Where Paris Blues was Shot
This is the movie that got away: the only major Hollywood movie with a Parisian theme that I failed to include in the book. At the time, it was not available on DVD, not even in the US, so I had no choice but to give it a bye.
Later, I caught the final two minutes a couple of times by chance on TCM, and although it was too late to cover the film for the book, I looked frantically each time for the next repeat in the channel’s schedules – everything on TCM is repeated – only to find that it would be screened next on a Thursday morning three weeks hence at 3 o’clock in the morning.
Finally, I found the film, again by chance – on YouTube. I did not even know they were showing films on YouTube, but it seems it is a real paradise for lovers of old movies. (Check it out if you don’t believe me.)
Paris Blues is certainly an old movie (it was made in 1961) and, quite frankly, best enjoyed as a period piece.
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The Sacre Coeur
Contrary to what many visitors believe, the Sacre Coeur is not very old. It was built after the 19th century French Cold Civil War. There are buildings in the United States that are far older than this Parisian landmark.
It is perched on a hill in Montmartre not unlike a garrison keeping an eye on all below it.
Its highest point is higher than the highest point of the Eiffel Tower.
Thus has it imposed itself as a symbol of Paris as much as La Dame de Fer and the Arc de Triomphe, always used for an establishing shot by every movie producer as the shortest way to tell viewers where the story is unfolding.
Venice 1610: Galileo finished refining a telescope he built to be able to observe the night sky. In the same year, he published his book The Starry Messenger where he shared his thoughts on what he had observed.
Rome 2011: With 500 lit candles, French artists Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, created “I Will Keep a Light Burning” to celebrate the 400th year anniversary of Galileo’s achievement. The candles were arranged to recreate the starry sky that Galileo observed through the telescope he painstakingly put together on the night of 14 April 1611.
This same work was reproduced for the Paris Nuit Blanche 2011 on October 1 at Square Louise Michel in Montmartre.
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Rue Cortot in Montmartre could be briefly seen in “Everyone Says I Love You”, the first film Woody Allen shot in Paris. An establishing shot was made implying his character’s second flat was located here. The interior shots, however, were taken in another apartment, higher up the hill.
If you love Paris, you should see this movie. From Midnight in Paris’ opening medley of postcard views to its romantic finale on the Pont Alexandre III, there is much to admire about the scenery, and you will be walking out of the cinema saying to yourself: Yes, Paris really is a very beautiful city.
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