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10 Woody Allen movies

14 Jan

1. Annie Hall (1977). Alvy Singer, a neurotic comedian finds his match in Annie Hall. After a clumsy beginning, the two of them end up on a date, in his bed and in the middle of a relationship that will have a big impact on their lives, especially on Alvy’s. Starring: Diane Keaton, Woody Allen.

 

 

2. Manhattan (1979). Isaac Davis, a twice-divorced New York writer falls in love with his best friend’s mistress, while he is dating a 17 year old girl. More than a story of obsessions and frustrations, of confusion and bad relationships, the film should be seen as Allen’s reverence to the city he loves.

 

 

3. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) begins and ends with a Thanksgiving dinner. Between them, a story of love, adultery, discontent, frustration and dysfunctional families. Starring: Mia Farrow, Michael Caine, Woody Allen, Barbara Hershey and Dianne Wiest.

 

 

4. Husbands and Wives (1992). Jack and Sally, during a dinner in Gabe and Judy’s apartment, announce their separation shocking Gabe and hurting Judy. The latter begin analyzing their marriage, discovering that they might not be meant to stay together either.

 

 

5. Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). Larry Lipton, a N.Y.C. book editor doubts his wife’s suspicions that their neighbor killed his wife. Bored and always looking for adventures, Carol embarks in a quest to find the truth and to prove the woman was killed by her husband. Eventually, Larry is convinced too and they both work together to catch him. Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton.

 

 

6. Everyone Says I Love You (1996) is a musical film starring: Julia Roberts, Alan Alda, Edward Norton, Drew Barrymore, Tim Roth, Goldie Hawn, Natalie Portman and Natasha Lyonne.

 

 

7. Match Point (2005). Chris Wilton, a Irish tennis player is engaged to be married to a wealthy woman, his friend’s sister Chloe Hewett. During a family gathering, he meets Nola his friend’s fiancée and they both feel attracted to each other. They soon start an affair that will ruin lives. Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Matthew Goode, Emily Mortimer.

 

 

8. Scoop (2006) is a comedy drama about a would-be reporter who scoops a big story about the wealthy and handsome son of a well-known aristocrat who is supposedly leading a double life. Starring: Woody Allen, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson.

 

 

9. You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010). Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) leaves his wife Helena (Gemma Jones) to pursue his lost youth and marry the call girl named Charmaine. Helena meets the charlatan fortune teller Cristal Delgiorno and starts following her advices.

 

 

10. Midnight in Paris (2011). Gil Pender, a successful Hollywood screenwriter, while on a vacation to his beloved city Paris, ends up traveling back in time where he meets the great literary and artistic figures of the 1920’s and gets advice on his novel from Gertrude Stein.

 

 

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 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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