There seems to be an increase of Hollywood film locations in Paris over the last few years. Blockbuster ocean-hoppers are either using it as a cool, urban cityscape in which to stage elaborate chase scenes or for bars and quaint streets that have a certain je ne sais quoi that other countries just don’t have.
You might be surprised to learn that some of your favourite film locations aren’t in the USA like you thought they were. Or, that you assumed these Hollywood film locations set in Paris weren’t actually filmed in Paris. And you might be wrong! Let’s take a little look-see, shall we?
Hollywood Film Locations in Paris
La La Land (2016) dir. Damien Chazelle
Where: La Caveau de la Huchette, 5 Rue de la Huchette, 75005
The authentic Parisian jazz club appears for mere moments in La La Land. When Mia and Sebastian travel to what seems like a dreamy alternate reality of Paris, the bar is the real deal. Apparently, it’s popularity with tourists has increased massively since the film’s release. Goodness knows why, right?
Inglorious Basterds (2009) dir. Quentin Tarantino
Where: La Renaissance Bistro, 112 Rue Championnet, 75018
Tarantino only chose one Paris location for his WWII set film, despite most of the film being set there. Nope, it was mainly shot in Germany. But the one location Tarantino shot in Paris was this small bar where Shoshanna realises that Frederick Zoller is worth her attention. Tarantino had noticed the bar in the film Le Sangue Des Autres (1984) and had barely changed since.
Inception (2010) dir. Christopher Nolan
Where: Pont de Bir-Hakeim, 2 Quai de Grenelle, 75015
This must be the number one Hollywood film location in Paris for film fans. Hec, even the fictional character Ben Wyatt from Parks and Recreation had to see the Inception bridge on his fictional trip to Paris!
Paris is a major film location in Inception, but the MVP is this bridge. It’s where Cobb teaches Ariadne the dangers of doing unusual things in dream-world. But it’s probably more memorable because it’s a really weird and beautiful looking bridge.
Now You See Me (2013) dir. Louis Leterrier
Where: Pont des Arts, 75006
This bridge has appeared in its fair share of films and TV shows. It’s where Mr Big tells Carrie that she is the one in the season finale of Sex and the City, it features in Amélie and also in the next two Hollywood movies on this list.
This bridge is the very last scene in the film. And it’s where the Fifth Horseman FINALLY reveals himself to the Four Horsemen.
The Bourne Identity (2002) dir. Doug Liman
Where: Grande Arche de la Defense, 1 Parvis de la Défense, 92800
Another country-hopping film that partly takes place in Paris, there was a lot of film locations to choose from. The Grande Arche de la Defense is a stand-out because it’s the big white cube-like structure where Bourne checks out the Alliance Securite Maritime. It’s a little outside of Paris city centre in the heart of the business district.
Taken (2008) dir. Pierre Morel
Where: Fouquet’s, 99 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008
Even if you’ve not seen Taken, you probably still know that Liam Neeson is playing a character with a specific set of skills that could come in handy when you need to find bad guys and kill them. What you might not know is Liam Neeson spends over half of the film in Paris hunting down said bad guys.
When Liam Neeson (okay, his character’s name is Bryan) first gets to Paris he tracks down one of his old CIA buddies and they chew the fat. The Champs-Élysées is a famous part of Paris so it’s good that Bryan got in some sightseeing in between saving his family.
Thunderball (1965) dir. Terence Young
Where: 35 Avenue d’Eylau, 75116
This might seem like an ordinary address in Paris, but that is exactly what it is not! This address is SPECTRE HQ. It not only offers absolute decretion but a crackin’ view of the Eiffel Tower.
A View To A Kill (1985) dir. John Glen
Where: Eiffel Tower, Champ de Mars, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007
Speaking of the Eiffel Tower… James Bond chases baddie Zorin’s sidekick Grace Jones up the Eiffel Tower. Almost at the top, she makes an incredible leap off the Eiffel Tower onto the gardens below. You can always rely on Bond films to be bigger and better than all of the rest.