Movies and novels about Paris or that take place in Paris are uncountable… Below is only a selection of them !
Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre JEUNET, 2001). The story of the young Amélie, who decides to transform into everyone else’s guardian angel to spread happiness around her, in the neighborhood of Montmartre. An idealized vision of Paris and of Montmartre with its village atmosphere, almost bucolic, naive, but not very realistic. A nice fairy-tale…
Da Vinci Code (Ron Howard, 2006). Needless to present the story of Professor Robert Langdon and police officer Sophie Neveu, running against the clock to decipher the symbols and unveil the mystery surrounding the first ages of christianism… For the fans of the book, an itinerary allows you to follow the steps of the heroes in Paris.
A Bout de Souffle (Jean-Luc GODARD, 1960). The movie is emblematic of the French New Wave, a movement in the 60’s that wished to represent the evolution of society in this time : emancipation of women, students revolts, beginning of a new flourishing economic era… A Bout de Souffle tells the story of Michel and Patricia, the young gangster and the foreign student, in the Paris of 1960. A good representation of the wind of freedom blowing on the French youth at that time.
La Grande Vadrouille (Gérard Oury, 1966). The hilarious adventure during World War II of a conductor from the Paris Opera and a house painter who are forced to help British aviators escape from Paris. Only the first part of the movie takes place in Paris, but the whole movie is worth watching. 1st at the hit-parade the year it was released, it is considered nowadays as a classic and is still programmed at least once a year on the national television.
SUBWAY (Luc Besson, 1985).
NIKITA (Luc Besson, 1990).
LA TOTALE (Claude Zidi, 1991).
UN INDIEN DANS LA VILLE (Hervé Palud, 1994).
LES POUPEES RUSSES (Cédric Klapisch, 2005)
NE LE DIS A PERSONNE (Guillaume Canet, 2006)
Paris, Je T’Aime (various film directors, 2006). 18 shorts movies, one per arrondissement (2 arrondissements are not represented). With film directors as brilliant as Wes Craven, the Coen brothers, Alfonso Cuaron, Gus Van Sant or Olivier Assayas, the stories are all different, but all have in common to express a real love for the City of Lights.
Paris Brûle-t-il ? (René Clément, 1966). The French-American movie tells the acts of the French Résistance and the Allies that led to the liberation of Paris in August 1944. An impressive casting for a moving story of courage.
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS (Vincente Minnelli, 1951)
LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (Billy Wilder, 1957)
MOULIN ROUGE (John Huston, 1952)
LAST TANGO IN PARIS (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
A VIEW TO A KILL, James Bond (John Glen, 1985)
EVERYONE ONE SAYS I LOVE YOU (Woody Allen, 1996)
MOULIN ROUGE (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
MARIE ANTOINETTE (Sofia Coppola, 2006)
BEFORE SUNSET (Richard Linklater, 2004)
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS (Woody Allen, 2011)
A WEEKEND IN PARIS (Roger Michell, 2014)
THE ARISTOCATS (Walt Disney Studio, 1971)
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (Walt Disney Studio, 1996)
Notre Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo, 1831.
Les Misérables, Victor Hugo.
Au Bonheur des Dames (The Ladies’ Delight), Emile Zola, 1883.
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway, 1964.
Le Paysan de Paris (Paris Peasant), Louis Aragon, 1926
A Year in the Merde, Stephen Clarke, 2005.
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown,
The Perfume : The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Süskind
Le Comte de Monte-Christo (The Count of Monte-Christo), Alexandre Dumas
The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux.
Les Mystères de Paris (The Mysteries of Paris), Eugène Sue.
Le Père Goriot, Honoré de Balzac.
Paris Brûle-t-il ? (Is Paris Burning ?), Daminique Lapierre and Larry Collins.
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.
Zazie dans le Métro (Zazie in the Metro), Raymond Queneau.