If there’s one thing that unites the 20 arrondisments of Paris, it’s cinema. To walk around the French capital is to take a trip through film old and new. Home of la nouvelle vague, it’s here, among the bridges, museums and buildings that directors such as Luis Buñuel and the great Truffaut have found their inspiration. invites you to enjoy the experience, taking you on a journey around the city’s iconic film locations.
– Film Tripping, Paris
In honor of the annual French Film Festival UK, Expedia UK partnered with a group of international travel writers – Nina Cangdon and Josie Sampson from the UK and Marta Lopez from Spain – to bring us this charming short-video Film Tripping. The team came up with the inspired idea to make a video that showcases beautifully the movie locations of our lovely city of Paris, France. They hired Paco Zamora to bring their project to life and the result is something quite special indeed.
The girls choose Paris becuase the French capital is the perfect setting to explore the history of cinema and its genre. We were luckily enough to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video and talk to Nina and Marta about to get a behind-the-scenes look at the filming process and their inspriation.
Check out their video and see how many film locations you can spot:
Much like our movie tours, the film offers its viewers to chance to discover Paris through the magic of cinema: a world where coincidence, ficiton and reality all coincide and truly.
Their aim was to inspire creativity and thus the film emphasises that dreams can come true in a Paris where anything is possible. Fitting with this theme, the story starts at the famous English-language bookstore Shakespeare & Co where a girl happens upon a second-hand magical book about movies in Paris and she is transported, through the pages of the book, into a dreamworld where she visits real-life famous film locations set across the city that come to life before her very eyes. The clip has the same charm and quirkness that made people fall in love with Audrey Tautou’s character Amélie.
Filmed in June 2014, the team made the entire movie in an intense two days of shooting, working with actors from France, Italy and South America.
They wanted to be sure to include a wide-array of films – from French cinema including scenes from ‘Les Amants du Pont Neuf’ and the beloved ‘Amélie’ to big Blockbuster hits such as The Bourne Identity, Midnight in Paris and Before Sunset. With so many films shot on location in Paris, the team narrowed it down to seven movie locations that featured both a great movie scene and an iconic location. The result is a short film that covers all kinds of genres – drama, action, romance and comedy.
To make it really clear which film is being shown, an object or scene synonymous with the storyline was included in the shot, such as the pictures from Amélie and the 1920s-style flapper girl from Midnight in Paris.
This video really captures the spirit of cinema and a llove of Paris. They’ve also included a great map so you can hunt out these locations on your own:
Their filming locations:
* Before Sunset at Shakespeare & Co
* Midnight in Paris at Isle de la Cité
* Les Amants du Pont Neuf (Lover’s On a Bridge) at none other than Pont Neuf
* Moulin Rouge …you guessed it… Moulin Rouge at Pigalle
* Paris Je T’Aime at the Trocodero
* Amélie in Canal-St-Martin
* The Bourne Identity – Passage Plantin, Belleville
Taking on Ewan McGreggor’s role as the poet in Moulin Rouge
Filming on the metro – not for the faint hearted! #behindthescenes
* Film Tripping’s Paris Tip:
After a long day’s filming, Nina and Marta chose to unwind at one of their favorite Paris spots:
Le Café des Livres in the Marais.
10 Rue Saint-Martin
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 72 18 13
The cozy café has a South-facing terrace and over 13,000 books that you can read over a cup of coffee: