At the end of Michael Curtiz's Casablanca (1942), Rick (Humphrey Bogart) tells Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman), "We will always have Paris," a phrase that has been repeated in various contexts by not only movie buffs, but also by many other francophiles. Paris is considered the birthplace of cinema (although it was invented elsewhere in France): on the evening of Saturday, December 28, 1895, in the Grand Café on the Boulevard des Capucines, for the first time ever, films—a series of ten shorts by the Lumière brothers—were publicly screened to a paying audience. Paris is, in this respect, the ur-cinematic city. From those early days, many film movements in Paris have since flourished and succeeded each other, including poetic realism, the New Wave, the Left Bank Group, the Cinema du Look, the Cinema de banlieue, along with countless filmmakers who consider themselves independent from any group or movement. Two of the most recent critically acclaimed films made/set in Paris include Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris and Martin Scorsese's Hugo. Paris has been permanently in the spotlight for over 100 years of filmmaking and is still arguably the dream destination for cineastes—and cinephiles—the world over. This week (Sunday, June 10th), Twitter's Movie Talk on Sunday (#MTOS) revisits the City of Light for a lively discussion of Paris in film. The following questions will be tweeted in ten-minute intervals (starting at 8 pm Greenwich Mean Time/3 pm Eastern Standard Time):
Q1. Why does Paris continue to attract/appeal to filmmakers?
Q2. What is/are your favorite film(s) set in Paris, and why?
Q3. Which director(s) most effectively depict Paris onscreen?
Q4. Which film genres are best suited to being set in Paris? What film genres would you like to see more of?
Q5. Have you ever seen a film set/made in Paris that you didn't like? Which one(s), and why?
Q6. If you were a director, would you choose to make/set your film in Paris? Why or why not?
Q7. What actors (male and female) best symbolize the Parisian mystique?
Q8. What are the some of the clichés associated with films set in Paris?
Q9. What are the best known appearances of iconic Parisian sites/monuments/locations/parks in film?
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