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Ten walking tours let you be the star on the greatest movie set in the world. From Truffaut and Godard to Hanks and Hepburn, Paris has been a magnet for filmmakers and movie stars, whose careers don't seem complete unless they've made at least one film in the world's most romantic location. Now see it from a whole new angle through the lenses of famous directors. Four walks take you past all of Paris's famous sites while telling which stars walked these same streets before you and where they paused to kiss or ...
Ten walking tours let you be the star on the greatest movie set in the world. From Truffaut and Godard to Hanks and Hepburn, Paris has been a magnet for filmmakers and movie stars, whose careers don't seem complete unless they've made at least one film in the world's most romantic location. Now see it from a whole new angle through the lenses of famous directors. Four walks take you past all of Paris's famous sites while telling which stars walked these same streets before you and where they paused to kiss or kill. Four more explore hidden nooks that tourists often overlook, and two offer a taste of the Old Paris of '30s and '40s film classics. In addition, a Further Afield chapter features locations that allow you to explore some of Paris's flea markets, green spaces, suburbs, and other areas of interest to visitors and moviemakers. Along the way, the author provides commentary to enrich your appreciation of what you're seeing as you sip a glass of wine or enjoy a coffee at a sidewalk cafe. Each walk starts and ends at a Metro stop for easy access from wherever you may be staying in the City of Light. Maps make it easy to follow the routes, and a film index guides you to the locations used in 160 films, ranging from The Bourne Identity, The Da Vinci Code, and The Devil Wears Prada to oldies but goodies like Charade and Sabrina and such French New Wave classics as Breathless and The 400 Blows. A fresh, fun, low-cost way to explore Paris-for the first time or the fiftieth.
PREQUEL WALK 1: The Edge of the Fashion District to the Ile-St-Louis WALK 2: Marais to Mouffle WALK 3: Park Monceau to the Elysee Palace WALK 4: Around Montmartre WALK 5: Pont de l'Alma to Beyond the Eiffel Tower WALK 6: St-Germain to Montparnasse WALK 7: The Opera to Sentier WALK 8: Place de Clichy to the Immigrants' Montmartre THE PARIS OF CLASSIC FRENCH CINEMA WALK 9: Around Canal Saint-Martin WALK 10: Belleville to Pere Lachaise FURTHER AFIELD WHAT TO WATCH BEFORE YOU COME INDEX MAPS Walk Locator Map Walk 1 Walk 2 Walk 3 Walk 4 Walk 5 Walk 6 Walk 7 Walk 8 Walk 9 Walk 10 Paris Metro Map
Posted April 5, 2010
I love movies and Paris is my favorite city. The author must have spent months researching to sniff out these locations. Amazing! Reading the instructions make me feel I'm already there and make me want to visit Paris PRONTO! Bravo, Michael Schurmann!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 1, 2009
If you have ever watched a movie set in Paris, like "Amelie" or "The Bourne Identity" and sighed "I wish I could go there," then today is your lucky day, mes amis. Michael Schurmann literally has done the leg work to make your dream a reality in his uniquely refreshing guide Paris Movie Walks: Ten Guided Tours Through the City of Lights! Camera! Action! The author divides your exploration of Paris into ten walking tours that allow you to take a peek through the lens of your favorite movies. Everyone knows that one of the best way to see a foreign city is in the company of a knowledgeable and entertaining friend who knows the city like the back of their hand. This handy book is that friend indeed!
Schurmann divides the tours into three parts: tours of the "essential sights" of Paris (like the Louvre, Notre-Dame, etc.), tours of the lesser known but still notable sights (i.e., Montparnasse, the Opera quarter,) and tours through the city's renowned working-class neighborhoods. If you still have some juice left in our legs, there is a "Further Afield" chapter highlighting Parisian locales that Schurmann couldn't bare to leave out, such as street markets, parks, and indoor shopping arcades. The author advises a minimum of three hours for each walking tour, and much more if you take advantage of the many museums, shops, restaurants and popular destinations. Each walk begins and ends at a Metro station, and a map of the system is provided as well as a number of other helpful maps. Paris Movie Walks is peppered with lovely black and white photographs that capture the charming beauty of Paris while stimulating the armchair traveler to stand up and make an airline reservation tout de suite.
Schurmann has thought of everything a walking tourist would need to know. Indeed Paris Movie Walks came about when he realized that friends who visited him in Paris, where he has lived since 1993, were more interested in spots that were featured in movies rather than "endless lists of French monarchs and their annoying mistresses." Thus the author has written Paris Movie Walks in the engaging, entertaining tone of a friend leading the reader through the cinematic landmarks of Paris. Along the way, he informs about French culture, daily life, major and minor landmarks, restaurants and dining tips, and, yes, even historical anecdotes from time to time. This book is overflowing with handy, precise words-for-the-wise as well as an ample serving of insider's tips and exclusive tidbits. For example, we learn that the famous restaurant Maxim's, though featured in "Gigi," "Moulin Rouge" and "How to Steal a Million," is considered over-rated. Even if you don't love the movies, the dining tips alone might be well worth the price of this book.
Excusez-moi. I haven't even gotten to the raison d'etre for this book, the movie facts. The primary tours in Paris Movie Walks abundantly overflow with choice cinematic references. Schurmann tells you where to stand and look to provide a shot-by-shot, behind the lens view of certain movies.
Quill says: If you love movies, read this book. If you love Paris, read this book. If you love movies about Paris, buy this book and make your airline reservation today.
Posted December 8, 2009
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