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10 of the greatest films set in Paris -part 2

26 Jan

1. Les Aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec, Luc Besson, 2010 takes place primarily in Paris, France, circa 1912. Adèle Blanc-Sec, a journalist and travel writer wants to revive Ramesses II’s mummified doctor so he can save her sister Agathe, who is comatose following an unfortunate tennis incident.

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2. La femme de l’aviateur, Éric Rohmer, 1981. A young man and a girl he meets in the bus follow a man who he believes to be the lover of his girlfriend.

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3. Paris, je t’aime, 22 directors including: Wes Craven, Gus van Sant, 2006. The anthology film consists of eighteen short films set in different arrondissements of Paris.

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4. Paris vu par…, 6 directors including Godard, Chabrol, Rohmer, 1965. Same as Paris je t’aime, Paris vu par… is an anthology film that shows how the city is seen and understood by six influential film directors.

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5. La Chinoise, Jean-Luc Godard, 1967 takes place in a small apartment,and it’s structured as a series of personal and ideological dialogues dramatizing the interactions of five French university students belonging to a radical Maoist group called the “Aden Arabie Cell” (named for the novel, Aden, Arabie, by Paul Nizan). (Wikipedia)

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6. Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis, Jean Luc- Godard, 1966. Paul, a romantic young idealist meets pop star Madeleine in a bar and the two soon become romantically involved.

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7. Prénom Carmen, Jean-Luc Godard, 1983. Carmen, a female member of a terrorist gang falls in love with a security guard, during a robbery.

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8. Les Enfants Terribles, Jean-Pierre Melville, 1950. Two teenagers, a boy and his sister are inseparable; they live in the same room, fight, play secret games, and rarely leave the house. Paul’s friend Gerard often stays with them.

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9. Zazie dans le métro, Louis Malle, 1960. Zazie has to stay two days with her relatives in Paris, so that her mother can spend some time with her lover. Zazie escapes her uncle’s custody and sets out to explore Paris on her own.

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10. Vie privée, Louis Malle, 1962. Eighteen-year-old Jill heads off to Paris to become a model and dancer. Soon, she is discovered by a film producer and made into a big movie star.

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See also : 10 of the greatest films set in Paris -part one

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/

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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/

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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/

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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/

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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.

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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/

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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/

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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

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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/

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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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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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