THINGS TO SEE

France - - History Trail -

1 La Ciné­math­èque, Paris

Be­gun in the 1930s, ar­chiv­ist Henri Lan­glois’ film col­lec­tion was one of the largest in the world by the be­gin­ning of World War II. Although some films were de­stroyed by the Ger­man oc­cu­piers, Lan­glois saved enough ma­te­rial to form the ba­sis of this blend of cin­ema mu­seum and ar­chive. In ad­di­tion to a vast range of film-re­lated doc­u­ments and arte­facts, the Ciné­math­èque also puts on sched­uled screen­ings and has been in­stru­men­tal in teach­ing and in­spir­ing many film­mak­ers, in­clud­ing those of the Nou­velle Vague. 51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 71 19 33 33 cin­e­math­eque.fr

2 La Bi­b­lio­thèque du Cinéma François Truf­faut, Paris

Start­ing life in the early 1960s as a col­lec­tion of cin­e­mare­lated jour­nals, films, re­views and books, La Bi­b­lio­thèque du Cinéma François Truf­faut – named af­ter the Nou­velle Vague di­rec­tor – oc­cu­pied var­i­ous lo­ca­tions un­der dif­fer­ent names be­fore open­ing in the Fo­rum des Halles in 2008. The li­brary houses 31,700 books, nearly 2,800 CDS of film mu­sic and 17,800 DVDS, all avail­able to bor­row, as well as thou­sands of rare and valu­able film re­views and doc­u­ments. Fo­rum des Halles, Niveau -3, 75001 Paris Tel: (Fr) 1 40 26 29 33 fo­rumde­shalles.com/en/pub­lic/bib­lio­the­quedu cin­ema

3 Ciné Lu­mière, In­sti­tut Français Roy­aume-uni, Lon­don

For cinephiles in the UK look­ing for easy ac­cess to French cin­ema, the Ciné Lu­mière screens both modern and clas­sic films. Chil­dren’s films also fea­ture, and there are of­ten fes­ti­vals and events. 17 Queens­berry Place, Lon­don SW7 2DT Tel: 0207 871 3515 in­sti­tut-fran­cais.org.uk/ cine-lu­miere

4 La Cité du Cinéma, Saint-de­nis

Prov­ing that France’s com­mit­ment to world-class cin­ema looks to the fu­ture as well as the past, La Cité du Cinéma – dubbed Hol­ly­wood­sur-seine – was es­tab­lished in 2012 by di­rec­tor/pro­ducer Luc Bes­son as a cen­tre for stu­dio pro­duc­tions, meet­ings and ex­hi­bi­tions. Take a guided tour of the im­pres­sive build­ing to see the process of get­ting a film on to the screen. 20 Rue Am­père, 93413 Saint-de­nis Tel : (Fr) 1 73 03 60 03 cit­e­ducin­ema.org

5 The streets, bridges, bars and cafés of Paris

From the Nou­velle Vague direc­tors to modern French, and in­deed main­stream global cin­ema, Paris has long ex­erted a unique at­trac­tion. It is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble to tread a pave­ment or visit a café that has not seen a char­ac­ter from the big screen. Go for a stroll and you may just hear the echo of a clap­per­board. Visit paris­info.com for filmthemed walk ideas.

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