In his film Inception (2010), Christopher Nolan uses mirrors to play with the surroundings in between the steel columns of the Bir-Hakeim Bridge in Paris. This engineering monument, built in the 19th century, fascinates the metro passengers who cross. Between its arches, the Eiffel Tower rises majestically in the background.
Not too far away, the Bois de Boulogne park hides another fabulous seventh art venue. Settle in at the La Grande Cascade, where you can admire the Art Deco vaulted ceilings of this restaurant, which was the setting for some scenes from Belle de Jour, a 1960s drama by Luis Buñuel.
On the Left Bank, wander into the Deyrolle boutique, a large cabinet of curiosities that will surprise you as much as it did director Woody Allen, who featured it in his film Midnight in Paris (2011). You will find everything from strange scientific equipment to extraordinary ores and artwork in the windows of this shop.
On the other side of the Seine, head to Le Bouillon Chartier to dive into the epic story of A Very Long Engagement (2004) by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Wainscoting, woodwork and golden chandeliers will have you reliving this drama set in the early 20th century.
The even more opulent Salle Wagram opens its doors for a great many concerts. This magnificent stage, which was quite popular from the Second Empire to the 19th century, inspired director Bernardo Bertolucci, who filmed part of Last Tango in Paris here in 1972. The walls still remember. Your cinema-filled journey through Paris will leave you with stars in your eyes.
La Grande Cascade
Carrefour de Longchamp
+33(0)1 45 27 33 51
46 rue du Bac
+33(0)1 42 22 30 07
Le Bouillon Chartier
7 rue du Faubourg Montmartre
+33(0)1 47 70 86 29
39-41 avenue de Wagram
+33(0)1 48 42 72 53