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  • Au Marché de la Butte. rue des 3 Freres.
    Au Marché de la Butte. rue des 3 Freres.
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  • Rue Galande - Before Sunset
    Rue Galande - Before Sunset
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  • 18, rue Beautreillis - a fave of Jim & Pamela's
    18, rue Beautreillis - a fave of Jim &...
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    Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

    by BeatChick Updated Dec 2, 2007

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    Cafe des Deux Moulins, 15 r. Lepic, Montmartre
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    Café des Deux Moulins
    Where the character Amélie worked as a server.

    This is a typical café bar where you can get all the refreshments you'll need (coffee, drinks, water, and food) for trudging around Montmartre. And of course they have crème brûlée!

    This past trip I also took a photo of the infamous bathroom where Joseph (Dominique Pinon) & Georgette (Isabelle Nanty) do the nasty while Amélie turns up the espresso machine in order to mask Georgette's screams during her throes of passion!

    Directions:
    At the corner of rue Lepic and rue Cauchois; not too far east of Cimetière Montmartre and just south of where Vincent Van Gogh lived at 54 rue Lepic with his brother Theo.

    Alas, they only accept cash but there is a bank machine just up the street (there's a BNP cash machine at 27 r. Lepic)! My only disappointment with the place was that the glass plate that Amélie writes the menus on was not there. And, alas, it is no longer a tabac. Oh well, not everything can be like the movies!

    Photos: April 2003 & November 2007

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    Amélie's Grocer - Collignon -Au Marché de la Butte

    by BeatChick Updated Nov 26, 2007

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    Collignon's Market - Au March�� de la Butte
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    Au Marché de la Butte

    This is the unglamourized version of Collignon's market from the movie Amélie, where Amélie shopped for walnuts & figs/ran her hand through the lentils and where Lucien worked/lovingly tended the endive – around the corner on the left-hand side is a door where in the movie Amélie resides.

    Click here to see my photo of Amélie's café, Café des Deux Moulins.

    Address:
    56, rue des Trois Frères & rue Androuet

    Directions:
    From Métro Abbesses, walk west until you see an opening in the buildings that looks like it goes to a courtyard. This is actually the Passage des Abbesses and will lead you straight up to this market.

    Click here to see MORE MONTMARTRE PHOTOS (where you may view a photo of the entrance to the Passage des Abbesses) or go to my home page (click "Beatchick"), scroll to the bottom & view my Moonstruck in Montmartre album.

    Photos: November 2007

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    Studio 28-Oldest Experimental Theatre in the World

    by BeatChick Updated Jun 16, 2007

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    Art House Theatre - Studio 28
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    Got me a movie I want you to know
    Slicing up eyeballs I want you to know
    Girl, you're so groovy I want you to know
    Don't know about you but how you moving
    (SHAKE!)
    Andalusia...

    ~Debaser
    by the Pixies

    This is in reference to Luis Buñuel's & Salvador Dalí's great Surrealist flick, Un chien Andalou (The Andalusian Dog) wherein one of the scenes shows Buñuel slicing open a woman's eyeball. Indeed, Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí made their first ever showing of their Surrealist film classic L'Âge d'Or (the follow-up to Un chien andalou) here which resulted in riots by right-wing fanatics, religious Catholics & anti-Semites while the movie itself was banned & not shown again until nearly 50 years later in 1979.

    Opened in 1928 (hence the name), Studio 28 was the 1st ever experimental art cinéma theatre in the world. Such notable directors as Jean Cocteau (indeed, Cocteau actually decorated the place!), François Truffaut and Orson Welles have launched works from this tiny theatre before unleashing them on the rest of the world.

    Studio 28 marks an unobtrusive presence on rue Tholozé. Passing by it, one would never guess it's historic significance, its seminal influence. Sadly, the day I found it one of the windows was broken.

    Open Tuesday thru Sunday 3pm - 9pm showing current art & indie films.
    E-mail:
    roulleau.alain@noos.fr
    lestudio28@wanadoo.fr

    Photos: April 2003

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    Rue St. Vincent

    by BeatChick Updated Jun 16, 2007

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    Scene 1 - Pan down Rue St-Vincent - Am��lie
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    On September 3rd 1973, at 6:28pm & 32 seconds, a bluebottle fly capable of 14,670 wing beats a minute landed on Rue St Vincent, Montmartre.

    A pan down rue Saint Vincent (at rue des Saules) is how the movie Amélie opens up. I had to compare – of course the movie is much prettier. I was one of those in 2003 who was tracking down Amelie haunts but forgot to take a photo or it may have been one of those ruined by the scanner at CDG airport (they refused to hand-check the film - arrrgh). Aren't davequ's photos gorgeous, though? Don't they bring you back to that moment in the movie? Be sure to check out his Paris page.

    Photos: Sept 2005 - Many thanks to davequ for the loan of these evocative photos!

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    Where Jim Morrison Died

    by BeatChick Updated Apr 16, 2007

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    Jim Morrison's apt - 17 rue Beautreillis
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    Jim Morrison's Apartment
    17 rue Beautreillis

    Behind the massive green double doors of this is the building, Jim Morrison (lead singer of the '60s & '70s seminal band, The Doors) lived his last days in the early '70s here in Paris and died of a heart attack, perhaps due to a heroin overdose (we'll never know). He was found dead in the bathtub in the wee hours by his common-law wife, Pamela Courson Morrison (who herself died just 2 3/4 years later). If you've seen The Doors movie then you know what I mean.

    Across the street at #18 is a restaurant where Pam & Jim used to dine and where he had one of his last meals.

    Just down the street, rue Beautreillis, I discovered a lovely, crumbling ancient relic, the Hotel Jean Louis Raoul facade. I like to think that Jim passed by here many a time during his rambles in the Marais; I hope he enjoyed it as much as I did.

    Located in an area of the Marais that few tourists will venture into, it is located just a street or two east from the Village St-Paul area nestled between the rue St-Antoine and the Seine.

    Jim now rests in Cimetiere Pere Lachaise while sadly Pamela rests in Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, CA (apparently, her father listed Père Lachaise as her final resting place).

    Photos: February 2006

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    One of Jim Morrison's Favorite Restaurants

    by BeatChick Updated Aug 3, 2006

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    18, rue Beautreillis - a fave of Jim & Pamela's

    18 rue Beautreillis, Marais, 4th arrondissement

    If you're a huge Doors fan like I am then you'll be interested in this tidbit about the Lizard King. This restaurant was once called Restaurant Le Beautreillis and was one of the last places Jim ate before he died. He and Pamela dined here the night of July 1st, 1971; as was usual, they got into an argument, Pam threw some money at him and stormed off. It's now called Le Dindon en Laisse (The Turkey Leaves Some).

    Across the street at #17 was the apartment where Jim passed on "through to the other side".

    Photo: February 2006

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    Rue de l'Ave Maria - Celine & Jesse's Journey

    by BeatChick Updated Jul 16, 2006

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    Rue de l'Ave Maria - Before Sunset
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    In the movie Before Sunset, after their walk up Rue Galande, Celine & Jesse abuptly jump across the river Seine to rue de l'Ave Maria and rue des Jardins St-Paul in the Marais. To get there quickly from here:
    take a left onto Rue de l'Hotel Colbert,
    then a right onto Quai de Montebello,
    continue along Quai de la Tournelle,
    cross the bridge Pont de la Tournelle,
    traverse the Ile St-Louis via Rue des Deux Ponts,
    continue to the Marais across the Pont Marie,
    a right onto Quai des Celestins down 2 blocks to Rue des Jardins St-Paul.
    Just a short block brings you to the intersection of Rue de l'Ave Maria & Rue des Jardins St-Paul. This is roughly a 20-minute walk.

    This is a beautiful area. The Jardins St-Paul area holds the largest section of the 1210 Philippe-Auguste wall, folks play basketball in the Jardins St-Paul area, and to the east of the Rue Jardins St-Paul is Les Antiquaires de Village St-Paul, a great little area full of interconnecting courtyards filled with antique shops.

    Click HERE to continue the journey along rue Charlemagne & rue Eginhard.

    Click HERE to go back to rue Galande.

    Click HERE to start Celine & Jesse's journey.

    Photos: February 2006

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    French Kiss Moment

    by BeatChick Updated May 11, 2006

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    Rues des Rosiers & des Hospitalieres St-Gervais

    Rues des Rosiers & des Hospitalieres St-Gervais
    Marais

    In this scene, Luc (Kevin Kline) has just stolen a motorcyle & rounded the corner from rue des Hospitalieres St-Gervais onto rue des Rosiers in his search for Kate (Meg Ryan). It took me forever to find this location, but in this scene you'll see the familiar blue double doors at the end of the rue des Rosiers which is the entrance to the Passage des Singes. This small passage connects the rue des Rosiers with rue des Guillemites. On this last trip in February, I tried the double doors but they were locked; apparently, it's a private passage.

    In the movie, you can also see the signature yellow facade of famed Jewish boulangerie, Sacha Finkelsztajn.

    In the photo you can see the rue des Hospitalieres St-Gervais to the right, the blue double doors of the Passage des Singes is barely discernable at the end of the street with its archway above it, to the left is Sacha Finkelsztajn one door down.

    Click HERE to see where he goes to next.

    Click HERE to see the location in Montmartre where Kate & Luc argue over money.

    Photo: February 2006

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    French Kiss Moment II

    by BeatChick Written May 11, 2006

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    Corner of rues des Rosiers & des Ecoffes

    Rue des Rosiers & rue des Ecoffes
    Marais

    In his efforts continued pursuit of Kate (Meg Ryan), Luc (Kevin Kline) rounds the corner of rue des Rosiers & rue des Ecoffes. In the scene you see him round the corner from rue des Hospitalieres St-Gervais onto rue des Rosiers, ride his stolen motorcycle a bit down the rue des Rosiers and then around this corner.

    Click HERE to see the corner of rue des Hospitalieres St-Gervais & rue des Rosiers.

    Click HERE to see the location in Montmartre where Kate & Luc argue over money.

    Photo: February 2006

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    Rue St-Julien-le-Pauvre - Céline & Jesse's Journey

    by BeatChick Updated May 8, 2006

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    Rue St-Julien-le-Pauvre - La Friterie
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    Recognize this photo?
    That's right - it's one of the opening sequences to Before Sunset!! Before Sunset is one of those movies that completely captures the imagination about Paris. Compared favorably to other "talky" movies such as My Dinner with Andre and Eric Rohmer films, it's filled with scenes of off-the-beaten-path Paris (you won't even see the Eiffel Tower in this movie). If you've ever visited this city you'll know this film possesses the essence of The City of Light. I saw this movie twice on the big screen (I had to go back just to write down the street names) and now own the DVD and its accompanying soundtrack (a fantastic one complete with Julie Delpy singing). Many people wrote to me asking questions about the different sites of the movie so I felt compelled to write up tips.

    After they meet up in Shakespeare & Co. on rue de Bucherie in the 5th arrondissement, Jesse & Céline walk outside of the bookstore, go right & turn a right onto rue St-Julien-le-Pauvre. On this street is the Hôtel Esmerelda & the English tea room, The Tea Caddy, opened in 1928 by a retired English governess to the Rothschild family. Across the street lies the Square René Viviani.

    Click HERE to continue the journey up rue Galande.

    Click HERE to start Celine & Jesse's journey.

    Photos: April 2003 & Feb 2006

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    The Fatal Image

    by BeatChick Updated Apr 23, 2006

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    H��tel Notre Dame

    Hotel Notre Dame
    1 Quai St-Michel - 5th arrondissement

    Here's another site of a movie, The Fatal Image, starring Michelle Lee & Justine Bateman. Not a bad movie but the Paris scenes are just incredible. In this movie, the hotel is shown briefly during a car chase scene.

    This is located at the crossroads of Quai St-Michel and rue Petit Pont near the Petit Pont that takes you to Notre Dame.

    Photo: Feb 2006

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    UNESCO

    by BeatChick Written Apr 23, 2006

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    URESECO, I mean UNESCO - avenue de Suffren

    Avenue de Suffren - 7th arr

    UNESCO - cleverly disguised (ahem!) under the name of URESCO, where Audrey Hepburn's character, Regina Lampert, worked as a simultaneous translator in the 1963 Stanley Donen thriller classic movie Charade.

    I loved how the purple in the poster mimicked the purple of the sky!

    Photo: Feb 2006

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    Rue Eginhard - Celine & Jesse's Journey

    by BeatChick Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    Rue Eginhard
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    From the Jardins St-Paul area, Celine & Jesse continue their journey in the Marais, wonderfully exemplified by its ancient cobblestoned historic-filled streets. They turn right onto Rue Charlemagne (that big church ahead of you that you saw in Before Sunset is the back of Eglise St-Louis-St-Paul), then dip into Rue Eginhard (a cool little passage with an ancient well), then down Rue St-Paul towards Rue St-Antoine.

    At the corner of Rue St-Paul & Rue St-Antoine is my favorite patisserie in the Marais (and possibly in Paris), Miss' Manon.

    Click HERE to continue the journey to Le Pure Cafe in the 11th arrondissement.

    Click HERE to go back to Rue Jardins St-Paul & Rue de l'Ave Maria.

    Click HERE to start Celine & Jesse's journey.

    Photos: February 2006

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    Rue Galande - Céline & Jesse's Journey

    by BeatChick Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    Rue Galande - Before Sunset
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    From rue St-Julien-le-Pauvre, Jesse & Celine continue their conversation & their walk up rue Galande and continue east to rue Dante; all of this is in the heart of the historic tangle of streets in the Latin Quarter. On the corner to the left is a famous jazz club, Le Caveau des Oubliettes.

    Click HERE to get to the next part of the journey, the crossroads of rue de l'Ave Maria and rue des Jardins St-Paul in the Marais.

    Click HERE to go back to Rue St-Julien-le-Pauvre.

    Click HERE to start Celine & Jesse's journey.

    Photos: April 2003 & Feb 2006

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    Quai Henri IV - Céline & Jesse's Journey

    by BeatChick Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    Bateaux Parisien near Port de l
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    Continuing their journey & their free-flowing conversation in the movie, Before Sunset, Jesse & Celine disembark from the Canauxrama at Port Henri IV. Celine then tells Jesse's driver to drop her off at her apartment near Metro Chateau d'Eau at 18 rue des Petites Ecuries in the 10th arrondissement. The only problem is that the scene for her apartment is actually at the Cour de l’Etoile d’Or in the 11th arrondissement (where they could easily have walked to from Le Pure Cafe or the Promenade Plantee).

    Difficult to locate on a map, even on Les Pages Jaunes, the entrance to the passage/cour is located at:
    75-77 rue du Faubourg Saint-Antoine

    Click HERE to end the journey at Céline's apartment in the Cour de l’Etoile d’Or.

    Click HERE to go back to Port de l'Arsenal.

    Click HERE to start Celine & Jesse's journey.

    Photos: February 2006

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