CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD IN PARIS

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The French love classic Hollywood. That became obvious when I visited the Cinematheque Francaise ( the equivalent of the British or American Film Institute ) in Paris recently.
From October the 3rd to 22nd November,2014, the Cinematheque are running a PHIL KARLSON retrospective – and it’s thorough – 40 films including 99 River Street, Dark Alibi,Behind the Mask,The Big Cat,Tight Spot,Hell’s Island,Scandal Sheet,Wife Wanted,Bowery Bombshell.

Sadly my trip ended before I could catch any of the KARLSON titles.

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The Cinematheque museum includes a donation in 1961 from Alfred Hitchcock – the head of Madame Bates!
There’s also a headdress worn by Mae West ( in the shape of a snake) but I can’t recall the film it’s from.
In the museum bookshop, I couldn’t resist a North By Northwest flip book ( Flip the pages and you see Cary Grant running from the crop duster!). It’s available from Fliptomania.com.

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The best place in Paris for dvds is Gibert Joseph (26 Blvd.Saint-Michel). There are racks and racks of vintage Hollywood titles ,with an average price of £12. All the Warner Archive titles, and pre-codes too. There is nothing to compare in the U.K.

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Part of the dream sequence in An American in Paris featured a replica of 2 monumental fountains in the Place de la Concorde which I visited. Sadly, according to TCM, Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron only had two days of filming in Paris, and in the end, very little Paris footage was used.
Still. I could stand at the fountains and think of their dance.

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Another interesting building in Paris is the Grand Rex cinema which opened in 1932 and still has the largest single cinema auditorium in Europe – 2800 seats. It has a lovely Art Deco style tower.

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Of course I did all the usual tourist things and am proud of this picture I took of the EIFFEL Tower.
Paris is a beautiful city.

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5 responses »

  1. Glad to hear you had a good time and saw all those fascinating movie-related places. Of them all, though, that Cinema Rex tower is an absolute knockout. Just: wow. I’m surprised you didn’t make an attempt to smuggle it home.

  2. Thanks,Bob, but I don’t think that headdress you linked to is the same one.Sorry I don’t have a picture of the one in the museum.

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