Paris by Hollywood



ISBN: 9782080201270 Category:

Christian Delage, Marc Cerisuelo, Jean-Christophe Ferrari


This comprehensive volume examines Tinseltown’s fascination with the City of Light, from silent movies through to modern blockbusters. Romantic, elegant, and enticing, Paris has fascinated American filmmakers for over a century. As habile in accommodating a romantic comedy or mystery as it is in hosting an action-packed thriller, it is by far the foreign city that appears most frequently in Hollywood movies. In Paris by Hollywood, essays by eminent film experts and commentators uncover Hollywood’s role in the cultivation of now timeless Parisian clichés, examining seminal films such as An American in Paris, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Sabrina. Chapters on Audrey Hepburn’s Parisian persona; Disney’s and Woody Allen’s personifications of Paris; Hollywood’s depictions of the French Revolution; and the American fascination with the enigmatic, glamorous “Parisienne” explore a cultural relationship that owes as much to the allure of Paris itself as to Hollywood’s desire to paint a picture of European exoticism. Interviews with eminent filmmakers and actors including Martin Scorsese, Julie Delpy, and Leslie Caron bring us behind the scenes and provide intimate insider’s perspective. Insightful analysis explores the reasons why Hollywood has invested and continues to invest so much in depicting the French capital; an often mutually-beneficial economic and cultural relationship. Covering over 100 years of movie-making, from silent films to the animated world of Disney, via Cancan films and action-packed blockbusters, Paris by Hollywood is the perfect companion for lovers of American cinema and those captivated by the magic of the French capital.

Additional information

Weight 1834 g
Dimensions 24.8 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Flammarion S.A.
Publication date 9 November 2012
Number of pages 288
Format Hardback
Contributors Edited by Antoine De Baecque, Text by Jean-Yves de Lépinay
Dimensions 24.8 x 28.8 cm
Weight 1834 g