New "Paris" film soon, and notes on the old films:
I'm fond of Paris and always looking for new films about the city.
Paris, je t'aime, a film to be released
one of these days...
This anthology unites twenty five-minute short-films, each
one shot in one of the twenty districts of Paris by an international director (already in the can: Agnès Varda's "The Flighty
Lion" and Sally Potter's "Yes", also in the works are segments by: Woody Allen, Jean-Luc Godard, Olivier Dahan,
Bernard Werber, Spain's Fernando Trueba, Brazil's Walter Salles, Canada's Vincenzo Natali, China's Jiang Wen, Mexico's Alejandro
Gonzales Inarritu, Iran's Abolfazl Jalili, South African film-maker Oliver Schmitz and Japan's Nobuhiro Suwa) but also some
actors (Fanny Ardant, Johnny Depp, Mathieu Demy).
Okay, trivia. Mathieu Demy is the son of Agnès Varda and the
late Jacques Demy (the fellow who is responsible for the film The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Les
Parapluies de Cherbourg) - Jacques Demy's film from 1964.
Agnès Varda lives and works here:
These twenty shorts about love encounters in Paris will then be
assembled via transitional sequences to form a united narrative in a long film, according to the French production company
Key "stars" at present: Laetitia Casta, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz,
Natalie Portman, Julie Depardue, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Annie Girardot, Michel Piccoli, Charlotte Rampling, Fiona Shaw, Patrick
Timsit, Simon Abkarian, Gael Garcia Bernal, Melchior Beslon
Okay, trivia. Laetitia Casta just ended her years as Marianne.
Evelyne Thomas, that talk show woman, took her place last month. If you don't know about the Marianne, the symbol of
the republic, business that's okay. Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve were Marianne too.
Paris, je t'aime
Film français (2002).
Date de sortie : Prochainement
Avec Jean Rochefort, Annie Girardot, Guillaume Canet, Charlotte Gainsbourg,
Edouard Baer Plus...
Réalisé par Bernardo Bertolucci, Seijun Suzuki, Johnny Depp, Alejandro González Inárritu, Bernard
Vingt réalisateurs écrivent et réalisent chacun un film de cinq
minutes illustrant le thème intemporel de la rencontre amoureuse aujourd'hui dans un arrondissement de Paris. Ces vingt histoires
parisiennes sont ainsi assemblées grâce à des transitions fictionnelles pour former une véritable unité narrative.
Elle court, elle court, la capitale
Tournages, 25 Mai 2001
Vingt réalisateurs filment Paris en vingt courts métrages.
For those who like the hot chocolate at Café
Angelina in Paris (226, rue de Rivoli), or like movies about Paris, consider this news from l'Agence France-Presse
PARIS, Nov 25 (AFP) - For people curious to find Amelie's
cafe or the little Paris bistro where Audrey Hepburn and Walter Matthau grabbed a bite to eat in "Charade", a new tourist
guide makes it all easy.
"Paris Vu au Cinema" (Paris, as seen at the movies) digs into the
French capital's rich history as the setting for many films to give readers step-by-step itineraries to finding the real-life
addresses glimpsed on the big screen.
Thus the book points the way to the charming Montmartre locales
inhabited by Amelie in the 2001 French movie of the same title - locales that have already drawn thousands of Americans, Japanese
and Germans struck by the impossibly magical Paris depicted.
Other harder finds can also be traced, including the Cochon
a l'Oreille restaurant graced by Hepburn in the 1963 film "Charade", or the museum that stood in for the presidential
palace in the French movie version of "Absolutely Fabulous".
Many of the 300 films referenced in the guide are titles only the
French know and love, but tracking them down can be rewarding, such as those tracing Sophie Marceau's footsteps in "La Boum
2" to Café Angelina - a gourmet's paradise specialising in a
divine hot chocolate.
There's also the restaurant l'Escargot Montorgueil that
served as the model for the studio decor for Shirley MacLaine's turn as a prostitute in "Irma la Douce", and the commercial
yacht used by director Tim Burton in his yet-to-be-released movie "The Big Fish".
The guide's writers, Francois de Saint-Exupery and Marie-Christine
Vincent, plan to follow up the book with a whole series about films set in other regions of France.
Buy the book here (site is in French) - it's 14,25 euros (93,47
PARIS VU AU CINEMA
de : Marie-Christine Vincent et François de Saint-Exupéry
Editeur : Movie Planet
Genre : Guide Touristique
de Parution : 15/11/2003
ISBN : 291524300X - EAN : 9782915243000