Top 10 movies shot in France
Are you a cinephilia? Do you want to go over the circumstances through the filming locations? Or do you just need some ideas of places to go on weekends? In this article you will find a collection of selected films shot in the capital accompanied by some of their filming locations.
Released in 2010, Inception won 4 Oscars and is one of the highest-grossing movies. The American film tells the story of Dom Cobb, a successful extractor and architect of dreams. As a thief recognized and sought around the world, he will accept a mission that changes the rest of his life.
Christopher Nolan's film Inception has been shot around the world, in Japan, Canada, Australia, and Morocco ... In August 2009, some scenes of the film were shot in Paris. The Bir-Hakeim bridge became a scene of the film, and the Italian caterer Da Stuzzi turned into a Debussy café. Other streets of Paris also appear in the film the fountain of Puit de Grenelle and the Galliera museum.
- INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
Inglourious Basterds, released in 2009, is the story of a young Jewish woman who witnessed the execution of her family by the Nazis. She manages to escape and takes refuge under a false identity in Paris where she becomes a manager of a cinema.
In December 2008, scenes from Tarantino's film were shot in the 18th district of Paris at the corner of Championnet Street and Poteau Street, in the La Renaissance bar. During the two days of filming, the inhabitants of this district were able to meet people in German officer's suits, a panoply of old car and the decoration of occupied France.
- JAMES BOND : A VIEW TO A KILL
Released in September 1985, James Bond carries out a task and investigates a case of chip theft to save millions of innocent people.
Some scenes were shot in France, especially in Paris. There is a scene of the race between James Bond (Roger Moore) and May Day (Grace Jones), where the latter jump with a parachute from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Surprisingly, the actress did the stunts herself without stand-in.
- OCEAN'S TWELVE
This American film directed by Steven Soderbergh was released in 2004. It follows Ocean's Eleven and precedes Ocean's Thirteen. In this opus, the gang of Danny Ocean is reunited, they must restore the magot they stole from the casino three years ago. Several unforeseen events will come to make the task much more complicated than expected.
First of all, shots without actors were realized at the Sorbonne University, then a short scene took place in the North station. The rest of the filming in Paris took place inside a TGV. Georges Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Don Cheadle were present.
- LE FABULEUX DESTIN D'AMELIE POULAIN
French film released in 2001 by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amelie Poulain is played by the famous actress Audrey Tautou. In 2002, the film won four césars, including best director and best film.
The story happens in Paris, so we could trace almost entirely the steps of the heroine. The Café des Deux Moulins is the bar where Amélie Poulain works. It is located in Montmartre towards the Moulin Rouge. The canal Saint-Martin, under the bridge, is the place where Amélie Poulain likes to bounce. You will find, many other places through Paris, like Rue Mouffetard with its bar Le Verre à Pied and the swimming Piscine des Amiraux.
- MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
Released in May 2011, Midnight in Paris directed by Woody Allen opened the 2011 Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2012 Oscars. The film traces the story of Gil, a Hollywood screenwriter who is nostalgic for old Paris and spends vacation with his future wife in Paris.
There is a long list of filming locations. Among them the most emblematic are the Saint-Etienne du Mont church located in the 5th arrondissement, the secondhand bookstores at the edge of the Seine, the flea markets of Saint-Ouen, the Rodin museum in the 7th arrondissement, the Orangerie museum and the Alexander III bridge.
- RUSH HOUR 3
This is the third installment of the Rush Hour series, released in 2007 and directing by Brett Ratner. This time, the Chinese ambassador is about to reveal the identity of the master of the most powerful criminal syndicate, the Chinese Triads. Lee is responsible for protecting him.
Several scenes were shot through the capital, including Avenue Montaigne, the Trocadero Gardens, the Alexandre III bridge, the Champs Elysees ... The list is really long. They shot for three daysdays and even privatized a whole evening at the Eiffel Tower for filming purposes.
- DA VINCI CODE
Directed by Ron Howard, the film is adapted from Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. It was released on May 17, 2006 in France and opened the Cannes festival on the same day. The film tells the adventure of Professor Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) and the cryptologist Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou). They will investigate the murder of the curator of the Louvre museum who left behind mysterious symbols.
The film was shot in several places of Paris.Ministry of Culture with Jacques Chirac granted the permission to film inside the Louvre museum at night. They shot for almost fifteen days inside the famous museum. You can also admire the Louvre pyramids in the last scene of the film. Filming was also held in front of the Ritz Hotel, Place Vendôme. Without the necessary authorizations, the team of Ron Howard will not be able to install his cameras in the church of Saint-Suplice. As for the scene at the Embassy of the United States, the place was restored in the 9th arrondissement, Place Saint-Georges.
Taken is a French thriller released in 2008 by director Pierre Morel. The retired CIA agent Bryan Mills knows by phone that his daughter has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris, by two Albanian mafios specialized in procuring. He will have 96 hours to save his daughter successfully.
There is a large diversity of shooting locations in this film. You will find not only the Pont des Arts where Liam Neeson jumps to land on a riverboat, but also the banks of the Seine where a car chase happened. Thus, several streets of Paris are filmed such as the Rue de l'Arbre Sec, the Rue des Prêtres Saint-Germain and the Green Galant Square on the Ile de la Cité.
This American animated film of Pixar Studios, released in 2007, was directed by Brad Bird. The film was immediately successful and even received the Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best Animated Feature. This is the story of a rat who is not like any others and interested in cooking. This passion will lead him to settle down in the kitchens of Chez Gusto: a great Parisian restaurant.
The Pixar studios have put in synthetic images the quays of the Seine and the bridges of Paris. We can also find the Parisian roofs and the famous Eiffel Tower in this film. As for the restaurant Chez Gusto, its facade is inspired by a large French restaurant, La Tour d'Argent which offers a beautiful panoramic view of Paris.