One of my favorite parts of our trip was finding spots in Paris used in some of our favorite movies. Here are some of them:
“Amelie” - We watched this little gem of a foreign film right before we went to Paris. A lot of Paris is seen in the movie but most takes place in Montmartre. If you haven’t seen this movie, I highly suggest watching it.
“Ronin” - A fan of this movie for many years, Ronin has some great action scenes and some of the best car chases in cinema. The late John Frankenheimer, director of the film, lived in Montmartre and it’s where he starts and ends the film. The cast is awesome, too, with Robert De Niro and French movie star Jean Reno (The Professional).
“Moulin Rouge!” - I don’t know if it was filmed anywhere near Paris but we got to see the real thing. It was cool to see the red windmill but I thought it was going to be much bigger. Still love the Baz Luhrmann movie and still believed it got robbed of some Oscars.
“The Da Vinci Code” - Okay, I’m not a fan of the book or the movie, but seeing the Louvre in person was cool. The museum is massive. Tip for visitors if you want to enjoy the Mona Lisa by yourself: (1) Be one of the first in line when it opens. (2) Grab a map (in English) then go to the Denon wing and take the elevator (Ascenseur K) to the First Floor. You’ll end up right next the Mona Lisa and you’ll get to see it without the crowds that will show up later (see photo).
“Before Sunset” - One of my favorite indie films (it’s the sequel to Before Sunrise), the movie begins on the Left Bank of Paris in a famous bookstore called Shakespeare and Company (across from Notre Dame). When I was in the bookstore, I didn’t realize that it was the same location in the movie until I found the movie poster hidden behind some books. I was so excited! A great rental for all you romantics out there.
There are plenty of movies set in Paris (recently “The Bourne Identity”, “Something’s Gotta Give”, “Ratatouille”) but if you want to really get a feel for the city before you go, rent “Paris Je T’aime”. It’s a film comprised of 18 short stories each with a different director and each focusing on a particular section of Paris. Great movie for a great city.