Amélie, An American in Paris, The Red balloon…From blockbuster hits to lesser known creations, Paris is a popular setting for film-makers. More than 900 film shoots are organized in Paris each year involving 5,000 different locations. Thanks to the City of Paris, you can visit the settings of some of your favorite films for free! On the Paris.fr website you’ll find “Paris Film Trails,” a series of downloadable pocket guides. Here are a few of the 17 films and locations included in the “Film Trails” guides:
Midnight in Paris: This Woody Allen film tells the story of Gil Pender, an unfulfilled screenwriter. Gil discovers a cast of iconic historic Parisian figures from art and literature during late night walks in the city. Discover the Alexandre III bridge, where two characters discuss their love for Paris during a romantic moment in the film.
Ratatouille: Follow the adventures of Remy, a rat who dreams of becoming a great French chef. Remy’s father warns him of the dangers of humans. He shows him the chilling display window of Aurouze, a rat extermination shop. Open since 1872, this shop is a curious site to find in one of Paris’ most popular shopping districts.
La Môme (released as La Vie in Rose for international audiences): Learn about the life of great film singer Edith Piaf in this biopic film starring Marion Cotillard. Piaf began her singing career on the streets of Montmartre and was laid to rest in the Père Lachaise cemetery, both sites featured in the “Film Trails” guide.
The Devil Wears Prada: After months of enduring her tyrannical boss in their New York office, Anne Hathaway’s character Andy Sachs finally has the chance to go to Paris for Fashion Week. Once the shows are over, Andy has a revelation about what she really wants in life at the Place de la Concorde.
Paris, Je t’aime: This collection of 18 vignettes on the city of Paris includes several famous and lesser known parts of the capital. Learn about the parts of the city away from the famous and tourist heavy hot spots, such as the Place des Fêtes and the Porte de Choisy.