10 Paris locations featured in movies

11 Jan

1. Café des Deux Moulins is a cofeehouse located in Montmartre that gained popularity after it was featured in the movie Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain as the working place of Amélie. The café can be found at: 15, rue Lepic, 75018 Paris.

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2. Avenue des Champs-Élysées is one of the most famous and most expensive streets in the world. Featured in many movies, it made a special appearance in one of the greatest Nouvelle Vague films, À bout de souffle, directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The film tells the story of Michel, 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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3. Musée du Louvre. Another iconic location in Paris that has been featured in a number of movies, the museum served as a setting for one of the most famous scenes in film, the Louvre scene in Bande à part where Franz, Arthur and Odile try to beat the world record for running through the museum. The same scene was later reproduced in Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, where the characters try to beat the record from Bande à part.

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4. Pont de Bir-Hakeim is a bridge over the Seine River, that connects the 15th with the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was featured in Bertolucci’s controversial film Last Tango in Paris. The bridge appears at the beginning of the movie when the two characters meet.

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5. Shakespeare and Company is the name of two  Parisian bookstores: the first one opened in 1919 on the left bank of Seine, and was the gathering place for writers like Ezra Pound and E. Hemingway. It closed in 1940 during the German occupation and never re-opened. The second one opened in 1951, and it is located at 37 Rue de la Bûcherie. The bookstore is featured in the movie Before Sunset as the place where Jesse and Celine reunite after nine years, and in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.

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6. Bibliothèque Saint-Geneviève (10 place du Panthéon, 75005 Paris) designed by Labrouste stands at the Sainte-Genevieve hill, across the street from the Pantheon, in the Latin Quarter. It was featured in the 2011 film Hugo, directed by Scorsese.

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7. Paris Saint-Lazare is one of the six railway stations of Paris and the second busiest railway station in Europe. It was a subject for Édouard Manet and Claude Monet’s paintings, among many others. The train station was featured in the 1995 movie French Kiss and in La double vie de Véronique, the story of a Polish singer and her French doppelgänger.

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8. Le Train Bleu is a restaurant located at the first floor of Gare de Lyon, Paris. It was built with the occasion of the Universal Exhibition in 1900. Regulars have included Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bardot, Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali and Jean Gabin. The restaurant was immortalized in Luc Besson’s Nikita and in the 1972 Travels with my aunt.

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9. Square Jean-XXIII, a public garden named after the Pope in his honor, can be found in the 4th Arrondisment of Paris, behind Notre Dame Cathedral. It was featured in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, in the scene where the guide reads to Gil Adriana’s journal .

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10. Pont Alexandre III, built between 1896 and 1900 and named after the Tsar Alexandre III, spans the Seine River, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter. It was featured in films like: Angel-A, Midnight in Paris, Gigi, Ronin etc.

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