October 10, 2012



A new exhibition on "Paris, seen by Hollywood" looks back on how American movies have depicted the French capital for more than a century, making it the most filmed city in Hollywood movies. The exhibition runs at Paris City Hall until December 15.

Over 800 American movies have been shot in Paris or on sets replicating the City of Light. Ernst Lubitsch, the American director who made nearly a dozen films that took place in Paris without ever actually shooting a single scene in the city once said:  "There’s the Paris of Paramount and MGM in Paris. And then of course the real Paris…."

The exhibition includes nearly 400 documents from French and American archives at the Cinémathèque Française, the Margareth Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts, as well as private collectors. They include sketches and sets from Vincente Minelli’s “An American in Paris”, Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” and other movies.

Hubert de Givenchy was involved in many of these movies, creating costumes not only for his close friend Audrey Hepburn—some of which are on display—but also for Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli. His cast of loyal customers also included Lauren Bacall and Anne Baxter.

Hôtel de Ville - Salle Saint-Jean

5 rue Lobau – 75004 Paris

Open daily from 10am to 7pm. Closed Sunday and holidays.

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