Few things evoke a strong desire to travel than watching Paris come alive on the screen. The City of Lights has had a notable role in several TV programs and movies. Here are some of the best Paris-based movie scenes shot in real-life locations. If you have a habit of identifying locations from films you like, then this list may be for you.
Gare du Nord
Newly arrived in the French capital, Matt Damon’s spy-gone-rogue character Jason Bourne ditches his bag full of espionage stuff inside a locker at this railway station in 2002’s “The Bourne Identity”. We get a glimpse of the stunning station with Beaux-Arts architecture in the scene. Bourne would later make a reentry to Gare du Nord in 2007’s “The Bourne Ultimatum”.
People buy postage stamps in this open-air market in Paris. This is where philatelists survey collectible and rare stamps, and they will recognize it as that place. However, film buffs may identify it from “Charade”, the James Bond-like thriller from 1963. Peter Joshua (Cary Grant) and Regina Lampert (Audrey Hepburn) spy on Tex Panthollow (James Coburn) as creepy circus music is playing in the background.
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
Ever since Christopher Nolan filmed his 2010 mind-bender of a thriller, fans have come to recognize Pont de Bir-Hakeim as the “Inception Bridge.” If you have seen this movie, then there is no way you do not recall the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s “Dom Cobb” teaches Ellen Page’s “Ariadne” the early lessons in shared dreaming. The bridge offers a view of Paris’s Eiffel Tower, and it is a popular location for photography. The immersive architecture of Pont de Bir-Hakeim is itself worth a trip.
The Musée Rodin
There is perhaps no better cinematic love letter to the City of Lights than Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris”. This museum named after Auguste Rodin serves as the setting to a scene where Carla Bruni’s guide shows Owen Wilson’s “Gil” and Rachel McAdams’ “Inez” around the stunning grounds. When on their Musee d Orsay tour, they stand in front of “The Thinker”, which is the iconic statue by Rodin.
The Musée du Louvre
How can one talk about films set in Paris city and not mention the supporting role of the Musée du Louvre in Ron Howard’s “The Da Vinci Code”? Its first and last scenes take place in the cavernous halls here. Pretend to be the symbologist of Tom Hanks for a while and follow the path of bronze medallions at the Musée du Louvre to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes. There is even a Louvre Museum tour devoted to “The Da Vinci Code”.