‘Paris seen by Hollywood’ Exposition Sept.18 – Dec.15 2012

Paris vu par Hollywood (‘Paris seen by Hollywood’) is an exposition wich focuses on how American cinema has represented the French capital for over one century. Admission is free…

The exposition poster, with Audrey Hepburn in Charade (Stanley Donen, 1963) :

The exposition brings together nearly 400 documents, from French and American archives, such as the French Cinematheque, the Oscars Library (Margareth Herrick Library), Warner Archive and private collections. Including many film excerpts, photographs, set models, costumes and posters, the exposition is divided into four sections: the historic Paris of silent film, the sophisticated Paris of romantic comedies, the apogee of Cancan with its crazy and expensive films, and the period when Hollywood shot films in Paris.

In the 1950s, American directors finally began shooting films in Paris, which became a playground for many of them (Blake Edwards, Stanley Donen, Alfred Hitchcock…). During the 1980s, Paris became the place for big budget action and detective films. The expo includes: sets from John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge” and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”, dresses designed for Audrey Hepburn by Hubert de Givenchy, monumental statues created by the designer Dante Ferreti for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”. About twenty screens will display nearly 70 film excerpts, from Thomas Edison’s first films to Woody Allen’s films, as well as reports on the shoots of Stanley Donen’s “Funny Face, Alfred Hitchcock’s films, etc.

An American in Paris, with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron (Vincente Minnelli, 1951) :

Audrey Hepburn and William Holden in Paris When it sizzles (Richard Quine, 1964):

Audrey Hepburn & William Holden – Paris, When it sizzles (on set)

Le Moulin-Rouge (a tourist trap…) :

Ratatouille (Disney/Pixar, 2007) makes me think of Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, who is sent to Paris to attend “the best cooking school in the world”…

The AristoCats (Walt Disney, 1970) :

Paris seen by Hollywood
Paris City Hall / Hôtel de Ville de Paris – Salle Saint-Jean
3 rue de Lobau 75004 Paris
From 18 September to 15 December 2012
Open every day, except Sundays and holidays, from 10:00am until 7:00pm
Free entry
Metro stop: Hôtel de Ville or Châtelet

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