A MOV­ING JOUR­NEY

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The won­der­ful world of cin­ema can be dis­cov­ered right in Paris at La Ciné­math­èque française, home to one of the finest col­lec­tions and archives in the world de­voted to film. It was back in 1936 that Henri Lan­glois, a French film ar­chiv­ist, cinephile and a pioneer in film preser­va­tion, cre­ated La Ciné­math­èque française to save from de­struc­tion films, pro­jec­tion ma­chines, cos­tumes, posters and other cine­matic trea­sures. He would be given an Hon­orary Os­car in 1974, “for his un­tir­ing de­vo­tion to the art of film, for his mas­sive con­tri­bu­tions to­wards pre­serv­ing its his­tor­i­cal past and for his unswerv­ing faith in its fu­ture.”

Eight decades later the world of cin­ema that Lan­glois en­deav­oured to con­serve lives on in a light-filled mod­ern build­ing de­signed by Frank O. Gehry in which the world of mo­tion pic­tures is re­vealed through a mu­seum, ex­hi­bi­tions, pro­jec­tions, a film li­brary and book­shop. it of­fers a com­plete cine­matic ex­pe­ri­ence for film lovers and is a per­fect place for neo­phytes to dis­cover cin­ema of the world, of all ages and of all gen­res.

Vis­i­tors en­ter the Gehry build­ing, which is built around a mon­u­men­tal hall that is thor­oughly drenched by in­com­ing light and out­fit­ted with large bay win­dows and small bal­conies, and within will dis­cover col­lec­tions where over 40,000 films, 3000 cos­tumes, 23,000 posters, 14,000 draw­ings and 2,300 ob­jects are con­served. For con­ser­va­tion, restora­tion and en­rich­ment are the mis­sions of La Ciné­math­èque française, which lends as much im­por­tance to non-film ob­jects (archives, books, pro­jec­tion ma­chines and cam­eras, ac­ces­sories and cos­tumes), as it does to films.

La Ciné­math­èque’s Musée du Cinéma ex­hibits some 600 ob­jects en­abling vis­i­tors to jour­ney over three cen­turies into the uni­verse of an­i­mated images. Magic Lanterns, op­ti­cal boxes as well as cos­tumes worn by, among oth­ers, Vivien Leigh and Greta Garbo, are on hand as well as a host of ex­tra­or­di­nary ob­jects, no­tably the ro­bot from Me­trop­o­lis by Fritz Lang and the head of Mrs Bates in Psy­cho by al­fred Hitch­cock.

Tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions de­voted to ma­jor fig­ures in film are reg­u­larly pre­sented as well. The ital­ian film di­rec­tor, pro­ducer and screen­writer ser­gio Leone is be­ing show­cased in an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled il était une fois ser­gio Leone (Once Upon a Time: ser­gio Leone) which is run­ning from Oc­to­ber 10th, 2018 through to Jan­uary 27th, 2019 while the ex­hi­bi­tion Fellini/ Pi­casso will be on from april 3rd, 2019 through to July 28th, 2019.

some 40 films are pro­jected each week at La Ciné­math­èque française in the es­tab­lish­ment’s four movie the­atres with pro­grammes re­volv­ing around ma­jor di­rec­tors, ac­tors and tech­ni­cians but also the young gen­er­a­tion of film­mak­ers. a host of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing con­fer­ences and mas­ter classes are also or­gan­ised around the pro­jec­tion pro­grammes. There is also an ex­cel­lent restau­rant serv­ing home­made dishes us­ing sea­sonal prod­ucts.

51 rue de Bercy (12th), 01 71 19 33 33 www.cin­e­math­eque.fr

ARC DE TRI­OM­PHE

The tri­umphal arch com­mis­sioned by Napoleon and fin­ished in 1836 stands in the cen­tre of the Place Charles de Gaulle and boasts a fab­u­lous view of the Champs-Elysées and in­cludes the tomb of the Un­known Sol­dier. Visit the in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit on the his­tory sur­round­ing the Arch. Open daily 10am-10:30pm, times may vary, last ad­mis­sion 45 min­utes be­fore clos­ing, Adults 12€, Chil­dren un­der 18 and EU cit­i­zens un­der 26: Free. Closed De­cem­ber 25th www.paris- arc- de-tri­om­phe.fr Place Charles de Gaulle (8th), 01 55 37 73 77. M° Charles- de-Gaulle-Etoile

LA CONCIERG­ERIE

A medieval royal res­i­dence with Gothic halls, used as a prison in the Revo­lu­tion. Daily 9:30am-6pm, times may vary, last tick­ets, 30 min­utes be­fore clos­ing time. Adults 9€, Chil­dren un­der 18 and EU cit­i­zens un­der 26, free. Closed De­cem­ber 25th www.paris- concierg­erie.fr 2 blvd du Palais (1st), 01 53 40 60 80. M° Cité

EIF­FEL TOWER

Built as a tem­po­rary ex­hibit for the 1889 World’s Fair, the iron struc­ture now sym­bol­ises Paris the world over. The tower sparkles with twin­kling lights ev­ery hour on the hour from twi­light to 2am. From Jun 15 through Sept 1 9am-12:45am (stairs and lifts, last ad­mis­sion stairs, last lift mid­night). From Sept 2 through Jun 14 lift open daily 9:30am-11:00pm, From Sept 2 through Jun 14 stairs open daily 9:30am-6:30pm. Last en­tries 45 min­utes be­fore clos­ing. En­try fee (10-25€ for adults) de­pends on how high you go. There is a glass floor on the first floor 57 me­tres above Paris and a cham­pagne bar is on the top of the tower, open from 12 to 10pm. www.tour- eif­fel.fr Ave Gus­tave Eif­fel (7th), 01 44 11 23 23. M° Tro­cadéro

NOTRE-DAME CATHE­DRAL

Con­structed be­tween 1163 and 1345, it is a Gothic mas­ter­piece. Free guided tours in English Wed and Thurs at 2pm & Sat at 2:30pm. Ex­pe­ri­ence Quasi­modo’s view of Paris from the tow­ers Apr-Sept 10am-6:30pm week­days; Oct-Mar 10am-5:30pm; Sat-Sun; Jul-Aug un­til 11pm on Fri & Sat. Last tick­ets 45 min­utes be­fore clos­ing. An on-site in­ter­ac­tive dis­play or the ap­pli­ca­tion Je­file lets you en­vis­age the wait for vis­it­ing the tow­ers and to re­serve your time. 10€. www.tours-notre- dame- de-paris.fr 6 Parvis Notre- Dame (4th), 01 42 34 56 10 . M° Cité

PALAIS GARNIER–OPERA DE PARIS

De­signed by ar­chi­tect Charles Garnier, and a bril­liant ex­am­ple of Sec­ond Em­pire architecture. Daily vis­its on your own, 10am-4:30pm (adults 11€, stu­dents and un­der 25, 7€). For more in­for­ma­tion: 08 92 89 90 90. Guided tours in English daily at 11am and 2:30pm (15.50€). For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on guided tours call 08 25 05 44 05. Place de l’Opéra (9th). M° Opéra

SAINTE CHAPELLE

A jewel-like chapel on the Ile de la Cité in the court­yard of the Palais de Jus­tice with High Gothic stained glass win­dows, at its finest on days when there isn’t a cloud in the sky. Jan-Mar 9am-5pm; Apr-Sept 9am-7pm; Oct-Dec 9am-5pm, last tick­ets 30 min­utes be­fore clos­ing time. 10€. Com­bined ticket with La Concierg­erie 15€. Free for chil­dren un­der 18 and EU cit­i­zens un­der 26. Closed De­cem­ber 25th. www.sainte- chapelle.fr 2 blvd du Palais (1st), 01 53 40 60 97. M° Cité

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Ser­gio Le one, 1966

Arc de Tri­om­phe

Sainte Chapelle

La Concierg­erie

Notre-Dame Cathe­dral

Arc de Tri­om­phe

Eif­fel Tower

Palais Garnier - Opéra de Paris

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