mercredi 7 août 2013

Three Americans in Paris


A feel-good film which also reminds how depressively sooty the monuments were in Paris at that time. At 3:10 Audrey Hepburn is standing on a terrace at Montmatre and the second after we see the Hôtel de ville and the river Seine. Just the camera has moved in between since this view is impossible from Montmartre. The second segment was shot on top of the left tower of the Notre-Dame cathedral. And the same goes at 3:23 where the camera now is situated on the roof of the Grand Palais. The reason is that each of the three stands at different locations as we soon discover.

I haven't the sligtest idea what are the structures we see at 3:50 framing the Eiffel Tower on the sides of the screen???

9 commentaires:

Anijo a dit…

At 3:50, might that be the Palais de Chaillot? Just a guess..

Anijo a dit…

And those have to be the Fontaines du Trocadéro. But how they got the fountains and the building all in the same shot looking towards the Eiffel Tower is a mystery.

Anijo a dit…

Pourquoi t'as changé le titre? Et tu es tellement silencieux... hmmm.

Flocon a dit…

Cut off from the Internet much of the day courtesy my ISP. Grrrr...

Yes Anijo, your memory serves you right, the scene apparently was shot from where the Palais de Chaillot stands (ou plutôt down the stairs from the esplanade of the palace) that is from the bottom of this picture.

Ce sont bien les fontaines du Trocadéro en effet (although they may well have been modified since 1957) but what the structures are eludes me. Perhaps were they some provisional post-war buildings?

I'll have to check that point.

Today I went to see the future Louis Vuitton foundation for creation located on the West side of Paris. Another museum (exhibition center rather) in Paris. Built by no less than one of your leading American architects (although he was born Canadian).

Another American architect (Chinese born) did wonders 25 years ago and added another iconic monument to the City of lights.

Please, pray, Anijo, send us more of your US architects in the French cauldron of vice, lust and depravity

Flocon a dit…

Our comments came accross each other over the ocean dear...

I like both titles but the later seemed more appropriate to what we actually see.

Customers are so demanding nowadays... ;-)

Anijo a dit…

The Louis Vuitton foundation for creation is a beautiful building. I imagine it will be an experience to view art exhibits in this place, what with all of the natural light streaming in. That is an unusual name for it though. I guess they mean the creation of art?

Flocon a dit…

Anijo,

In modern French parlance "création" indeed refers to the arts en général. This is the reason why it took me some time to understand your question since it was (erroneously) obvious to me that creation just can't mean anything less but arts when the topic is museums or exhibition center.

Anijo a dit…

Flocon,

I guess living in the United States alters my way of thinking..

See here the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. mdr!

Flocon a dit…

This "creation" misunderstanding - or rather quiproquo - is so tale telling of the differences in different cultures sharing yet so common words. It reminds me of l'Amerloque who more than once reminded how the same word could refer to quite different meanings in French and English.

And in that case it is not even un "faux ami".

I guess 30 years ago "creation" in the US hadn't the meaning it has now taken.

This museum is really freaky and shows how much faith and religions are enemies of reason. Even in the Vatican they wouldn't dare be that foolish.

For the sake of information, it is now 350 years that Spinoza wrote his Tractatus Theologico-Politicus in which he warned that biblical texts shouldn't be reat at face value.

Oh well, some people will never learn...