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World Film Locations: Paris

“We’ll always have Paris,” Humphrey Bogart assures Ingrid Bergman in the oft-quoted farewell scene from Casablanca in which Bogart’s character, hard-hearted restaurateur Rick Blaine, bids former lover Ilsa Lund goodbye. The backdrop against which they first fell in love, Paris later serves as a reminder of their deep mutual longings. And with a host of different realizations by filmmakers from Philip Kaufman to Julien Leclercq to Woody Allen, there is no question that Paris has likewise endured in the memories of cinephiles worldwide.
 
World Film Locations: Paris takes readers on an unforgettable tour of the City of Lights past and present through the many films that have been set there. Along the way, we revisit iconic tourist sites from the Eiffel Tower—whose stairs and crossbars inspired more than one famous chase scene—to the Moulin Rouge overlooking the famously seedy Place Pigalle. Other films explore lesser-known quartiers usually tucked away from the tourist’s admiring gaze. Handsomely illustrated with full-color film stills and contemporary photographs, more than fifty scenes are individually considered with special attention to their use of Paris’s topography as it intersects with characters, narrative, and plot. A host of important genres and cinematic movements are featured, including poetic realism, the New Wave, cinéma-verité, the literary works of the Left Bank Group, and Luc Besson’s slickly stylized cinéma du look. Meanwhile, essays foreground contributions from Francophone African directors and émigré filmmakers.
 
For centuries, Paris has reigned over the popular imagination. For those who have visited or those who have only imagined it through art, literature, and film, World Film Locations: Paris presents a wonder-filled cinematic exploration of the mythical city that fans of French cinema—and new initiates—will appreciate.

128 pages | 46 color plates | 6 x 9 | © 2011

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The latest in a new series from Intellect aiming to explore the intersection of topography, film narrative, and mise en scène, World Film Locations: Paris is a lavishly illustrated guide to the way in which the City of Light has been constructed in a selection of French and other films, ranging from Jean Renoir’s Boudu sauvé des eaux to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. It will provide pleasure for French film buffs and other seasoned filmgoers, as well as visitors to Paris, and it has certainly inspired me to view those films mentioned which I have not yet seen.

Modern and Contemporary France

As a reference book or as a guide book for film fans heading for Paris this year, World Film Locations: Paris is perfect.

Journal of Tourism Consumption and Practice

World Film Locations: Paris is not only effective in building the knowledge of bona-fide film fanatics, but also in drawing attention to films that may otherwise be neglected by mainstream audiences. . . . It is informative without being too involved or overloading the reader, and its clear and concise style makes it easy to read at one’s leisure or to use for academic purposes. An excellently edited work.

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Table of Contents

Paris: City of the Imagination
      Keith Reader
Map of Scenes 1–8: 1932–1959
Paris in the Films of Alice Guy-Blaché (1896–1907)
      Alison McMahan
Map of Scenes 9–16: 1960–1966
Émigré Film-makers in 1930s Paris
      Alastair Phillips
Map of Scenes 17–24: 1967-1990
‘A Parisian Pari’: Agnès Varda’s Cléo de 5 à 7
      Georgiana M. M. Colvile
Map of Scenes 25–32: 1991–2002
La Bella Città: Paris Through the Lens of Italian Directors
      Giovanna Summerfield
Map of Scenes 33–39: 2003–2006
City of Light, City of Darkness: Paris in Francophone African Films
      Françoise Pfaff
Map of Scenes 40–46: 1995–2011
Remaking the Cinematic City: Claire Denis’ Paris
      Malini Guha

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