Master of suspense at the cinema, the British director Alfred Hitchcock went to Marrakech in 1955 for the shooting of the remake of his own film, "The man who knew too much".
The thriller directed and produced by Hitchcock told the story of a French family on vacation in Morocco. This cinematographic and musical work put in images the experience of a secret agent eliminated in the streets of Marrakech, during his mission to prevent the assassination of the British Prime Minister.
For this, Paramount Pictures had obtained the production license for Pacha Thami El Glaoui, which made the team discover the city. According to Murray Pomerance's book, “Edouard de Segonzac, managing director of the Paris office of Paramount, the procedures were quick, thanks to the friendship linking Segonzac's uncle and El Glaoui who oversaw the facilitation of administrative procedures.
The medina being at the center of production; Obtaining a filming authorization from El Glaoui did not mean that everything was going to go as planned. Indeed ; "While armed soldiers were on the roofs and overhanging the souk", in order to secure the filming, the crowd was particularly "hostile" and it was strongly recommended to the directors to "suspend filming and no longer show their cameras" said Murray Pomerance again.
In Marrakech, during his location, Alfred Hitchcock chose several areas of the medina viewing the sequences of his film. According to the Cultural Trip platform, the director "inaugurated his opus with a scene of buses entering towards Bab Doukkala, historic monument of the city of Marrakech" Then he showed "the same bus going through Bab El Khemis, a very lively flea market and rich in its bazaars".