Culture & Travel12 April 2021
Paris... And its streets, which are sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes full of love, but which are the scene of countless films that are absolutely magical like the city itself, regardless of the genre... We don’t know if it will persuade you to go to Paris when you watch the movie and see the streets where the film takes place, but we are sure that it will inspire an inner artist that perhaps even you don’t know about.
La Vie En Rose (Life in Pink)
The biographical musical, which is the life story of Edith Piaf, as one of the most beloved artists not only in France but also in the world, brought Marion Cotillard an Oscar and a Golden Globe in the Best Actress Category. While witnessing Edith Piaf’s journey to fame full of pain, born during the First World War, you may not remain indifferent to the accordion voice rising from the streets of Paris and the enchanting notes of “La Vie En Rose.”
Amelie, which is about the strange life of a strange girl who is a waitress in a cafe in Montmartre, was shown at number 2 on the list of the 100 best films of World Cinema by Empire Magazine. With a keen imagination, Amelie Poulain’s life changes when she finds a box hidden in her apartment. Ameliedecides to return this box belonging to a small child to its owner and tries to make the lives of the people around her more interesting by not only being content with it. Amelie’s story, which warms the heart, is also an extremely attractive choice for those who want to see the picturesque streets of Montmartre.
Le Ballon Rouge (The Red Balloon)
Le Ballon Rouge, a children’s classic in 1956, is an example of “pure cinema” that won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay in the years it was released. In the story that the director tells through the eyes of a boy named Pascal, where no dialogue takes place, we witness the naive friendship relationship between a child and his red balloon. While the narrow streets and gray color of Ménilmontant where the film was shot looks like a maze, the color of the balloon symbolizes hope for the audience.
The film series, known as the “Sunset trilogy,” observe the periods of the relationship between the couple Jesse and Celine. The couple, who met on a train and after spending an entire night wandering around Vienna, decides to meet again at the same point six months later, and they meet in Paris for the second time in the second film in the series, which isBefore Sunset. The film, which shows Jesse and Celine’s real-time dialogue in a very realistic and cinematographically impressive way, was shot in just 15 days and was highly appreciated by the audience.
Bande a Part (Band of Outsiders)
The 1964 Godard film, which tells the story of two teenagers who convince a young woman named Anna Karina to commit a robbery in their own home, features unforgettable scenes, including the race in the Louvre and the famous dance scene in Madison. Completely portable equipment was used in the movie, which uses a fragmented and interrupted story method with the New Wave style, which can be called documentary-like.
Paris, Je T’aime (Paris, I Love You)
18 regions in Paris were chosen as the venue for the film, which is an art project consisting of 18 separate short films and shot by 18 separate directors by creating their own staff and story. Even if the actors, writers, and stories are different, we also get the chance to get to know different parts of the city in these films whose common points are Paris. We do not know which neighborhood is your favorite, but this film, which manages to be both funny and dark at the same time, is sure to reinforce the love of Paris in everyone’s hearts. The cast includes many famous names such as Coen Brothers, Natalie Portman, Gerard Depardieu, and Elijah Wood.
Moulin Rouge (Red Mill)
A great love story that takes place in a magnificent red windmill. In the musical, which is skillfully designed in every field, from costume to set design, music to cinematography, the character Satin, played by Nicole Kidman, is a prostitute in the Moulin Rouge and one day falls in love with Ewan McGregor, a poor writer. The film, which wiped out almost all awards at the Academy, Australian Film Institute, BAFTA, and Golden Globe, is also considered to be the masterpiece of director Baz Lurhmann.
Midnight in Paris
Starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, and Marion Cotillard, this Woody Allen film offers a romantic take on the beauty of Paris and the concept of nostalgia. Midnight in Paris, where we meet literary heroes in the Paris of the Lost Generation, is quite inspiring for many.
For those who love fashion, Audrey Hepburn and the iconic images of Paris, it’s a film not to be missed. Funny Face, where we watch the fascinating musical story of Hepburn, who came to Paris to be a model, is one of the perfect examples of the Hollywood era that takes place in Paris. Fred Astaire is Hepburn’s co-star in the film as we walk along the Seine River and sing on the balcony of the Eiffel Tower.