • For its story based on the internationally renowned barman Frank Meier
  • For its chilling and fascinating plot
  • For the way it uncovers the complex relationship between collaborationists and the Résistance

Author

A producer and author at France Inter for the past 20 years, Philippe Collin has retained a deep taste for history from his studies. Since 2021, he has been producing major historical podcast series that have been broadcasted by over ten million listeners. He is also a comic book scriptwriter, and published in 2018 LE VOYAGE DE MARCEL GROB, inspired by the story of his great-uncle during the Second World War, an album that has sold over 150,000 copies.

Philippe Collin

Author

French
Biography

A producer and author at France Inter for the past 20 years, Philippe Collin has retained a deep taste for history from his studies. Since 2021, he has been producing major historical podcast series that have been broadcasted by over ten million listeners. He is also a comic book scriptwriter, and published in 2018 LE VOYAGE DE MARCEL GROB, inspired by the story of his great-uncle during the Second World War, an album that has sold over 150,000 copies.

About
France
Philippe Collin
French
Biopic, Historical
Albin Michel
April 2024

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