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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10 of the best Robert de Niro movies

11 Jan

1. Mean Streets (1973). Directed by Martin Scorsese and released by Warner Bros, the film tells the story of a young man named Charlie who tries to move up in the New York mafia.

 

 

2. The Godfather: Part II (1974) continues the story of the Corleones, with Michael Corleone now in charge of the family business. In parallel, the film tells a second story, that of the young Vito Corleone, and how he succeeded in becoming the most feared mafia boss (Robert de Niro).

 

 

3. Taxi Driver (1976). Chronically alone and mentally unstable war veteran Travis Bickle, drives a cab throughout New York, and makes it his goal to “clean” the “scum” (pimps, prostitutes, drug dealers) off the streets of the city.

 

 

4. Raging Bull (1980) is a biographical film based on the memoir Raging Bull: My Story by Jake LaMotta, an Italian American boxer who’s rage and aggressive behavior outside the ring torn apart his family.

 

 

5. Once Upon a Time in America (1984) tells the story of David “Noodles” Aaronson and his Jewish pals, chronicling their childhoods on New York’s Lower East Side in the 1920s, through their gangster careers in the 1930s, and culminating in Noodles’ 1968 return to New York from self-imposed exile, at which time he learns the truth about the fate of his friends and again confronts the nightmare of his past.(RottenTomatoes)

 

 

6. The Untouchables (1987)- an account of the battle between gangster Al Capone and lawman Eliot Ness during the Prohibition Era.

 

 

7. Goodfellas (1990). Adapted from Nicolas Pileggi’s best-selling Wiseguy- the true-life account of mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill- the story details the rise and fall of Hill, a half-Irish, half-Sicilian New York kid who grows up idolizing the “wise guys” in his impoverished Brooklyn neighborhood. (RottenTomatoes)

 

 

8. Cape Fear (1991). Released from prison after serving 14 years for sexual assault, Max Cady begins harassing Sam Bowden (the lawyer who defended him) and his family because Bowden buried a report that would have in all likelihood acquitted Cady of the charges against him.

 

 

9. Heat (1995). Career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert de Niro) and his crew are chased by Lieutenant Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino), a dedicated policeman obsessed with catching them.

 

 

10. Ronin (1998). Former CIA officer Sam and four other veterans of special operations units receive the mission to attack a heavily armed convoy and steal a briefcase, the contents of which are not identified.

 

 

Sources: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes.

2013 Oscar nominations- Best Motion Picture

10 Jan

1. Amour. Anne and Georges are two retired music teachers with a daughter who lives abroad. One day, Anne has an attack and due to a surgery that doesn’t succeed, she is left partially paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. Her state further worsens, making it hard for Georges to take care of her.

 

2. Argo is an American film based on an account published in 2007 of the “Canadian Caper”, in which a CIA operative, led the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.

 

 

3. Beasts of the Southern Wild. In a forgotten but defiant bayou community cut off from the rest of the world by a sprawling levee, a six-year-old girl exists on the brink of orphanhood.(Source: trailers.apple.com).

 

 

4. Django Unchained. With the help of his mentor, a slave-turned-bounty hunter sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner.(source:Imdb)

 

 

5. Les Misérables. The film tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who becomes mayor of a town in France. Directed by Tom Hooper.

 

 

6. Life of Pi. The story of a young man who survives a shipwreck and forms an uncommon bond with a Bengal tiger.

 

 

7. Lincoln focuses on the struggle of the president Lincoln to have The Thirteenth Amendment, that outlaws slavery and involuntary servitude, passed by United States House of Representatives.

 

 

8. Silver Linings Playbook. After being released from a mental institution, Pat Solitano moves back in his parents house and tries to find a way to reconcile with his wife who moved away. At a dinner in his friend’s house he meets Tiffany Maxwell, who recently lost her husband and her job. Between them starts a crazy friendship.

 

 

9. Zero Dark Thirty chronicles American efforts to capture or kill Osama Bin Laden.

 

 

Sources: http://www.imdb.com/oscars/nominations/

http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/beastsofthesouthernwild/

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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10 american movies to be released in 2013

10 Jan

1. Sound City (February 2013) – a documentary directed by Dave Grohl, about the famous studio where Nirvana and many other famous bands and singers recorded their albums.

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2. A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (February). The comedy written, directed and produced by Roman Coppola, tells the story of a successful graphic designer who tries to recover from a breakup. It stars Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Patricia Arquette.

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3. Beautiful Creatures (February). Bored by the life in a small town, Ethan meets a mysterious girl named Lena who possesses strange powers and learns he is somehow connected with her.

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4. Safe Haven (February). Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, Safe Haven tells the story of a woman who moves in a small town where she tries to run from her dark past. She soon meets a widowed store owner who she falls in love with, and she is forced to confront her ghosts from the past.

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5. Stoker (March). After India’s father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him (Imdb). It stars: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman. Directed by: Park Chan-wook

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6. The Great Gatsby. Based on one of the most extraordinary novels ever written, the 2013 film version of The Great Gatsby gives Leonardo DiCaprio the hard task of portraying one of the greatest characters of literature, Jay Gatsby. If he will succeed, as Robert Redford did in 1974, we will find out in May.

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7. The Lone Ranger (July). A Native American spirit warrior, Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice. (Imdb)

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8. The Conjuring (July). Set in the 1970s, the movie is based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, two demonologists hired by a couple who is experiencing unexplainable things in their farmhouse.

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9. The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (August). Clary Fray witnesses a murder at a club, she finds out that her mother is attacked in their home and kidnapped by a man named Valentine in his search of the Mortal Cup. Helped by Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters she goes on a quest to rescue her mother and find out the truth about her past.

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10. Malavita (October). Based on the book by Tonino Benacquista, and directed by Luc Besson, Malavita tells the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family relocated in Normandy under the witness protection program. It stars Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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5 iconic Chanel

10 Jan

1. The Chanel Suit

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2. The Chanel Black Dress

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3. Chanel No. 5

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4. The Chanel Bag

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5. The movie: Coco before Chanel (2009)

10 great Al Pacino movies

9 Jan

1. The Godfather (1972). Based on a script written by Mario Puzo, the author of the eponymous book, and directed by one of the best directors of all times, Francis ford Coppola, the movie tells the story of the Corleones, a powerful New York crime family. With the participation of two exceptional actors, Marlon Brando and Al Pacino (who was rejected initially), The Godfather had a strong impact on the public at large and is now considered one of the greatest movies ever made.

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2. The Godfather part II (1974) continues the story of the Corleones, with Michael Corleone now in charge of the family business.

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3. The Godfather part III finds Don Michael Corleone wracked with guilt for his past decisions, and in the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings as he promised years before. Coppola, who initially wanted to name the movie The Death of Michael Corleone but was rejected by the studio, stated that The Godfather series is in fact two films, and Part III is the epilogue.

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4. The Panic in Needle Park (1971) portrays life among a group of heroin addicts who hang out in “Needle Park” and the love story between two of them, Bobby and Helen.

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5. Bobby Deerfield (1977). Deerfield, an American race car driver on the European circuit  is obsessing about a recent deadly accident his friend had. On his quest to find out why the accident happened, he meets and falls in love with a mysterious woman who is terminally ill.

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6. Serpico (1973) tells the story of a honest cop who tries to find his place in the NY police and to expose corruption in the force. The script was based on the biography of Frank Serpico, an NYPD officer, and covers twelve years (from 1960 to June 15, 1972) of his life.

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7. Dog Day Afternoon (1975). The film was inspired by P.F. Kluge’s article “The Boys in the Bank”, which tells the story of the robbery of a Brooklyn bank by John Wojtowicz and Salvatore Naturile on August 22, 1972.

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8. Scarface (1983). Directed by Brian de Palma and written by Oliver Stone, with Al Pacino as the main character, Scarface represents one of the masterpieces of the american cinematography. Dedicated to the director (Howard Hawks) and the screenwriter (Ben Hecht) of the original 1932 version, the film tells the story of a Cuban refugee who comes to Miami in 1980, and becomes a drug cartel kingpin during the cocaine boom of the 80s.

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9. The Devil’s Advocate (1997). Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves), a defense attorney in Florida, who has never lost a case, is approached by a representative of the New York law firm Milton, Chadwick & Waters, who offers him a large sum of money to help the firm with a jury selection. Satisfied by the outcome of the trial, Milton (Al Pacino) offers him a job at his firm, a big salary and a luxurious apartment. Although prevented by his mother that nothing good will come out of it, he is too greedy to refuse the offer and moves to Manhattan with his wife. Soon after, the problems begin to disturb their perfect lives.

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10. Chinese Coffee (2000) is one of the three movies directed by Al Pacino (so far). He plays the role of Harry Levine, an unsuccessful writer in his forties, who struggles to escape misery. The action takes place mostly in his friend’s Jake Manheim apartment (a photographer who missed his chance at being a writer) where they argue about money, relationships, their friendship and Harry’s book.

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