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The Vibrant Beauty Of Paris Captured On Film

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Updated: 20 October 2017
From Nouvelle Vague to popular comedies and swooning romances to fast-paced action films, the French capital has always played a prominent role in scores of films that span the length of cinematic history. Here are some of the most stunning films that showcase Paris and its vibrant beauty and history.

Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)

Amélie (2001) is the French romantic comedy that made a whole new audience of people fall in love with Paris. In one scene in particular, Amélie leads Nino on a treasure hunt to retrieve his book of photos and makes him climb up all the 222 stairs to the top of Sacré-Coeur and race all the way back down. Set in the picturesque neighbourhood of Montmartre, the view is simply stunning from this spot.

Bande à Part, Jean-Luc Godard (1964)

Jean-Luc Godard, the pioneer of the French New Wave, films actors Anna Karina, Sami Frey, and Claude Brasseur as their characters attempt to beat the world record for running through the Paris Louvre galleries after reading that an American tourist did so in nine minutes and 45 seconds. The Louvre’s stunningly immense artworks span entire walls and can still be seen by those who visit this famous museum today.

A View To A Kill (1985)

James Bond (Roger Moore) driving a Renault 11 taxi through Paris is a memorable cinema scene. The epic car chase sows unruly chaos throughout Paris as it speeds off from the Eiffel Tower, knocks over the quaint artist stalls, hurtles down the stone steps, and sleeks beside the Seine River. However, this famous scene also gives a glimpse into the vibrant beauty of 1980s Paris, especially the buses.

Paris, je t’aime (2006)

With a title that translates as ‘Paris, I love you’, never has a film about Paris sounded more enticing. Often described as an ‘anthology film’, it explores a range of stories and features a cast of actors of various nationalities. Made of 18 short films set in different areas of Paris, the film is two hours long. In the scene below, set in the 5th District, a young man hangs out by the iconic banks of the River Seine with two annoying friends who taunt all the girls who walk by before striking up a heartwarming friendship with a young Muslim woman.