About 900 film shootings take place in Paris every year.
To satisfy movie lovers, travel guides have chosen the cinema as the theme for some of their best tours.
Be the star on the City of Light greatest movie sets
Blockbuster films like Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain or Da Vinci Code attract visitors on the most famous film locations in Paris.
For those who have watched the latest Mission Impossible: Fallout with Tom Cruise, 15 sets in the very heart of Paris are featured, for example the Trocadero esplanade, the Grand Palais, the Bercy heliport, the Palais-Royal gardens…
Montmartre, a widely renowned shooting set in Paris
Lise Pires, who has in-depth knowledge on the topic, being both a guide and an extra, organizes weekly guided tours in Paris on the theme of cinema. Among all famous film shoots locations in the city, Montmartre is her favorite.
Interest for these walks has been renewed by the reputation of Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. Families, movie lovers, artists, tourists … come to explore Paris in an original way.
Some great classic French movies include scenes that have been shot in Montmartre. Among others, let’s name La grande vadrouille (1966), Mesrine (1984), L’auberge espagnole (2001), La Môme (2007), or Dalida (2017).
During a visit in Montmartre, the Paris tour private guide will make a stop to allow participants see some memorable filming sets like the grocery store Maison Collignon, which appears in Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain.
For other professionals like Patricia Firriolo, director of France Tourisme, a Paris travel planner, the film Da Vinci Code was so successful that it generated great enthusiasm for guided tours about cinema.
Number of movie lovers, especially coming from the US and Asia, suddenly showed increased interest for a visit of the Louvre Museum.
Progressively, the tours’ route have included other districts to adapt to new films. From September to June, a minimum of six visits are organized every week to allow visitors join at their convenience.
Luc Besson’s Cité du Cinéma, incredible shooting complex located in the northern Paris suburbs, is also in very high demand among visitors.
This tour operator makes visitors experience something fantastic by allowing them to be actors for few hours.
One thing is certain: The City of Light’s natural settings make it the perfect choice for French and foreign film makers.