10 filming locations for Midnight in Paris

18 Jan

1.  Hôtel Le Bristol Paris-named after the Earl of Bristol, a grand British traveler- is a luxury Parisian hotel situated at Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, number 112. It was built somewhere around 1800 and acquired by The Countess of Damas. In 1892 her daughter sells it to Count of Castellane who redecorates it with luxurious furniture and expensive decorative objects, then builds a theater that soon becomes the meeting place for the high society. Abandoned by the Count, the hotel is bought by the son of the owners of the famous “le Boeuf à La Mode” restaurant and officially opened in April 1925. Official website:  http://www.lebristolparis.com/fr/bienvenue/


2. Monet’s garden at Giverny. At the beginning of the movie Gil and Inez visit the house that belonged to Monet and it’s now a Museum. Monet lived and painted here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Website: http://fondation-monet.com/fr/


3. Crémerie-Restaurant Polidor where Gil meets and talks to Hemingway about his book. Situated at 41, rue Monsieur Le Prince, 75006 Paris, the restaurant used to be frequented by important writers like James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac. Official website: http://www.polidor.com/


4. Musée Rodin- Paul contradicts the guide about the women Rodin was involved with. The museum was opened in 1919 and it contains most of Rodin’s significant creations, the paintings he used to collect, works of the French sculptor Camille Claudel etc. Website: http://www.musee-rodin.fr/


5. St Etienne du Mont, rue de la Montagne Geneviève is the place where the old car stops every night to take Gil back in time.


6. Le Grand Véfour. The restaurant where Gil dines with Inez and her family is one of the oldest in the city. It opened in 1874 and offers one of the best culinary experiences you can get in Paris. Its fame is also given by the important people and intellectuals ( Napoleon, Danton, Hugo, Colette, Jean Cocteau) who used to dine here. The menus are actually made by Cocteau himself. Official website: http://www.grand-vefour.com/


7. Musée de l’Orangerie is an art gallery of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings located on the bank of the Seine in the old orangery of the Tuileries palace. It is also the museum that hosts Monet’s famous Water Lilies (Nymphéas). Website:  http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/


8. Le Marché Paul Bert, 96-110 rue des Rosiers, is a Flea Market that has 250 stands on seven alleys. In this place you can find old furniture and paintings, mirrors and decorative objects and even vintage haute-couture clothes. In the movie, this is the place where Gil meets Gabrielle. Website: http://www.paulbert-serpette.com/index/actual


9. Musée des Arts Forains is a private museum that holds a collection of merry-go-rounds, carousels, swings and bicycles. The museum was created by Jean Paul Favand, an actor and antiques dealer, from his private collection. The permanent collection is composed of three thematic rooms: “The Venitians Lounges” (Les Salons Vénitiens), “The Marvelous Theater” (Le Théâtre du merveilleux) and “The Fairground Art Museum” (Le musée des Arts forains). Website: http://www.pavillons-de-bercy.com/


10. Shakespeare and Co. 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.



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