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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Paris As Seen By Hollywood

Exhibition catalog cover
Audrey Hepburn in Charade,1963.  Directed by Stanley Donen.
This gorgeous exhibition at the Hôtel de Ville in Paris, September 18- December 15, 2012,  explores the American film industrie's continuing fascination with Paris.
It is very well documented with running films, stills, original designs, and costumes.

Gigi (Leslie Caron) the young courtesan-in-training is being instructed to identify
jewels of high intrinsic value by  Aunt Alicia, (Isabel Jeans, 1891-1985)

 "What Is this?"
Gigi hesitates " A topaz"
 A topaz!, amongst my jewels are you mad!? This is a yellow diamond of the first quality.

A still from my 1992 book Hollywood Jewels.
Greta Garbo plays Marguerite Gauthier in Camille, 1939.
Adapted from the 1852 novel by Alexandre Dumas
La Dame aux Camélias

We will never be the same after Sofia Coppola's delicious Marie Antoinette  2006

This luscious film is a confection, it is so beautifully designed.

So This is Paris 1926
From silent films, with the supreme sophistication of
Ernst Lubitsch.
to John Huston's 1952 film Moulin Rouge

Costumes by  Marcel Vertes

 by Vertes

Zsa Zsa Gabor

 Brooch design from the Mauboussin Archives
I have handled the realized brooch, the stocking are black enamel, oh la la.

Miss Gabor's costumes by the fabulous Elsa Schiaparelli.

 Paris influenced Hollywood and Hollywood influenced Paris in return.

We never tire of  the tales of courtesans, the Can Can
of the gilded Fin de Siècle!

 Cheri, Bel Ami!
the prostitutes of Pigalle

 Irma La Douce 1963
Shirley Maclaine, from Pigalle to the dueling dowagers of Downton Abbey

The brilliant comedic genius of Blake Edwards.
The Pink Panther 1963

Ratatouille, 2008
Disney Pixar

 Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris 2011

Martin Scorsese's Hugo 2011

We will always have Paris.  The Paris of our dreams, and collective imaginings.
The exhibition highlights the many many talents involved in bringing a film to the screen. 
Acting,writing, adapting, designing, art direction, directing, 
sound, music lighting, set location to name just a few.

Come to Paris, go see the exhibition.


P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

ah to Come to Paris-I am a WOody Allen fan-so of course his Midnight in Paris suited me. I am glad I saw HUGO-but not a fav. Gigi is though one of my all time favorites of the musicals-yes I remember it well. pgt

Debra Healy said...

PGT How lovely to hear from you! Your blog continues to delight with ever more beauty. It's cumulative.
All the best, Debra