Paris vu par Hollywood: Exhibit at l’Hotel de Ville

On Monday my film class visited l’Hotel de Ville to see the current exhibition: Paris vu par Hollywood. The timing of this exhibit is impeccable, as it is essentially our class in exhibit form. It discusses the way Paris is portrayed in American films–the stereotypes, the glorification, the romanticization–and features movie clips, posters, sketches, props, and letters between people involved with the films. For the fashion-minded, the costume sketches are beautiful and there are even some original costumes used in the films. Three of the featured films are ones we’ll be watching in class: An American in Paris, Funny Face, and Midnight in Paris. But the exhibit includes many more than that. I was especially excited to see that The Aristocats made an appearance on the screen over the exhibit room; it’s an old favorite of mine and I had totally forgotten it took place in France. The text accompanying the props and such is in French only, but I was able to make out a lot of what it said even with my very limited French background. It took me about an hour to look at everything and that was with struggling to understand the French text. The exhibit is open until December 15th, so if you’re in the area I recommend checking it out!

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