10 of the greatest films set in Paris- part I

10 Jan

1. Bande à Part, Jean-Luc Godard, 1964. Franz and Arthur are two crooks with a passion for old-Hollywood movies. In an English class, Franz meets Odile who tells him that in her aunts house, where she lives, there’s a large pile of money stashed by a man Mr. Stoltz who also lives with them. The two crooks try to convince Odile to steal the money.

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2. Last Tango in Paris (1972) is a controversial film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Paul, a middle-aged hotel owner starts an anonymous sexual relationship with a young Parisian woman named Jeanne.

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3. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001. An innocent, shy Parisian waitress decides she will change the lives of the others and make them better, in an original way.

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4. Midnight in Paris, Woody Allen, 2011. Gil Pender, a bohemian Hollywood screenwriter, dreams do find the time and inspiration to finish his first novel. While in Paris with his fiancée and her parents he is literally transported back to the 1920’s, where he meets F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, Picasso and his mistress Adriana to whom he is immediately attracted.   

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5. À bout de souffle, Jean-Luc Godard, 1960. Michel is a young petty criminal who is wanted by the police, after he shot a policeman. He tries to convince his American girlfriend, a student and aspiring journalist, to run away with him to Italy.

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6. La double vie de Véronique, Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1991. The story of Weronika, a young Polish singer, and Veronique, her Parisian double.

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7. The Dreamers, Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003. During the 1968 student riots, Matthew, Théo and Isabelle watch films, play games, listen to music and debate the current events in a Parisian apartment, until they become more and more distant from the world.

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8. Hugo, Martin Scorsese, 2011. Based on The Invention of Hugo Cabret a novel by Brian Selznick, the film tells the story of Hugo, a boy who lives in the walls of the Gare Montparnasse in Paris.

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9. A Little Romance, George Roy Hill, 1979. Based on the novel E=mc2 Mon Amour by  Patrick Cauvin, the film is about a French boy who meets an original American girl and begin an innocent romance.

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10. Les Biches, Claude Chabrol, 1968. The film depicts the tragic relationship between two bisexual women, Frédérique and Why, who fall for the local architect Paul Thomas.

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