Musicals, mysteries, and a whole lot of Audrey Hepburn.
Paris has inspired every type of artist over the years, from Impressionist painters to literary giants. But the city perhaps shines the brightest on the big screen, serving as the backdrop to countless movies over the past century. Even before French directors like Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut launched a cinematic movement in the 1960s, Hollywood showcased the beauty of Paris in breezy musicals and romances. And since then, we’ve seen the city shine in animated films, white-knuckle thrillers, gritty biopics, and more. Regardless of the genre, one thing’s for sure: The City of Light sure knows how to steal a scene. From Amélie to Ratatouille, here are 35 movies that will transport you to Paris—no plane ticket required
When I think of Paris on film, I think of scenes from Amélie. The quirky 2001 romantic comedy follows the titular character, played by Audrey Tautou, as she flits around her hometown of Paris, observing strangers around her. Though she’s struggling with her own loneliness, she becomes fixated on improving the lives of others, often from afar and with no recognition. The feel-good film was supposedly filmed in over 80 locations throughout the city, so it alone is a whimsical trip through the City of Light. —Megan Spurrell, associate editor
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The genius of Jean-Luc Godard’s hard-boiled dystopian sci-fi flick from 1965 is that it uses the Paris of its day to create a world that feels utterly unlike the place we think of as Paris, then and now. Shooting at night, Godard used the glassy Modernist high-rises of La Défense and other then-new developments on the outskirts of the city to depict the cold, computer-run autocracy of Alphaville, a Brave New World sort of place into which a Humphrey Bogart-ish American detective (played by Eddie Constantine) must go to seek the people’s freedom. The marriage between noir and science fiction that Godard achieved here is one that numerous other filmmakers would seek to replicate, with Ridley Scott in Blade Runner being perhaps the greatest example. —Jesse Ashlock, U.S. editor
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In 2015, they had created a buzz by posting videos of recovery worldwide hits, and had been seen by some Lady Gaga …
Since this buzz, Lucille and Samuel Atchouel, now from Toulouse but from the Hautes-Pyrénées, now aged 22 and 20, have come a long way … “In 2015, we had an important meeting, Richard Seff, who was the producer of Francis Cabrel and many others. He was seduced by one of the small clips that we made and, although he moved on, he wanted to get back to produce us, provided that we start thoroughly. That’s what we did, we worked every day, on music, texts, models … We finalized 5 titles, Richard Seff made them pass to Valery Zeitoun, the former boss of Universal Music who has set up his own label, My Way Management. And he offered us a contract, he is our producer, and we are now distributed by Sony Music. “
Their first single is available recently, on all platforms. “The title is called” Old Hollywood “and it pays tribute to American cinema in the 50s and 60s. “In fact, we find in the clip (directed by Fabrice Begotti, a size in the genre) full of references to cult movies, as 7 years of reflection with Marilyn, or Roman Holidays with Audrey Hepburn …” We like this universe, “say the artists, who sing tart melodies, in tune with the times, with just the right amount of glamor.
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Selected from 18,000 aspiring actresses at age 17, Ms. Seberg made her acting debut in Otto Preminger’s 1957 “Saint Joan.” She starred in the Hollywood films “Lilith,” “Paint Your Wagon” and the blockbuster “Airport,” among others. She is best known for director Jean-Luc Godard’s groundbreaking French New Wave film “Breathless.”The actress and her legacy will be honored today in a proclamation signed by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad at the State Capitol. Ms. Seberg’s family will be in attendance, as will the documentary filmmakers.
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The “Sanctuary!” scene from the classic 1939 version of Victor Hugo’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame,” starring Charles Laughton as Quasimodo and Maureen O’Hara as Esmeralda.
“Hunchback” was the only movie screened at the very first Cannes Film Festival, as the remainder of the festival was cancelled when Adolf Hitler invaded Poland on September 1st, 1939. The bell-ringing scene was Laughton’s response to impending war. The actor later said he rang the bells actually wanting “to arouse the (real) world, to stop that terrible butchery!”
“It is absurd to speak of Laughton’s Quasimodo as a great performance, as if that were some quantifiable assessment. It is acting at its greatest; it is Laughton at his greatest; it is a cornerstone of this century’s dramatic achievement; it is a yardstick for all acting.”
– SIMON CALLOW, NY Times 1988