The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Exploring One of Paris' Most Exceptional Attractions: Cinemas
The Champo theater in Paris. In Paris, there are seemingly endless rues and quais and museums and cafes to explore, which means visitors often hurry past one of the city's greatest attractions: its cinemas. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon.

By: Jake Coyle, AP Entertainment Writer

PARIS (AP).- It may seem backward to travel to one of the most beautiful cities in the world and sit in the dark.

In Paris, there are seemingly endless rues and quays and museums and cafes to explore, which means visitors often hurry past one of the city's greatest attractions: its cinemas.

They're found throughout the French capital — and in particular the Latin Quarter. No city in the world boasts such a bevy of independent theaters, where vibrant repertory series and exciting selections play nightly.

New York might quibble, but most of its independent theaters long ago shuttered. Manhattanites can proudly claim the essential Film Forum, but Parisians can stand on the Left Bank and have nearly a dozen similar options within a five-minute walk.

Spending an entire trip among flickering projections would, of course, be extreme. But it does occasionally rain in Paris and sometimes a cool night at the movies is just the ticket after a day of traipsing around the attractions. And, unlike many destinations in Paris, no one — or perhaps everyone — is a tourist at the movies.

Your first move is to pick up your moviegoing Bible: the weekly Pariscope, which can be had for less than a euro at any newsstand. In it, you'll find a detailed listing of every showing that week. It's in French, but addresses, movie titles and show times are easily understood.

A key point: V.O. signifies version original (with French subtitles), whereas V.F. means version francais (dubbed in French). Now, if your French is poor, you are limited to movies in English, but this is only a slight impediment. Great, old American movies are plentiful and the odds are good that at any moment, a flick with Humphrey Bogart or Woody Allen is showing somewhere is Paris. As with jazz, the French are ardent celebrators of American filmmaking.

This is, after all, a birthplace of cinema. Here, it is the seventh art. So some history is in order, which means a trip to the Cinematheque Francaise.

Any film buff is well aware of the Cinematheque's significance: Formed from Henri Langlois collection in the '30s, its archives and constant screenings have long served as a kind of home base for Paris' film scene. Many of the famed directors of the New Wave, like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard, gathered here, though you can't imbibe this history from its original location. It moved in 2005 to a beautiful, curvaceous building designed by architect Frank Gehry on Parc de Bercy in the 12th arrondissement.

Aside from several fine, modern theaters at the Cinematheque, you can also find the Musee du Cinema, which includes some truly magical artifacts from the history of cinema: Louis Lumiere's 35mm projector, Thomas Edison's kinetoscope, Robert Wiene's expressionist sketches for "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari," a copy of the robot Maria from "Metropolis" made for the museum, and much more.

There are also rotating exhibits at the museum, and the collections — film excerpts, stills and props — will surely whet your movie appetite.

Turning to your Pariscope newspaper, the advice is simple: Follow the movies. See what's playing and go after what intrigues you.

I, for one, generally seek out the great films of the '40s and '50s, some of which found artistic renown through the French. The famed French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema, co-founded by Andre Bazin, was essential to trumpeting the artistry of American genre filmmakers like Howard Hawks and Nicholas Ray.

This is one reason Paris may be the best place to see a film noir, in all its black-and-white, moody, fatalistic grandeur. The films might feature fast-talking detectives in Los Angeles, but a film noir feels most at home in Paris.

The selection on any given week in Paris is usually exceptional. A recent week, for example, boasted an Alfred Hitchcock series, a new print of the Clark Gable-Marilyn Monroe film "The Misfits" (1961), an Al Pacino series, Charles Laughton's "The Night of the Hunter" (1955), the fabulous but lesser known noir "Fallen Angel" (1945), Bogart's "The Enforcer" (1951), Robert Mitchum in 1947's "Crossfire," Sydney Lumet's "The Offense" (1972), the new, touring print of Michael Powell's "The Red Shoes" (1948) and much more.

You'll quickly notice some differences to the Parisian moviegoing style. Show times are often listed for when the ads and trailers start and for when the film actually begins. Popcorn is not something generally eaten at the art house cinemas: Moviegoing is serious business.

Certain theaters are worth seeking out. Le Champo, on the rue des Ecoles, is perhaps the quintessential Parisian art house cinema. First opened in 1938, its survival has at times depended on the support of protesters refusing to allow closure.

If you don't like the selections there, you can always try one of the other fine theaters around the block on rue Champollion. Many of Paris' independent theaters are only a stone's throw from here, including the nicely programmed Action Ecoles. After a movie at the Champo, walk up the hill for a drink outside at one of the cafes on the pleasant, restful Place de la Sorbonne.

One of the oldest cinemas in Paris is the Studio des Ursulines, near the Jardin du Luxembourg on the rue des Ursulines. It was built on the site of a Ursuline convent from the 1600s, and made into a silent film art house in 1926. It now shows first-run movies, but its plush red interior is hard to beat.

On the Right Bank, Cinema Mac-Mahon will always be dear to me, since it was where I first saw "Taxi Driver" on the big screen. It sits in the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, just off the Place Charles de Gaulle.

Studio 28, opened in 1938, is a lovely Montmartre theater and a good destination for "Amelie" fans. This is the place the beloved film's heroine frequented, (and she did chomp on popcorn). If you can, time your visit to coincide with sunset, and from the top of Montmartre watch the lights turn on across Paris as the city dims.

There are other unique theaters, too, like the Pagoda on the rue de Babylone in the 7th arrondissement. True to its name, it's styled after a Japanese temple. If you want a more modern view of Parisian moviegoing, try one of the MK2 theaters. The MK2 Bibliotheque at the Francois Mitterand National Library on the Quai de Seine, has 14 theaters and a futuristic vibe.

The Grand Rex is a movie palace built in 1932 and its main auditorium can seat nearly 3,000. The biggest theater in Paris, it's a common spot for flashy premieres, so the selection is typically first-run films. Its exquisite Art Deco design gives it a fantastical aura, like a grand, fairy-tale cinema.

All of these theaters beam out wondrous films every night. As you exit to the street rubbing your eyes, you might think that the best part of all about moviegoing in Paris is that the city awaiting you outside is hardly less of a dream than the movies.




Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

Cinemas | Paris | Great Attractions | The Cinematheque Francaise |




Last Week News

August 16, 2010

Funerary Masks of Six Maya Rulers on View at the National Museum of Anthropology

Tate Collection Archivist Says Uncovers Real-Life Quasimodo

Florence and State Spar Over Michelangelo's Masterpiece 'David'

Jimi Hendrix Items on Show in His Former London Home

Frank Auerbach Painting Emerges After 30 Years in Private Hands

Bob Dylan to Exhibit at the National Gallery of Denmark

Old Irish Bones may Yield Murderous Secrets in Pennsylvania

Aperture Foundation Announces New Exhibition: "Paul Strand in Mexico"

Orthodox Flock to Once-Banned Holy Site of Sumela Monastery in Turkey

Josef Koudelka's Testimony of the Prague Invasion Opens in Buenos Aires

Jackie O's Pearl Necklace Makes Over the Odds at Bonhams

Richard Deacon at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Strasbourg

MoMA to Present a Weeklong Run of Goran Paskaljevic's Honeymoons

Art Gallery to Save Energy of 80 Households a Year, with "Green Gallery"

US Sound and Media Artist, Stephen Vitiello in Sydney for 20th Kaldor Public Art Project

Clarke Auction's Eighth Fine Auction Opens at Spectacular New Larchmont Location

Tourcoing Fine Arts Museum Announces Eugène Leroy Exhibition

Le Fresnoy to Show "ABC: Contemporary Art from Belgium"

Meeting Points: Ronit Agassi, Gary Goldstein at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

The Indian Empire: Significant Works from the Portvale Collection on View in Sydney

Amon Carter Museum of American Art Receives Federal Digitization Grant

The Woodland Garden Photographs of Theodore Nierenberg to Be Shown at the Bruce Museum

Christopher Henry Gallery Presents the London Biennale 2010

Daniel M. Finley Appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center

Three Contemporary Art Exhibition Concepts to Be Realized Through Major Award to Curators

Freeman's Auctioneers to Sell the Estate of Joseph S. Sorger

August 15, 2010

Turkey's Culture Minister Announces Discovery of Two Tunnels Leading to Ancient Tomb

Aperture Foundation Announces New Exhibition: "Paul Strand in Mexico"

Orthodox Flock to Once-Banned Holy Site of Sumela Monastery in Turkey

Josef Koudelka's Testimony of the Prague Invasion Opens in Buenos Aires

The Reassembled Archaeological Collection of Max von Oppenheim

Museum of Contemporary Art Announces "The Art Auction"

Archaeologists Discover the Tomb of a Teenager Buried for Over 1600 Years

In September, All Eyes will Be on Kees van Dongen Exhibition

Seattle Art Museum Presents Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves

Titanic Salvage Company Wins Award from Virginia Court

High Museum to Offer Half-Price Tickets for Dalí Exhibition

Iconic Ear Pendants by JAR Highlight Christie's October Jewels Sale

Arkansas Arts Center to Present Exhibition of Mexican Art Since 1910

Sacred Artifacts Returned to Northern California Tribe

A Special Exhibition Commemorates the 75th Anniversary of Social Security

Tip: Shepard Fairey Offers Behind-the-Scenes Studio Tour

Ohio-Based Artist Berry van Boekel Exhibits at Country Club

New Amazon Monkey Species Discovered in Colombia

Walker Art Center's Senior Graphic Designer Emmet Byrne Promoted to Design Director

Single-Owner Collection of Whimsical Tobacco Jars to Highlight Summer Auction at Bonhams & Butterfields

MoMA to Celebrate Experimental Filmmaker Barbara Hammer with Exhibition

August 14, 2010

Winner of Bravo's Work of Art, Abdi Farah, to Have Solo Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

In September, All Eyes will Be on Kees van Dongen Exhibition

Seattle Art Museum Presents Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of Quileute Wolves

Titanic Salvage Company Wins Award from Virginia Court

High Museum to Offer Half-Price Tickets for Dalí Exhibition

Iconic Ear Pendants by JAR Highlight Christie's October Jewels Sale

Arkansas Arts Center to Present A Century of Revolution: Mexican Art Since 1910

HBO Archives to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of Documentary Series

Romantics Display Opens at Tate Britain Following Major Re-Hang

Archaeologists from Cardiff University Discover Ancient Roman Buildings

Works by Rackstraw Downes on View this Winter at the Portland Museum of Art

London Show Explores Skin as Human Body's Frontier

Tacheles: Berlin's Alternative Scene Fights for Survival

Century-Old Scotch Pulled from Antarctic Ice at the Canterbury Museum

New Research Suggests Orangutans Not so Solitary

8-Year-Old Painting Prodigy "Mini Monet" is New Art World Star

Installations Highlight the Contemporary Art of the Dallas Museum of Art

President Obama Forcefully Endorses Mosque Near Ground Zero

Nevada Museum of Art Opens Fletcher Benton: The Artist's Studio

The Royal Collection Announces A Victorian Christmas at Windsor Castle

Auction Offers Pieces of Country for Conservation

Maine Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse with Million-Dollar View for Sale

Photographer Returns to Trace Liverpool Families

The AIA Recognizes Nine Projects with the 2010 CAE Educational Facility Design Awards

August 13, 2010

Extremely Rare 2,200-Year Old Gold Coin Uncovered by Excavations at Tell Kedesh

HBO Archives to Celebrate 75th Anniversary of the March of Time® Documentary Series

Romantics Display Opens at Tate Britain Following Major Re-Hang of the Clore Galleries

Archaeologists from Cardiff University Discover Ancient Roman Monumental Buildings

Works by Rackstraw Downes on View this Winter at the Portland Museum of Art

London Show Explores Skin as Human Body's Frontier

Tacheles: Berlin's Alternative Scene Fights for Survival

'Lucy' Species Used Stone Tools, Fossil Study by California Academy Says

Mumbai's Taj Hotel Reopens Sunday After 2008 Attacks

MoMA Launches Free iPhone App, Now Available on App Store

Christina Aguilera Lends Her Voice to Support the Arts

Money Fair in Boston Showcases $100,000 Bills, Rare Coins

NYC Seeks to Reclaim Notable Central Park Drawings

Museum of Modern Art Celebrates Pioneering Filmmaker Ida Lupino

New York City on Track for Record Number of Tourists in 2010

Bonhams to Sell Replica Spitfire for the Royal British Legion

Aspen Art Museum's Summer Benefit Gala artCRUSH Raises $1.5 Million

Renowned International Artists to Display New Works at Beyond/In Western New York

Award-Winning 'Cathy' Comic Strip Ending After 34 Years

BLM Wraps Up Meetings on Colorado River Art Proposal

Dr. Shirley Thomson, Former Director of the National Gallery of Canada, Died

Nashville Last Stop for Masterpieces Before Works Return to Paris

South Korean Fashion Designer Andre Kim Dies at Age 74

Muslim Gravestones Removed from Jerusalem Cemetery

National Museum of American History Accepts Red Hat Society Donation

August 12, 2010

More than a Dozen Multi-Million Dollar Cars Lead RM's Silver Anniversary Monterey Sale

'Lucy' Species Used Stone Tools, Fossil Study by California Academy of Sciences Says

Mumbai's Taj Hotel Reopens Sunday After 2008 Attacks

MoMA Launches Free iPhone App, Now Available on App Store

Christina Aguilera Lends Her Voice to Support the Arts

Money Fair in Boston Showcases $100,000 Bills, Rare Coins

Renowned International Artists to Display New Works at Beyond/In Western New York

Fundació Antoni Tàpies Presents a New Selection of Works from the Collection

Very Original Features: Is this United Kingdom's Oldest Home?

Martin Luther has Wittenberg, Germany in a Stir 500 Years On

Smithsonian Extends Chance to Glimpse Rare Blue Diamond

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis Appoints Dominic Molon as Chief Curator

Two Tableaux Vivants After Regent Portraits by Jan de Bray

Asia's Most Sought after Wine in Pristine Condition with Perfect Provenance

Artistic Explorations by 22 Artists at Benrimon Contemporary

Relic from Darwin's Epic Beagle Voyage for Sale at Bonhams

Rare Communion Silver Bought for Birmingham

Work Begins on Deluxe 17,000-Square-Foot Addition to Dan Morphy Auctions Gallery

It Bag, Watch Out: France's Duvelleroy Folding Fan is Back

Hannah Eidinow's New Street Theatre Commission for the Vauxhall Collective Comes to Edinburgh

Winslow Homer Classic Portrait Featured in American Treasures Stamp Series

SFMOMA to Present Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and The Camera Since 1870

Clare Twomey's First Solo Exhibition in the United States Will Be at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

August 11, 2010

Museum Wiesbaden Restitutes Painting by Dutch Baroque Painter Pieter de Grebber

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Feature Elvis 1956 Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

Oil-Inspired Spread for August Issue of Vogue Italia Stirs Muck

Scarlett's "Gone With the Wind" Dresses in Bad Shape, Need Repairs

Sean O'Harrow Named Director of University of Iowa Museum of Art

Sotheby's Hong Kong to Offer Lots Estimated in Excess of $205 Million

Cabinet Secrets: Exhibition of Prints and Drawings at Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Alberta Artist Materializes Childhood Memory in Elaborate Installation

9/11 Museum Going Up in New York City Offers Raw Experience

New Exhibit by Ritsue Mishima Puts Aberdeen Art Gallery in a Spin

Palazzo Strozzi Announces "Bronzino: Artist and Poet of the Court of the Medici"

Bruce Museum Acquires Sculpture by Gaston Lachaise

Onassis Foundation to Hold a Major Conference on the Greek Cultural Legacy

White House Backdrop is Fine Art

Antiques Dealers Fair Limited to Launch New Boutique Fine Art and Antiques Fair in Leicestershire

Fire at Majdanek Destroys Shoes of Nazi Victims

Mississippi Museum of Art Presents Art by Choice Exhibition, Sale and Auction

Royal Scottish Academy Awards £21,000 to Scottish Artists

Falmouth Acquires Gotch Masterpiece at Record Price

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Roman Emperor Augustus' frescoed rooms unveiled for first time after years of restoration

2.- First stage of the restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's 'Adoration of the Magi' completed

3.- Hollywood actor and 'Conceptual artist' Shia LaBeouf runs around Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum

4.- Exhibition in Rome offers an original interactive journey to discover the city of Augustus

5.- Unique opportunity to see last two works by Rothko and Mondrian side by side

6.- Ai Weiwei explores human rights and freedom of expression in exhibition at Alcatraz

7.- UNESCO seeks answers from Egypt on more than 4,600-year-old 'damaged' pyramid

8.- International Center of Photography announces new Collections Center and Media Lab at Mana Contemporary

9.- British Museum explores the image of the witch and demonised female figures from 1450 until 1900

10.- 'Transformations: Classical Sculpture in Colour' on view at the Glyptotek in Copenhagen



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site