Paris: 10 Great Films set in the City

To follow from my Rome-location film list which I made last April, here is the list of 10 films that showcase the delightful City of Light – Paris, a permanent place for romance, charm, elegance and sophistication. As usual, this is a subjective, in no particular order, slightly “off the beaten path” films list.   

I. Amelie (2001)  Amelie Poster

This romantic comedy, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (“Delicatessen” (1991)) and starring Audrey Tautou and Mathieu Kassovitz, could be described as the very definition of whimsical Paris. The film is set around Montmartre, a place that once nurtured great writers and painters, and is about a shy waitress, Amélie Poulain, who is seemingly on the mission to better the lives of those around her. Set in Montmartre, naturally, the film features the Basilica du Sacre-Coeur, and Café des Deux Moulins (15 rue Lepic) where Amélie works. However, the film also displays such sights as the distinctive staircase leading to the Métro Lamarck-Caulaincourt as well as the Pont des Arts.

II. Breathless (1961)Breathless Poster

A “New Wave” film-critic-turned-director Jean-Luc Godard produced in 1960 his directional debut “À Bout de Souffle” or “Breathless“, starring Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg as Michel Poiccard and Patricia Franchini respectively, and what a debut it turned out to be! Breaking from previous confined film traditions, “Breathless” is a thriller and a love story in one package, showcasing such famous landmarks of Paris as Avenue des Champs-Élysées, l’Arc de Triomphe,  and the Notre-Dame de Paris, while action also takes place around Avenues Mac-Mahon and George V (George V Métro station) and the Boulevard Saint-Germain. The final tense scenes take place not far from the Boulevard du Montparnasse – Rue Campagne Première. 

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The Academy Awards 2012

Best Picture – The Artist

Well done, The Artist. A deserved win, no doubt. But, can it get any more predictable? Hardly. The Artist has been everyone’s favourite for a long time, and I am sure less than 0.006% expected the crew of ‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’ to stand up and collect the Award.

Actor in a Leading Role – Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

This was a close call as everyone has predicted. Jean Dujardin sweeps the Oscar, leaving George Clooney hoping that he would have another chance in his lifetime to play someone who is as much troubled as his hero in ‘The Descendants’ for a chance to win.

Actress in a Leading Role – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Given that the British television was proclaiming with utmost certainty that Streep was going to be a winner (how they knew that?), few surprises here, at least for the British audience. Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astounding seventeen times, and this is her third win. Taking into account Streep’s “very humble” winning speech, however, I think most people have already forgiven her.

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