October 30, 2012

A French take on Hollywood

When I was a little girl I dreamt of becoming a Hollywood actress. But life takes over and you grow up. An old boss once asked me in which era I would have liked to live in, if I could choose. My answer: Hollywood late 1940's!

Paris vue par Hollywood was therefore an aboslute "must" for me to visit. The current exhibit at the city hall features still photos and film clips from the more than 800 Hollywood movies about or set in Paris—shot on location or on backlot sets—from 1900’s The Girl from Paris to last year’s Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen.

It's a sunny day and there are no queues...hurray!

Audrey Hepburn's Funny Face released in 1957

Bonjour Paris a song written by George and Ira Gershwin

I came across this Palmolive soap ad from 1921 which made me smile

Ninotchka is a 1939 American film featuring Greta Garbo as a stern Russian woman sent to Paris on official business only to find herself attracted to a man who represents everything she is supposed to detest.

April in Paris: the original 1933 hit was performed by Freddy Martin, and the 1952 remake by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

A hitlist from 1958 features The Parisians at No.1

Leslie Caron as Gigi singing I don't understand the Parisians


  1. oh my, how I love old movies! I have seen a few from this list, starting of course with Funny Girl, which is also included in my Audrey Hepburn collection... it might just be time to do a little Audrey Hepburn movie marathon again!

    This exhibition sounds amazing, right up my alley!

  2. I just read today that the Victoria & Albert Museum in London is exhibiting Hollywood costume design through the ages encompassing Audrey Hepburn’s little black number in Breakfast at Tiffany’. Might just be a way to cure your travel fever AND your passion for fashion and movies?!?


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