Paris Match: Let’s Go to the Movies

Amélie at Cinema Studio 28 (Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain, 2001) Image: MovieStillsDB

Amélie at Cinema Studio 28 (Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, 2001) Image: MovieStillsDB

Ernest Lubitsch's So This is Paris, 1926 Image: MoviePosterDB

Ernest Lubitsch’s So This is Paris, 1926 Image: MoviePosterDB

By Theadora Brack

As promised, this week we’re going to shimmy back up to the hill of Montmartre, and pay homage to my favorite movie house in Paris, Cinema Studio 28. Don’t forget to pack your fancy duds, too, because we’ll also trek it back in time again with photographer Maurice Sapiro. Winding it back to the summer of 1956: While playing the trumpet with the 279th Army Band in France, Maurice documented the streets of Paris, deftly improvising with light and architectural texture like a jazz musician. Inspired by the Lumière Autochrome color film process, Maurice’s shots still snap, crackle and pop, much like the City of Light herself. In the words of John Milton, “Come and trip it as you go, on the light fantastic toe!” Step right up. Here’s your ticket!

Trekking to Paris? Why not take in a film? After all, cinema is as French as Camembert cheese. In fact, both date back to around the time of the Revolution. Moving pictures got their start in the 1790s when enterprising showman Étienne-Gaspard Robertson began charging admission to weird magic lantern horror shows he called phantasmagoria, projected on the walls of a crypt down under the ruins of the old Capuchin crypt near the Tuileries. Apparently, “the Great Robertson” also invented the zoom, the dolly shot, and the pan.

“I am only satisfied if my spectators, shivering and shuddering, raise their hands or cover their eyes out of fear of ghosts and devils dashing towards them; if even the most indiscreet among them run into the arms of a skeleton!” he said. Bonjour, Goosebumps!

Ernest Lubitsch's So This is Paris, 1926

Ernest Lubitsch’s So This is Paris, 1926

Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Now, movies as we know them today came along a century later, when the Lumière brothers patented perforated movie film and invented the cinematograph (which could not only shoot movies but develop and project them as well). In 1895 they held the first public screenings ever, at the Grand Café near the Paris Opéra. Later they invented color photo film too, but that’s whole other reel!

Time marches on: Dear fellow news junkies, we have the Pathé Brothers to thank for introducing the news reel to theaters in 1908. They also experimented with hand-colored film. Try watching their footage of Loïe Fuller’s “Serpentine Dance” without grabbing your very own bed sheets and giving it a whirl. I’ve tried but no can do.

Lights! Crepe! Action! Here’s the deal: On November 5, 1892, Marie-Louise Fuller (a.k.a. “the Priestess of Fire”) became an overnight sensation at the Folies Bergère after she performed her signature twirls while decked out in billowing Chinese silks, under rotating jewel-colored spotlights projected from above. Looking very much like a life-sized origami in motion, she transformed modern dance in one fell swoop. Like wild fire, word spread. A star was born. Soon the Grand Magasins du Louvre and Bon Marché were selling Loïe-inspired skirts, ties, and scarves. Enraptured by Paris’s “Electric, Salome,” even bars and cafés hopped on the fan wagon, and created flaming cocktails, donning the dancer’s name.

In 1900, the New York Times wrote: “Loïe Fuller’s inimitable fire dance is the boldest and most marvelous that has ever appeared in spectacular dancing in any epoch. Between the dream world and reality, inhabits the darkness with never-to-be-forgotten apparitions.” Or as one critic cooed, “She delivers dance from the high kicks and tutus!”

Detail: First Polyvision film, "Napoleon" (in the lobby of Studio 28)

Detail: First Polyvision film, “Napoleon” (in the lobby of Studio 28)

The Hills are Alive!

Now, let’s trot on over to Studio 28 at 10 Rue Tholozé. With just 170 seats and about ten screenings a week, it has earned a special place in the annals of cinema. Founded in 1928 (hence the name), it immediately carved a niche in history as the world’s first avant-garde art theater when it showed films by Abel Gance in “Polyvision,” a technique involving three synchronized projectors to show the first wide-screen movies.

Fast Forward: Two years later, Studio 28’s fame was secured when Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel premiered one of the first surrealist films there: “L’Age d’Or” (The Golden Age). Anaïs Nin and Henry Miller went to see it, and afterwards Miller praised it as “pure cinema and nothing but cinema.” But an angry mob was apparently somewhat less impressed—upset by its sacrilegious symbolism, they attacked the theater, threw ink on the screen and destroyed an art display in the lobby that included works by Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy, Joan Miró and Max Ernst (who starred in the film). After that, programming took a lighter approach when it introduced France to comedies by Ernest Lubitsch, the Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, and Frank Capra.

Before you go

Today, Studio 28 provides a delightful experience while remaining relatively inexpensive compared to other Paris movie theaters. During July, it offers a special reduced-fare series featuring international classics along the lines of “Rebel Without a Cause”, “East of Eden”, “Roman Holiday”, and “Double Indemnity”, among others. The cinema offers a rare opportunity to experience films the way they were before the multiplex—it’s no wonder that Audrey Tautou’s “Amélie Poulain” headed to Studio 28 every Friday.

Audrey Tautou’s “Amélie Poulain” headed to Studio 28 every Fridayhad no trouble finding it!

Audrey Tautou’s “Amélie Poulain” headed to Studio 28 every Fridayhad no trouble finding it!

Also to note: Studio 28 maintains a rotating display of artwork, and showcases the hand- and footprints of famous actors and directors who have premiered films there.

Sweet Spot: A bar at the end of the lobby opens onto a small beer garden (enclosed in winter) where you can sit and have a drink or some snacks before the show. Once you’ve entered the auditorium, settle into your plush red seat, let your eyes adjust to the dark, and make sure you check out the old piano nearby. It last saw serious use when Charlie Chaplin showed his movies here. The large set of surrealist light fixtures in the same auditorium were created by artist and film director Jean Cocteau. Monsieur Cocteau called Studio 28 “a cinema of masterpieces and a masterpiece of a cinema.” I think you’ll agree.

Please note: Cinema Studio 28 is closed during the month of August.

Amélie

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain, 2001 Image: MovieStillsDB

Other favorite cinemas

La Pagode (57 rue de Babylone, 7th arrondissement), looks like a Japanese temple. It was built for the wife of the founder of Au Bon Marché, the oldest department store in the city.

 

Le Balzac (just off the Champs-Elysées at 1 rue Balzac) will make you feel like you’re on a steamship bound for a distant land, thanks to its porthole-and-riveted-steel-hatchways ocean liner decor.

At La Péniche Cinéma that particular aesthetic is carried even further, as the theater actually is a ship—well, a barge, anyway—docked at Parc de la Villette each winter, and then moored at La Villette canal basin all summer.

Le Grand Rex is by far the city’s largest and flashiest theater. Located at 1 boulevard Poissonnière (between Metros Grands Boulevards and Bonne Nouvelle), this humongous movie palace was erected in 1932 at the height of the Art Deco movement. It can seat audiences of 5,000.

Pinching from Henry Valentine Miller YET again: “Develop an interest in life as you see it; the people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself.” Carpe diem!

Grab my hand. Let’s take a spin around Montmartre with Maurice Sapiro.

 

 

(Thank you, Maurice!)

 

Moulin de la Galette by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956 (View from Studio 28)

Moulin de la Galette by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956 (View from Studio 28 at the top of rue Tholozé, often painted by Vincent van Gogh (who lived just around the corner from Studio 28 at 54 rue Lepic), one of the last two windmills in Paris.

Sacré Coeur by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

Sacré Coeur by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

The French Door by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

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The New Peugeot by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

Paris in the Morning by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

The Bakery Delivery by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

The Critic by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

Montmartre Street Artist by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

The Métro by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

The Métro by Maurice Sapiro, Paris, 1956

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131 thoughts on “Paris Match: Let’s Go to the Movies

    • Thanks for your kind words, Alexander! It was a fun post to create. I thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Maurice! T. (And YES. I highly recommend Studio 28. The little movie house is just a cobblestone throw away from rue des Abbesses—a street lined with boutiques, boulangeries, poissonneries, caves, and cafés, éspiceries, fromageries, charcuteries, and patisseries. It still flaunts a village-vibe.)

  1. Ah wonderful as ever Theodora! Thanks for transporting us to another time and place yet again. We can’t get enough of Maurice Sapiro’s photos either.

    • Merci!! T. (By the way, there are a few great cycling scenes in the film “Amélie.” According to the Moped Army’s “Mopeds in the Movies” post, a Motobecane AV88 makes cameo appearances throughout the flick. Pretty Wheels!)

      • Oddly enough, after savoring your post I was compelled by some mysterious force to buy Amélie ! Blu ray and it arrived today! Popcorn and a movie tonight! Thanks again!

  2. Another stunning post – adding cinemas to my list of places to visit if I ever make it to Paris!! Thanks for sharing, especially the amazing photographs! :)

    • Theadora, Thank you for the beautiful presentation of my photos. They are souvenirs from a wonderful time in my life. Yes,, we’ll always have Paris.
      Maurice

      • Maurice, Thank you for sharing your special memories and photographs with us! They radiate. They glow. YES. We will always have Paris. In the words of Hemingway, ““There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other.” Theadora

    • Well, thank you! Yes, Maurice’s photographs are pretty darn amazing. I love how he plays with color and texture. The surfaces almost become 3-D in the natural light. Gorgeous. T. (And YES. Add the Paris cinemas to your list. You’d enjoy Studio 28. There are a slew of vintage clothing shops in Abbesses—Montmartre. I’d kick-off your hunt at Monsieur Lambert’s Le Caverne à Fripes at 25 rue Houdon. Great steals!)

    • Merci, TSL! I’m just crazy about Time Travel and the silver screen. You’d love the décor at Studio 28. The chairs are red crushed velvet and the lighting fixtures were created by Jean Cocteau. Beauties! T.(You should plan another trip!)

    • Thanks! We absolutely love your kind words. I will pass them on to Maurice! T. (I just spotted your nod to Japanese animation. I’m also a fan of Hayao Miyazaki! Hands-down, “Spirited Away” is a favorite.)

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    • I agree! Time travel is possible with Maurice’s beautiful photographs. Thanks for joining us on the early morning stroll in Montmartre! T. (By the way, your landscapes are wonderful. I imagine this is how my cat experiences the outdoors. “Sky Flowers” is a favorite. I love how you capture their spirit. Bravo!)

      • How kind – thank you. Your cat observation is wonderful and made me rethink the image in an Alice of Wonderland sort of way. :-)

        I visited Montmarte during my first trip to Europe last spring and loved it so much. I’m dying to go back to Paris, and, specifically, Montmartre. So many cities, so little time…….

        Maurice’s images are the best I’ve seen of Paris. Thank you for sharing them!

      • Hi Sharon, While you were in Montmartre, did you take any photographs? Did you create a post? Any links? T. (Alice of Wonderful! Perfect title. I love it!)

      • Thanks, so much, Theadora. I’m flattered that you asked.

        I’d barely started Sunearthsky when I visited Europe last spring. I started the blog to be about mobile photography, and while on holiday, I shot the entire trip (1,500 images) with my Android phone. I think you saw and “liked” (thank you!) all the Paris images that I posted.

        I’ve got lots more…..maybe I’ll do a post soon. I guess just feel a bit odd since I was a beginner then and I’m no longer really posting mobile photography….but maybe I should!

        Thank you :) :) :)

    • Well, thank you, Scott! You’d enjoy Studio 28. Years ago, I got to see Salvador Dali and Luis Buñuel’s “L’Age d’Or” at the Charles Theater. After the flick, we had a glass beer at the Club Charles. Is it still around? It was a glorious day in the summertime. Whenever I see the film title, I think back to that day. Also, a family member played the organ at the Waverly Movie House on York Road during the depression. I miss Baltimore!)

      • The Club Charles is indeed still there. Are you referring to the Boulevard Theater in Waverly? The building is still there but it’s a drug store, I think. The Boulevard is where I saw “The Planet of the Apes” as a little boy. The Parkway theater on North Avenue has been purchased by MICA(or is it Johns Hopkins?) anyway, Thomas Dolby is moving to Baltimore to do professor stuff and I think they are going to refurbish the Parkway and make it his classroom!

      • Oh, dear. I will send my dad a follow-up message. I’ll report back. Well, that’s great news about the Club Charles and Thomas Dolby. Very interesting! I have two more Baltimore-related questions for you. Do you plan to go to the American Visionary Art Museum’s Kinetic Sculpture Race? And do you remember the little movie theater in Fells Point? I can’t recall name. I saw a slew of Godard films there. Thanks! T.

      • I’ve never attended the kinetic sculpture race, which is weird, because I have friends that have been in it. I believe that you are referring to the Orpheum.

    • Well, thanks for joining us on another sentimental journey! As always, I appreciate your kind, kind words. T. (Studio 28 is just jump away from rue des Abbesses-a street lined with deli-like shops. You’d love it.)

    • YES. Get the reels spinning. Where to start? I highly, highly recommend Cédric Klapisch’s 1996 When the Cat’s Away (Chacun cherche son chat). Have you seen it? Shot in Bastille, it’s sweet, fast-moving film about a woman and her cat. No spoilers here! You’ll love it. I’ve seen in a dozen times, at least. It’s an epic-weepie with a fabulous soundtrack. Theadora

      • I have never seen it, but it sounds lovely. I will definitely check it out next week. Thank you Theadora for such a thorough recommendation and you probably heard this before but you’re blog is AWESOME!!!

      • Ah, thanks, Christina! I think you’ll enjoy it. It always lifts my spirits. Here’s a film description blurb from 1997:

        “Among this film’s most appealing aspects is the improvisational tone to its heroine’s experiences. Half the performers seen here — the fashion model, the homeless man, the cat-loving little old ladies — are real people playing themselves, and Mr. Klapisch lets his audience enjoy the full spectrum of their clashing styles. By the time lonely Chloe (Garance Clavel) has finished canvassing the Bastille neighborhood for her lost cat, the whole area has envelopingly come to life. The rewards of this expansiveness for Chloe extend well beyond the happy prospect of retrieving a runaway pet.”

      • Thank you so much Theodora; I love how helpful you are =]. I can’t wait to watch and it will make more sense now that I have read this blurb. I’ll let you know what I think after I watch it. oxoxo Christina

  4. Hmmm, for some reason I didn’t get email notification of your latest wonderful post. Maybe the WordPress gremlins are acting up again. And thanks for more of the fabulous photos. I love them all buy my favorite is the first one.

    janet

    • Hi Janet, You didn’t receive the e-mail notification? Bizarre! I also love the first shot. The Moulin de la Galette is just a few feet away from Studio 28. Toulouse-Lautrec and Pierre-Auguste Renoir also painted the windmill. Renoir’s Bal du moulin de la Galette [Dance at Le Moulin de la Galette] is at the Musée d’Orsay. Like Maurice’s photograph, it’s a beauty! T. (And speaking of WordPress, when did they change the photo editing system? I keep hitting the “X” and not the “pencil.” Oh, la la.)

      • I found out after I posted that, that for the last four days or so, all my WP notifications had been going into spam. Gmail gremlins, I guess, because I certainly didn’t change anything. Thankfully, I have a techie husband and he finally figured out what I had to do to get things back on track, although it doesn’t at all explain why the sudden change. And there were other things going into spam as well. As for changes, seems like everywhere just changes periodically but may or may not let you know what they did. Very frustrating!!

        Off to take a walk, although it’s cloudy and chilly.

        janet

  5. Invaluable, in-depth and full of va-va-voom! Your posts are always totally fabulous Theadora. I just loved the thought of Anais Nin and Henry Miller in Studio 28. And now I want a windmill at the end of my road! Those photos by Maurice Sapiro are just incredible…..I feel I am actually there, in Paris in 1956. Love it, love it, love it! Thank you, Karen.

    • Va-Va-Voom, Karen! Your words are always so thoughtful. I will pass them on to Maurice. He’ll appreciate them. YES. He was a complete joy to work with on the post. I also enjoyed the French cinema research so stay tuned for a summer sequel. AH, the Rex Theater is another favorite movie palace. Majestic. T. (Have a creative and productive weekend!)

  6. Reblogged this on kissmeunderthepinkblossomtree and commented:
    With much love I am re blogging this as I have this obsession and passion for all things French and despite having not travelled there yet, I feel it is a place I may belong to. In between my daydreams, I have this amazing blogger and writer I follow and love each piece so much that I am housing to reblog this one! Thank you Theadora for making my journey more exciting! <3 Miss Popette x

    • Thank you for spreading the word, Miss Popette! I appreciate it. I adore Studio 28. Think Pink! Here is where I saw Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” film about a half-dozen times. You’d also love the nearby Le Coquelicot (“The Poppy”) at 24 rue des Abbesses. Its décor flaunts a shabby-chic look with hand-painted murals. It’s a great place for snacking and people-watching. Their signature “Piccola” baguette has won awards. I’m also hooked on their Jambon-fromage baguette, lemon bars, and pain au chocolat. Handsome bakers abound! T. <3

  7. Oh, to have been in the Capuchin Crypts for the Phatasmagoria!!! Yikes and goosebumps, what delights. Sapiro’s photographs are too marvelous. I must find L’Age d Or ….. and see what all the fuss is about! Lovely and delightful post, dearest Theadora……just lovely.

    • Please pass the popcorn, Monsieur Tin Man! Thanks for your lovely, lovely words. Say, did you hear about the stolen replica Ruby Slippers? According to the news reports, they were purchased in Paris! Where, I wonder. Oh, the drama. One bow was damaged in The Heist. Luckily, the crime was solved and the shoes are back “home.”

      Here’s a blurb from the Staten Island Advance:

      “STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The next person who tries to steal the Hilton Garden Inn’s replica ruby slippers from “The Wizard of Oz” will have to worry about more than flying monkeys chasing them down. The $2,500 slippers — which police say were swiped by a trio of thieves on March 1 — were returned to their display case by a lobby elevator at the Bloomfield hotel Thursday, and now, an alarm will shrill should anyone try to take them again.”

  8. I love this latest post. So many memories of the times *I* was in Paris, with my own dear Sweetie. Thanks for bringing them back, again and again.

  9. Cinéma: mes souvenirs les plus chers de Paris sont liés aux films, et aux petites salles “d’art et essai” de la Rive Gauche… Un autre article qui évoque tant de souvenirs chère amie…

    • Ah, Merci. YES. Studio 28, Studio des Ursulines (opened as a movie theater in 1926), and MK2 Studio Parnasse (1930) joined the Association Francaise des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai early in 1955, according to my research. An important organization! All three theaters are still open. Thank goodness. Do you have a favorite French director? Eric Rohmer is a favorite. He is missed. T.

      Studio des Ursulines, 10 Rue des Ursulines (5th arrondissement)
      MK2 Parnasse, 11 Rue Jules Chaplain (6th arrondissement)

  10. Love your wonderful tour. My brother-in-law lived in Montmartre during the 70’s and 80’s, was a wonderful experience visiting this special place. Fabulous photographs Maurice, especially the little one with his baguettes.

    • Thanks for joining us, Mary! I also adore Maurice’s “Bakery Delivery” shot. “The Critic” is also a favorite. Montmartre-Abbesses is changing but still possesses a village-like vibe. Wonderful things still happen on the cobblestoned streets. Once while out on a run in Montmartre (in view of Sacré Coeur), I found an old dress maker’s model from the 1930s, abandoned in someone’s stash of trash in the street. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was raining. I was tuckered. But I had no choice, really. I picked it up and headed back home. Funny sight. People laughed and pointed fingers! Theadora (Enjoy the weekend!)

      • Love your story Theadora, carrying the model must have been some scene – how funny, but oh so determined and what a find for you! Happy to meet you and looking forward to many more of your posts. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      • Nice to meet you, Mary! I’m looking forward to seeing more of your works. I did look pretty darn funny, jogging down the street with dress maker’s full-sized model, dressed in black, head to toe. I still have her! T. (Have a creative and productive week!)

      • Funny! T. (The well-loved model still has the dress maker’s pencil marks and scribbles on it, in all different colors. What a treasure. Lucky day!)

    • Where in France did you visit? Did it inspire any art? I’m sure it did. YES. For the love of inspiration, you must visit again and again. T. (Have a creative weekend, Jacqueline!)

      • We rented an apartment in Paris for ten days. Went to Versailles and Giverny. Loved Giverny. Said to my husband,
        “How could Monet live here and not paint?” Yes! So much inspiration. On January 23rd posted a watercolor I did from a photo of a gardener from Monet’s garden that I took. Love your blog!

      • Thanks! What a great trip! Did you make it to Marie Antoinette’s little opera house at Versailles? With its seats for only forty, its walls and ceilings of blue velvet and paper-mâché ornaments mimicking putti, shiny gold, and cool marble, I felt her presence there.

        Here’s an interesting NPR story about Monet’s Garden: http://www.thestory.org/stories/2013-10/monets-garden (No spoilers here! I think you’ll enjoy it. The show aired on Dick Gordon’s The Story in 2013.)

        Do you have a link to your January 23rd watercolor? Please share!
        T.

      • I’m so glad you shared your water color of the gardener, lost in thought. The piece is so dreamy. And so it knock-out frame, by the way. Regal-looking. They dance well together. I think you’ll enjoy the NPR piece about the volunteer gardener. She gave her dream job in California, moved to France, an volunteered at the garden for one year. Enjoy the rest of the week! T.

    • Merci! Thanks to your post about Francis Picabia, I’m now tracking down René Clair’s “Entr’acte” film. It opened at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. I saw a brief clip of it years ago at a Dada exhibition. Along with our favorite dandy (Francis Picabia), Erik Satie, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp have cameos in the flick. Satie composed the music. Thanks for the inspiration! T.

  11. She smiled as she slipped on the ruby slippers. ” And they thought they had the right ones. The askew bow should have given it away. Her’s were the originals. Only to be worn on special occasions. ” Tonight she was meeting Tinny at Studio 28. To see King’s Delta of Venus. ” I’ll go early”, she thought. “Tinny likes a glass of bubbly” before a movie. Putting Nin’s book back on the shelf she slipped into the night and Montmartre.

    • I was not that far ahead of you and heard your footsteps on the cobblestones, oh wonderful I thought, Virginia is early, we can have some bubbly before the the movie. Hope Theadora is already here, we shall have a grand evening of it!

    • So you have the original ruby slippers? Ah, yes, I knew it! Enjoying an evening with the Tin Man is always, always a special occasion. And speaking of Anaïs, I’ve always enjoyed one of the last letters Anaïs wrote to Henry in October 1955. I found it in my copy of “A Literate Passion: Letters of Anaïs Nin & Henry Miller 1932-1955.

      Here’s a lovely snippet from it: “I had to re-pen Diaries and the Henry who emerged from them is wonderful and it truly is so alive and permanent a portrait that it blotted out the dark last part of the relationship, its disintegration etc. The causes are so clear, too, that if we had seen them then they could have been remedied.

      At least I see you clear of distortions and it makes me write you for the first time without the stiltedness due to hardening of the personal vision. Probably if I had then the sense of humor I have today and it you had then the qualities you have today, nothing would have broken. I have changed enormously.”

      • Oh so wonderful to be privy to such intensely personal thoughts – words written then could apply to much that happens to some of us. It is interesting how we sometimes only remember the good parts of the relationship, and think how it could have been.

      • Yes. Self-protection, I guess. I’m now humming Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman’s “The Way We Were” tune. T.

  12. It’s difficult to imagine people nowadays getting so irate about sacrilegious films that they would stage a mini-riot. They obviously missed the humour! Thanks for reminding me of Roman Holiday – I shall watch that tomorrow! Great post, T! Love the Sapiros.

    • It must have been quite the scene! Thanks, Richard! Confession: I’ve never made it through “Roman Holiday” without crying. Eddie Albert is also pretty darn wonderful in the flick. Hip, I’d say. While in Rome, I tried to find the café featured in the “Champagne” scene. Sadly, it’s now a clothing store! T. (Also, I’ll pass on your swell words to Maurice. He’d love your street photography. Dear Maurice, Here is a link to Richard’s portraits: http://thefutureispapiermache.wordpress.com/ )

    • Amélie is a fun movie. Whenever I’m blue, I watch it. I love its red and green tones. By the way, the grocery store and the café are still in operation. Amélie pilgrims often stop by and pay homage, taking photographs and selfie after selfie! T. (Do you have a favorite movie house in the world?)

      Au Marche de la Butte, Passage des Abbesses
      Café des Deux Moulins, 15 rue Lepic at rue Cauchois.

  13. Who knew that the history could be as entertaining as the entertainment?! I had a suspicion that the world of ‘Les Triplettes de Belleville’ was real, you have confirmed it! :-) Thanks so much for yet another beautiful escape T!

    • Well, thank you for the kind, kind words! I’m also a big time fan of Sylvain Chomet’s Les Triplettes de Belleville! Say, do you have a pet movie house in the world?

      Years ago, I got to see the Notting Hill film in Notting Hill at the historic Coronet Cinema. It wasn’t planned. I was visiting London with my sister. We had just landed, and decided to take a little stroll to beat the jet lag blues. And then, bang! A thunderstorm approached. What to do? What to do? “Let’s see a movie,” my sister said as we passed the Coronet. Wise sister! The Coronet makes a few cameos in the movie. Perfection. Hugh Grant and red velvet seats!

      T.
      (Enjoy the week!)

      • Pet movie house? Well, in CT that would have to be The Labia, (http://wp.me/p2wRdC-sF) so many happy memories, quirky movies! And the only one where you don’t have to resort to the obligatory popcorn and soda, you can actually have a glass (or a few) of wine while you watch the movie :-)

        M
        (Happy Wednesday)

      • Now, that’s my kind of theater! I just checked out the link. The Labia is gorgeous! I like the dinner and movie option. According to the website, “The Labia Theatre, originally an Italian Embassy ballroom, was opened by Princess Labia in May 1949 as a theatre for the staging of live performances.”

        Lovely space!
        T.

      • Laughing, I’m impressed, you looked at the link! I got some curious comments regarding the name of this theatre, as you can imagine?!

        Cheers
        M

  14. Oh my! So beautiful . I wish I could have witnessed that dance. Your stories and images remind me of why I adore your city. Can’t wait until March next year when I am planning to visit. Xx

    • Well, thank you! Maurice will love your sweet words. I’ll try to dig up a “Pathé Loïs Fuller” link for you. The Lumière Brothers shot footage of dancer Caroline Hipple Holpin (a.k.a. the flame dancer). Hands down, the Fuller footage is my favorite. Loïs was amazing! T. (I wonder what the Loïs-inspired garb looked like. Sadly, I haven’t been able to find any images. YET.)

  15. Theadora, Probably know by now that I re blogged this one. I enjoyed visiting via the net. My what we have given away(In NYC)… thee are very few “unique” theaters left. The Angelicka, the Sunshine,, the film forum, and for big screen – the Zeigfield are a few of the “old ones” but they have really lost some of there charm. But they at least show great films.
    I continue to marvel at your ability to place on paper the feelings and enjoyments of living in Paris
    my best
    Thom

    • Merci! And thanks for the New York movie house report. Years ago, I used to catch films at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. I thoroughly enjoyed its great silent movie series. Lilian Gish was supposed to show-up one year, but sadly, got sick. The Film Forum is a favorite. I just checked out their upcoming schedule. It looks like a Hitchcock series is on its way. With live piano accompaniment by Steve Sterner! I’m very jealous! T. (Thom, thanks also for your kind words!)

  16. As a cinéphile / film buff, I find Paris one of the best cities for movies! London has its theaters and New York has its clubs but Paris has the best cinemas in the world. In fact, my last Where Is It Wednesday featured a recently polished jewel of the 7éme art: Lu Louxor, near Barbés.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane, my friend!

    • Perfect timing, Paul! Oh, Lu Luxor is such a beauty, Paul! Built in 1921, it’s still a stunner. Thank goodness it was rescued. People love going to movie houses in Paris. The number of screens in the city keeps rising. According to the Economist, next year the count will hover around 431. So many choices! Years ago, I remember seeing Sam Peckinpah’s “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” on Christmas Day. And the movie house was packed! T.

      Here’s a link to Paris Paul’s site: http://parisbycellphone.com/2014/04/02/2014-04-02-where-is-it-wednesday-paris-paul/

  17. Wow, your posts are so informative and evocative- love the photos too. Six weeks to go now before we return to Paris – your posts are keeping the dream alive for me!

    • Tick! Tick! Tick! I’d add a movie theater to your list. Studio 28 is located in the heart of Abbesses. There’s plenty to do before and after the movie: bars, cafés, museums, and shops. Also, Sacré Couer is about a ten-minute walk from the cinema. The perfect spot to look down on the city and the Eiffel Tower as the sun sets. For a drink, I recommend Café Saint Jean (located near the Métro Saint Jean). It’s affordable. I love their salad with chicken. It’s another great place to people-watch. Ask for a seat outdoors on the terrace! T.

      • All noted and thank you so much for your help Ms
        T! Sacre Coeur is top of my to-do list. I am just about to post a few more links that I have found which will be helpful for me and also others like me who are still newbies in Paris…
        A Bientot

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    • Thanks, Julia! I agree! (By the way, I finally found my I. Miller navy blue pumps with shiny brass buckles. They’re narrow but they still fit. If I channel my inner-Cendrillon!)

  19. Love, love the golden photos– of course, the boys with the baguettes– and also the elegant doorway. I always get the travel bug when I come to your blog. thanks!

    • Ah, thanks, Rhonda! I also love, love Maurice’s photograph of the young man and the baguette. The action-shot is a beauty. And timeless, too. T. (Enjoy the week!)

    • Two days in Paris? Exciting! Are you looking for indoor or outdoor activities? Food joints?

      On Sunday, I’d definitely spend the morning at Porte de Vanves Flea Market. I’ll now check-out the Paris brocante listing.

      There’s a “Henri Cartier-Bresson” exhibition at the Pompidou Centre (through June 9th 2014).

      “Josephine” is holding court at the Musée du Luxembourg. Here’s a clever video teaser: http://www.museeduluxembourg.fr/fr/web-tv/p_video_chargee-65/

      I’ll return this evening with a few more recommendations. Stay Tuned! T.

      • Hey thanks for all of that! You’ll be disappointed to know I didn’t make it out much at all. I had little money and was en route to pricey Iceland, so I just kinda holed up and kept to myself. Thanks, though! One of these days I’ll get back into town : )

  20. More great shots from Maurice Sapiro. I have Amelie on DVD, but never gotten round to watching! But I have a lot of movies to catch up on and not enough time!

  21. OMG, Theadora! You really do know EVERYTHING about Paris! Loved the delightful lesson, and was amazed by those photos by Maurice Sapiro. Never heard of him — but he was sensational!

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