A day in Paris by Esprit de France #10

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Montmartre - Amélie Poulain par Esprit de France
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A summer day north of the right bank

Montmartre became famous at the turn of the century for its Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, its Moulin Rouge, its numerous cabarets such as the Lapin Agile and its artists' studios where Auguste Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Valadon and also Picasso and Braque – who both invented Cubism while they were living at the Bateau-Lavoir on the Place des Abbesses -, and very early on became legendary as a place that, by itself, epitomizes Paris.

Following the painters and the writers, the film art naturally found inspiration there. Since the 1920s, its extremely typical atmosphere, which owes much to its inhabitants: artists, dancers, prostitutes, cops and thugs, or simple Parisians, as well as to its unique topography with the basilica at the top of a hill featuring steep stairs and narrow streets lit by typical lamp posts, made it an ideal setting that many movies have put on screen. Today, the Musée Montmartre is paying tribute to this district and to the streets that have been used so many times as a set for the cinema: rue Blanche and the Moulin Rouge, Pigalle and rue Lepic, the Sacré Coeur and Place du Tertre. Filmed in its natural settings or recreated in a studio, in black and white as in color, the mythical Montmartre of fun and pleasure but also of the underworld, reveals its multiple facets with the display of decors, original posters, drawings, costumes and scenarios. Many film clips, with Montmartre as a backdrop, from Juliette, or key of dreams by Marcel Carné to Amélie by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, passing by An American in Paris by Vincente Minelli and Everyone says I love you or Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, will delight you. We suggest you make the most of your visit with a gourmet treat, away from the bustle of the city, at the Café Renoir. Its glass veranda overlooking a delightful garden will undoubtedly charm you.

In the evening, why not turn up at La Villette to listen to jazz? This year the new edition of Jazz à la Villette, organized by La Villette and the Philharmonie de Paris, will once again thrill you with all the nuances of Jazz and many artists, whether classical, creative or innovative, including Archie Shepp, Gregory Porter, De La Soul, Cory Henry, and Jeff Mills & Emile Parisien