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Paris the City of Love
First of all, it is important that we agree on the sheer absurdity of the notion. Love is not something to which any city could or should stake an exclusive claim. There can be a “city of love” as much as there can be a “city of indigestion” or a “city of nosebleed” (although I could list a few candidates, particularly for the latter). Love may or may not be all you need, but it is literally all around – or in the air, depending on your choice of song.
Still: if you type “Paris city of love” into the Google search bar, you get 32 million hits. That’s quite a number.
Browsing through these 32 million hits, however, is a less than fully enlightening experience. They appear to boil down to the theory that beautiful buildings, somehow, enhance romantic appetites. That is an interesting proposition and raises the question of how the citizens of Oakland muster the energy to procreate at all.
On the other hand, I will now forever forego any attempt to ply reluctant female acquaintances of mine with alcohol and just take them to the nearest medieval church . . . → Read More About Hollywood’s Love Affair with Paris: Is Paris The City Of Love?
At some point in the last 70 or 80 years, Hollywood fell in love with Paris. “Why Paris?” a bemused outsider might wonder. Why not the equally lovely Venice or Rome? Why not London: haven’t these two so much more in common?
But love falls where it falls and Paris it was – and has been ever since. From The Merry Widow to Julie & Julia no foreign location has attracted more attention from American moviemakers over the years than Paris.
And just like every love story that stretches over such a long period of time, this one, too, has had its ups and downs. They may now be an old couple, perhaps overly familiar with each other, but once they were sweet – and before that, they were complete strangers. Let’s have a look at the way things were when it all started, in the years before, during and shortly after WW II.
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