Paris by Hollywood

Overview

This beautifully nostalgic and wonderfully insightful 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 as an action-packed thriller, it is by far the foreign city that appears most frequently in Hollywood movies. In Paris by Hollywood, eminent film commentators uncover Hollywood’s role in the cultivation of now...

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Overview

This beautifully nostalgic and wonderfully insightful 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 as an action-packed thriller, it is by far the foreign city that appears most frequently in Hollywood movies. In Paris by Hollywood, eminent film 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; 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 figures including Martin Scorsese, Julie Delpy, and Leslie Caron provide intimate insider’s perspective. Insightful analysis explores the reasons why Hollywood invests so much in depicting the French capital—an often mutually beneficial economic and cultural relationship. Covering more than 100 years of moviemaking, Paris by Hollywood is the perfect companion for lovers of American cinema and those captivated by the magic of the French capital.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This lavish coffee-table book examines Hollywood’s love affair with the City of Light.” ~Los Angeles Times
 
"Paris by Hollywood is the perfect companion for lovers of American cinema and those captivated by the magic of the French capital." ~Turner Classic Movies
 
"Lavishly illustrated with film stills, sketches and publicity materials, the book examines the silent era, “cancan” films, the sophisticated Paris of romantic comedies, Audrey Hepburn’s Parisian persona, the French capital as seen through the lens of Walt Disney and Woody Allen, and more." ~France Magazine

"The author has compiled a collection of photographs and interviews covering more than a century of filmmaking, including chats with Martin Scorsese, Julie Delpy and Leslie Caron. Francophiles and cinephiles alike need look no further than this volume to find themselves spellbound." ~Metrosource NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9782080201270
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 807,686
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Historian and film critic Antoine de Baecque worked as editor-in-chief for Cahiers du Cinéma and the culture section of the French newspaper Libération. He has published several books, including Tim Burton (2011) and Truffaut (2000).

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