Paris is home to several locations, where films were shot. When in the City of Lights, you may come across locations where the events in your favorite films take place. Trying to recognize these places is also an entertaining thing to do when on private tours Paris. Read on if you do not mind small spoilers.
The Folding City of Paris and the Dream Sequence from “Inception”
Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” is a mind-game of a thriller, which keeps the audiences in two minds regarding what constitutes reality and what constitutes the imaginary world. Many scenes in the film were shot in Paris, perhaps none more iconic than the one where the Haussmann boulevards fold back on themselves. This involves digital trickery. However, a more revealing scene is one where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character teaches his disciple played by Ellen Page how to build a labyrinthine bridge. Nolan does use a real bridge called the Bir-Hakeim to film this scene, and the results are there for everyone to see. The bridge connecting the fifteenth and sixteenth administrative districts offers one a stunning view of Paris’s Eiffel Tower.
The Alexandre-III Bridge from “Midnight in Paris”
This film directed by Woody Allen is a love letter to Paris city. Owen Wilson’s character travels back in time from the present-day to the 19th-century Paris. The climax, where Gil Pender meets a French lady he met back in Montmartre, happens on the Parisian bridge named after the tsar of Russia. The Alexandre-III was constructed for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, like many other landmarks in Paris.
The Louvre Museum from “The Da Vinci Code”
At the start of this movie based on Dan Brown’s famous novel of the same name, a dead body is found inside the Grand Gallery. An investigation starts from this Musée du Louvre gallery, but expect nothing else about it from this post. The Louvre Museum offers a visitor trail devoted to the “The Da Vinci Code”, which invites you to identify facts and fictional elements in relation to the book and movie, whose portions take place in the museum.
Paris Fashion Week from “The Devil Wears Prada”
One of the characters in the “The Devil Wears Prada” comes to Paris for the namesake Fashion Week. In one scene, this character throws her phone into a fountain situated in Place de la Concorde. This fountain is easily noticeable even in the movie as it is situated right in the center of the Parisian square.