VERY SOON WE WILL BE SEEING TWO MAJOR FRENCH FILMS WHICH, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, ARE RELATED TO PARIS IN SPANISH CINEMAS. FIRSTLY, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, STARRING CATHERINE DENEUVE AND EMILIE DEQUENNE, BY ANDRÉ TECHINÉ; A DRAMATIC STORY BASED ON A REAL-LIFE EVENT THAT SHOOK FRANCE RECENTLY CONCERNING A FALSE ACCUSATION OF ANTI-SEMITISM. A YOUNG GIRL CONCOCTS THIS STORY IN ORDER TO IMPRESS HER MOTHER AND HER BOYFRIEND, WHICH LEADS TO A MEDIA UPROAR IN WHICH THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC IS FORCED TO INTERVENE. AND SECONDLY, TRÉSOR, BY CLAUDE BERRI AND FRANÇOIS DUPEYRON, A BRILLIANT COMEDY WHICH HAS BROKEN BOX OFFICE RECORDS IN FRANCE, STARRING ALAIN CHABAT, MATHILDE SEIGNER AND THE UNFAILINGLY WONDERFUL FANNY ARDANT. THESE NEW RELEASES BRING TO MIND THE INFINITE NUMBER OF FILMS WHICH IN PREVIOUS YEARS HAVE USED THE ?CITY OF LIGHT? AS A BACKDROP.
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We are gong to recall, albeit very briefly, some of the most significant cinematographic productions filmed in the squares, boulevards and famous settings of the beautiful French capital.
Paris, je t?ame [Paris, I Love You ], an novel experiment; the story is told in several independent episodes, which occur in different quarters of Paris and the themes of which vary from drama to comedy.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, a dark tale based on the famous novel by Patrick Süskind; for this film a faithful recreation of eighteenth-century Paris was required. The protagonist attempts to distil the scent of the feminine essence itself from the bodies of the women he murders.
Jean Luc Godard, known as the genius of the French New Wave, brought Jean Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg together in Breathless, about two outcasts who meet, explore, and experience love and betrayal on the Champs Elysées and surrounding streets.
What?s more, Victoria Abril has worked on emblematic films like The Moon in the Gutter, by Jean-Jacques Beineix, accompanied by Gerard Depardieu and Nastassia Kinski, and Max My Love directed by Nagisa Oshima, in which she plays a maid who shares a house with the enormous ape with which Charlotte Rampling is in love, which causes her to develop a strange disease.
Roman Polanski, the controversial Polish director born in Paris, made Frantic, with Harrison Ford and Emmanuelle Seigner, an enthralling thriller, filmed almost entirely on real Parisian sets.
Famous filmmaker Alain Resnais made Muriel, a strange, heart-wrenching drama for which the heroine Delphine Seyrig won an award for her sensitive performance at the Venice Festival.