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Paris is one of the most cinematic cities in the world. Its bridges, squares and monuments have inspired countless films, scenes that will last in the memory of the cinema and that discover a magical and beautiful city, but also cold and complex. We invite you to a fascinating tour of the most emblematic films of the city of light and we tell you where to find the places where their most memorable scenes were shot. Do you dare to discover Paris through cinema?

Last tango in Paris (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)

The mythical film by Bernardo Bertolucci, winner of two Oscars, illustrates how few the myth of eroticism and sensuality. Become a cult movie, The drama takes place almost entirely in the area adjacent to Bir Hakeim Bridge, right next to the Eiffel Tower. Victorio Storaro's excellent photograph transports us to a wintry Paris of the seventies, and about hyper realistic scenarios that today remain virtually intact. Here you have them:

Initial scene, on the Pont de Bir Hakeim, a ravaged Paul (Marlon Brandon) runs across the bridge. At that moment Jeanne a very young aspiring actress (M.Scheneider) advances him. Their eyes meet. Moments later both coincide in an apartment that the two are interested in renting. The attraction is irresistible. When leaving the building both establish the pact to see each other again, but with one condition, they will never mention their names. "You don't have a name and I don't have a name either. There are no names. We don't have a name here."

"We have no name here" © D.R

In this way they begin their furtive encounters marked by a strong sexual and verbal violence. The apartment where the story takes place in the film appears in the number 1 of Rue Jules Vernes, but in reality it is a property of the Rue de L'Alboni just at the end of the bridge in Passy. The iron gate can be seen just above the stairs of the northern part of the bridge.

The Pont de Bir Hakeim © Corbis

At the bottom of the stairs, the bar from which Jeanne makes a phone call right at the beginning of the tape is recognizable. Is the Kennedy Eiffel Bar on President Kennedy Avenue which still retains the bustling atmosphere of authentic Parisian coffees.

Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2011)

Woody Allen's film is a true tribute to Paris, perhaps one of the best that the cinema has dedicated to the French capital. "This is amazing! There is no city like this in the world, there never was." An ecstatic Gil (Owen Wilson) says at the beginning of the film and then gives us incredible images of the city, including some taken from other films such as the Bir Hakeim Bridge of "Last Tango in Paris." It is unfortunately almost impossible to rename all the scenarios of this delirious succession of adventures and reflections that is “Midnight in Paris”, so, never better because of script requirements, we have selected our favorites.

The wine tasting on the impressive terrace is none other than La Belle Étoile, at the Hotel Le Meurice, 228 rue de Rivoli, in front of Las Tullerías. Illustrious guests of this luxurious hotel have been the composer Tchaikovsky, as well as two artists that appear in the film: Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. A subtle nod from the director, perhaps?

The terrace of the Hotel Le Meurice © D.R

All or almost all of us have wondered what was the enigmatic place where the magic of midnight in Paris began to operate, transporting the protagonist on a journey through time and fantasy. The magic stairs are none other than those of the church of Saint Etienne du Mont, rue de la Montagne Geneviève (subway: Cardinal Lemoine) where the mysterious Peugeot Landaulet 1920 appears every night.

Appointment with the past in the Latin Quarter © Corbis

At Le Polidor Restaurant (41 rue Monsieur le Prince, metro: Odéon), the protagonist meets Hemingway and asks him to "take a look at his novel." This bar was certainly frequented by this and other writers such as Paul Verlaine, André Gide, or James Joyce. The place is preserved almost as it appears in the film.

Returning to La Belle Époque, Gil along with the beautiful Adriana (Marion Cotillard) travel through time until the end of the 19th century to meet again in Maxim's (3, rue Royale) and the Moulin Rouge (82 boulevard de Clichy, metro: Blanche) with figures such as Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin or Degas.

In the Moulin Rouge with Toulouse Lautrec, Gauguin or Degas. © Corbis

In the final scene, Gil meets Gabrielle, the girl he meets in the bookstore and they do it in one of the most beautiful bridges over the Seine, that of Alexander III (subway: Invalides), a very cinematic bridge that has appeared in several films such as "Moulin Rouge" or "View to a kill" from the James Bond saga. “Paris is more beautiful with rain”, both agree when the first drops begin to fall, in an unforgettable ending.

The Paris rain cleans everything © Midnight in Paris

Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

Another of the films with an indissoluble link with Paris and more specifically with the Montmatre neighborhood. Some say that the film is the best tourist guide in this bohemian district. The Oscar-winning film for Best Foreign Film in 2002 is a love and fantasy story in which its protagonist, the young Amélie, played by Audrey Tautou, He strives to improve the lives of everyone around him.

Without a doubt, the most emblematic place in the film is the cafeteria where Amélie works as a waitress, Les Deux Moulins, at number 15 on rue Lepic. The place still retains the neons on the ceiling and the characteristic bathroom door. However, you will not find the small tobacconist that appears in the film or the glass where Amélie wrote the menu. They say that at the time of filming the owner was about to close the coffee, but the fame of the film gave new strength to the business and today it has become a place of pilgrimage for tourists. What if, you can taste the famous crème brulée renamed, of course, with the name of Amélie.

Postcards of Montmartre made in Amélie © Corbis

The romantic protagonist's apartment is located at 56 Trois Frères street. Just below is the small market where Amélie used to buy, Au Marche de La Butte. In real life this "Épicerie" is run by an Algerian named Ali, who after the premiere of the film decided to take advantage of the matter exposing the famous Polaroid photographs of the traveling gnome.

Although filming took place mostly in Montmatre, the protagonist occasionally escaped to Saint-Martin Canal To devote to your favorite hobby, throw pebbles in the water. Another unmissable place to visit if we want to remember this unforgettable movie.

Throwing pebbles on the Saint Martin Canal © Corbis

Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967)

The story of the wife of a well-off surgeon who works in a brothel during the afternoon is a masterpiece of surrealist cinema and involves the consecration of a young Catherine Deneuve in the role of Severine. Emblematic places of the film is the elegant terrace of the Chalet de la Grande Cascade, the Forest of Bologna, where Severine meets the Duke giving rise to the delirious necrophilic fantasy, one of the film's most famous scenes.

Y the brothel where Severine confronts a strange spectrum of sexualitiesMadame Anais is located at number 1 square Albin-Cachot, a small alley between rue de la Sante and rue de la Glacière (subway: Glacière).

The Bois de Boulogne © Corbis

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