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movies about paris

nice article in the ny times today about movies made in paris. what are favorites of folks reading this and do you have any recommendations for a soon-to-be first-timer to the city of lights to watch before i make my trip?

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If you want a grittier look at Paris, try "The 400 Blows" or "La Femme Nikita".

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"Paris je t'aime" - 19 vignettes, all very different, set in a particular arrondisement.

"Before Sunset" is interesting if you have seen "Before Sunrise" but it doesn't really show a lot of Paris.

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"eat, pray, love"? did they change that from the book, which took place in italy, india and bali?

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Gigi.

I think PARIS Hilton wants to watch it, but it's, like, too complicated, you know.

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"Ronin" has some action shots in Paris and Arles; "Bourne Identity" has some action shots in Paris. Woody Allen's "Everybody thinks I love you" has a great dance scene next to the Seine. Don't forget the end of "Something's got to give" with Diane Keaton & Jack Nicholson. "Taken" has a lot of Paris to be seen in it.

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"Irma Le Douce", with Shirley McLaine and Jack Lemmon, has always been one of my favorites.

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Under the "grittier" category one of my favorite movies is the 1995 cult film: La Haine (The Hate). It follows a day in the life of three friends in a housing project outside Paris (one jew, one muslim, one black) after a night of rioting over a police shooting. The film has scenes in both the housing project and central Paris. To this day it's still one of the highest grossing french language films in the US and launched the careers of actors Vincent Cassel, Hubert Koundé, and Saïd Taghmaoui; who are now very successful in US movies/TV:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVaX3RyIl6Y

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113247/

netflix

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How can anyone not yet have mentioned "Amélie"???

"French Kiss" has a funny gag going with Meg Ryan always missing out on glimpses of the Eiffel Tower.

I also liked "Mrs 'Arris Goes to Paris".

Claude Lelouch's "Les Uns et les Autres" (Eng: "Bolero") has a fantastic ballet number on top of the Eiffel Tower at the end!!

Oh, and I second "Paris, je t'aime".

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A couple more --- "The Last Time I saw Paris," "Is Paris Burning?"

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Two more films that I enjoyed -- "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" and "Until September".

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and the best line in a movie ever is..."we'll always have paris."

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I love THE RED BALOON....1950's Paris, but the neighborhood still exists

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"The Bourne Identity", although it's mostly car chases through Paris streets

"Avenue Montaigne"

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"Amélie" is a great film. It is shot in the Montmarte area.

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Amélie, Paris, je t'aime, Marie Antoinette, and Micmacs (also directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet from Amélie).

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"Forget Paris" starred Billy Crystal and Debra Winger.

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"La Moustache"; "Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du Coran"; & finally "Paris, je t'aime" is the 1st movie you should watch- great cast, great stories & filmed all over Paris.

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Paris Je t'aime is a great film. avenue montainge is very good as well

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I agree about "French Kiss" [INVALID] you will have to get past a great deal of 90s rom-com cheesiness, but I love it :)

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And then there's "Ratatouille". It's a cartoon but it's an engaging story and has great scenes of Paris.

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As does Disney's oldie but goodie-Aristocats.

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"Le Divorce" has a lot of great Paris scenes. Enjoy your trip!

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"A Little Romance" featuring a very young Diane Lane & Laurence Olivier - half the movie is set in Paris (and a scene in Versailles), the rest is Italy. And don't forget to watch your travel videos - Rick Steves episodes are free on Hulu.com and you can rent Globe Trekker's Paris video with host Justine Shapiro for $3.99 on YouTube.com

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Funny Face has a lot fun sequences showing Paris

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Amelie for monmartre, 2 days in paris, PARIS which came out last night- it's cute. I watch a lot of french film and those are great for general shots of the city and some french life.

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I believe parts of this movie were shot in Paris or gave the viewer the historical impression of Paris or Versailles...."La Nuit de Varennes"