Set in Paris

Since the release of the new Woodie Allen movie, Midnight in Paris, I’ve been thinking of the movies I’ve seen that were set there.

Eiffel Tower

Here’s my list:

  • The Day of the Jackal (Edward Fox) 1973
  • A View to a Kill (Roger Moore, Christopher Walken) 1985
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Michael Caine, Steve Martin) 1988
  • Frantic (Harrison Ford) 1988
  • Dangerous Liaisons (Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer, John Malcovich) 1988
  • Valmont (Colin Firth, Annette Benning) 1989
  • The Bourne Identity (Matt Damon) 2000
  • Chocolat (Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche) 2000
  • Amélie (Audrey Tautou) 2001
  • Le Divorce (Kate Hudson, Naomi Watts) 2003
  • The Truth About Charlie (Mark Wahlberg, Thandie Newton) 2003
  • Something’s Gotta Give (Jack Nicholson, Diane Keaton, Kneau Reeves) 2003
  • The Devil Wears Prada (Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway) 2006

Watching some of these movies – Valmont, Dangerous Liaisons, Chocolat and Something’s Gotta Give come to mind, really gives you a good feel for Paris. It’s also great to see a scene in a place you been to, like Roger Moore’s James Bond at the Eiffel Tower or at the Pont Alexandre.

I can’t wait to see how Midnight in Paris compares or what places I recognize.


6 comments on “Set in Paris

  1. I have a couple to contribute to your list. Forget Paris staring Billy Crystal and Debra Winger; Taken with Liam Neeson; The Da Vinci Code, Tom Hanks.; Gigi with Leslie Caron; Moulin Rouge, Nicole Kidman; Le Feeme Nikita; Anne Parillaud; Femme Fatale, Rebecca Romijn, Antonia Banderas; Green Card, Gérard Depardieu, Andie MaCdowall; Last Tango in Paris, Marlon Brando; The Transporter, Jason Statham; Just saw this on cable few months ago..The Man in the Iron Mask, Leo diCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Gabriel Byrne, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich

  2. OMG, Juds, thank you. I completely forgot about those!!!
    Of course, Last Tango in Paris is a classic. And The Transporter, how did I forget that? Green Card — totally forgot it too. Thanks for reminding me.
    I realize now that I also forgot Manon of the Spring, Jean de Florette, Camille Claudel, a Man and a Woman, Belle du Jour, the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the Last Metro and a few more.
    Thanks! I need to make another list.

  3. Ah, so romantic and majestic. I’m not surprised. Which one did you see?
    I realized I missed another one – A View to a Kill. It’s a Bond movie with Christopher Walken as the bad guy. There was a beautiful scene in the restaurant on the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower then with Bond chasing one of Walken’s people down the tower. It’s always lovely to see a place in a movie or on television that you’ve seen.
    There’s Netflix – very convenient. You can watch from your computer.

  4. Paris is a majestic and romantic city that evokes a welcoming feeling. Its no wonder that so many great movies are set here. Sadly I have only watched one movie on your list. But perhaps, I should make time for more.

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