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Montmartre, décor de cinéma

  • Art, Film and video

Time Out says

The influence of Paris and its iconic surroundings on cinema

The snowy domes of the Sacré-Cœur, spiraling cobblestones of Montmartre, the neon-hued Pigalle. Paris has been a muse to many a cinematographer who have used the city to host and inspire their creations. Musée de Montmartre, in conjunction with the Cinémathèque française, have come together to create an exhibition dedicated to the city's involvement on world cinema. 

Revolving around the following themes  Montmartre and its icons (Pigalle and rue Lepic, the Sacré-Cœur and the Moulin-Rouge), Pleasure and Crime, and where dream and reality collide in Montmartre — 'Montmartre, décor de cinéma' includes films from the beginning of the 1900s to 2010 which demonstrate the efficacity and inspirational power of Paris in cinema.

Using video installations, vintage film posters, and scripts, you'll be navigated through time via film. From cult anglo films like An American in Paris (Vincente Minnelli, 1951) to Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, 2001) and Midnight in Paris (Woody Allen, 2010); to French masterpieces Baisers volés (Truffaut, 1968), Juliette ou la Clef des songes (Marcel Carné, 1950) and the world celebrated Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001).

There's an entire section dedicated to Amelie, with cast photos, set props and scripts. In fact there's so much that you could envisage a separate exhibition to this film alone...

Film buffs and francophiles will enjoy this iconic film trip through Paris. Which is rendered even more spectactular when you step out of the museum onto the very same pavestones. 

Written by
Alice White Walker


Full price, €11
Opening hours:
Open daily. 10am-7pm (April to September), 10am-6pm (March to October)
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