Paris seen by Hollywood
Last friday I was at the Paris seen by Hollywood exposition in Paris:
"The « Paris vu par Hollywood » (Paris seen by Hollywood) exposition focuses on how American cinema has represented the French capital for over one century. Paris is the foreign city represented the most often in Hollywood cinema. Over the past century, an estimated eight hundred American films have been located in Paris!
What clichés of the city does Hollywood create? They are found in the opening shots of “An American in Paris” (1951), Place de la Concorde, the Opera, the Alexandre III bridge with the Eiffel Tower in the background, Place Vendome in front of the Ritz, the Tuileries Garden…But why has Hollywood invested so much in shooting, or rather creating, Paris in hundreds of films? For the American public, Paris symbolises desire, pleasure and sophistication. These films in Paris say as much about the French capital as they do about American desire !"
It gave me the idea to share with you some american movies about France (and also french movies !)
I will start with Funny Face, an American musical film released in 1957, with assorted songs by George and Ira Gershwin. The film was written by Leonard Gershe and directed by Stanley Donen.
The three characters Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire, and Kay Thompson just arrived in Paris and start singing "Bonjour, Paris" (good morning, Paris) while visiting the city.