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Jan 6th, 2006, 10:20 AM
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Favorite Movie or Book to Get You In the Mood...

For a trip to France?

Headed to France for the first time with my hubby in March and am wondering, what are your favorite movies and/or books to get yourself in the mood for your france trip?

So far I thought of French Kiss and Band of Brothers (we're taking the Band of Bros tour in Normandy). Plus all of my misc. travel/guide books.

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Jan 6th, 2006, 10:24 AM
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I love French Kiss! Do you remember the scene when they've just left the thief's apt & she's yelling at Kevin Kline that she can't get home because she has "no suitcase, no money, no passport"? I JUST figured out where that little corner in Montmartre is!

Just recently rewatched A Little Romance with Diane Lane & Sir Laurence Olivier & Fatal Image, a not too bad movie with fantastic scenes of Paris.

For France, Ronin, which has great scenes in Paris & Arles!
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Jan 6th, 2006, 10:29 AM
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I enjoyed "Chocolat" with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp (who lives in the south of France somewhere). I forget the name of the town where the film was shot, but it was very pretty.
 
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Jan 6th, 2006, 10:47 AM
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Love in the Afternoon and Gigi, I never tire of watching. Lovers on the Bridge, .. Venus Beauty Institute, When the cat's away,
Frantic, The man who Loved Women(French version), Elevator to the Gallows(great Miles Davis score), The Professional,
Paris Vu Pas, Breathless, 400 Blows, Celine and Julie go Boating, Chloe in the Afternoon.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 11:01 AM
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The Tavernier film 'A Sunday in the Country' set in the south of France is one of my favorites. The cinematography is wonderful.

'Small Change' about French children is
great. For shots of Paris 'Day of the Jackal' can not be beat.

As to books:

The Seven Ages of Paris by Alistair Horne is a fascinating story of how Paris got to be Paris.

As to music, consider a CD of Charles Trenet or Edith Piaf.

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Jan 6th, 2006, 12:03 PM
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Just looked at some other movie options online. Other ideas...

* Forget Paris (Billy Crystal & Debra Winger)

* Paris Holiday (Bob Hope)

* Passport to Paris (the olsen twins - never saw it and it's probably hoakie but i'll try it)

* American in Paris

* Sabrina

* Girl from Paris
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Jan 6th, 2006, 12:21 PM
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aggiemon the film Le chocolat was shot in Flavigny sur Ozerain, one of the most beautiful villages in France and is only 60km from Dijon!
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Jan 6th, 2006, 12:32 PM
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>...favorite movies and/or books to get yourself in the mood for your france trip?<

You have to get in the mood to go to France? I mean, it's not like you're married...

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Jan 6th, 2006, 12:41 PM
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Hi Ira - No, I don't HAVE to get in the mood to go to France! But before I go on a trip, I love to watch movies, listen to music, read books etc. that gets me even more excited to go! About a month before i'll start renting movies every weekend that has something to do with my trip. It gets me even more giddy (sp?) about going!

Yes, I am a travel addict.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 01:21 PM
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Beatchick - Please tell me where that French Kiss scene in Montmartre is. We have been trying to figure it out, but have not been successful. Thank you.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 01:34 PM
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If you are going to the Limoges area a good movie to see is Les Destinees. It is about a family in the pottery making business and spans several generations of family members. Definitely worth renting(Blockbuster).
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Jan 6th, 2006, 01:55 PM
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Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire in _Funny Face_ is my favorite movie set in Paris.

I also love _Before Sunset_ (the sequel to Before Sunrise) in which Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy meet up again in Paris after all these years.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 02:39 PM
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There's an earlier long thread on this subject, with many more recommendations--you might be able to find it via a search.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 03:25 PM
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Claire's Knee, for Lac Annecy.
A Man and a Woman, for Paris Le Mans and the Camargue.
Entre Nous-Lyons.
Jean de Florette, Manon of the Springs-Provence, as are My Father's Glory, My mothér's Castle.
thieves-Lyon.
Wild Reeds-Villeneuve-sur-Lot.
Les Biches- St Tropez.
My Night at Maud's-Clermont-Ferrand.
La Ceremonie, Horse of Pride-Brittany.
Muriel-Boulogne.
The Wild Child-the Auvergne.
La Cage Aux Folles-St Tropez.



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Jan 6th, 2006, 04:57 PM
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Parisonmymind2,

It's the rue Paul Albert & rue Feutrier!! To the west of Sacré Coeur. Which fits in with Luc going up the west steps to Nôtre Dame to discover the necklace was missing.

Boy, what a walk Kate must have had trying to go down the west side of Montmartre to get to the American Embassy. No wonder she could never see the Eiffel Tower!!
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Jan 6th, 2006, 05:00 PM
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I'm sorry, he goes the west steps to Sacré-Coeur!

Oh, and I just figured this out last weekend. I was so excited!

Here's one of those movie threads:
http://fodors.com/forums/threadselec...=2&tid=1279883
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Jan 6th, 2006, 05:11 PM
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This information is probably in one of the other Paris movie threads, but An American in Paris does not have a single scene shot in Paris. I really don't like the movie, but aside from my personal taste, it can't get you in the mood for France, because none of it is shot in France.

There are a few moments of stock footage, but you can do better by watching any of the other films listed here.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 05:15 PM
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Funny Girl is another film that's mostly backlot sets.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 05:17 PM
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the old Francoise Sagan books and films are worth a view.
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Jan 6th, 2006, 06:15 PM
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This is fantastic! just what I was looking for!

Beatchick - thanks for the link. I just read that entire thread and added a TON of movies to my list for Blockbuster! I only have two months and I probably have a movie to watch everyday until then!
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