Eiffel Tower in film | France News

Few famous monuments have had a more impressive film career than the Eiffel Tower. As a film about its construction hits theaters, Peter de Villiers sees big-screen performances of the iconic structure.

Tall, dazzling and gorgeous from every angle, the Eiffel Tower is the perfect movie star. It should come as no surprise, then, that France’s most recognizable structure has been appearing in films for decades. And how great it has been—from starring as Jungle Jim to the world’s most famous detective and being saved by a superhero, to inspiring both the founding father of the French New Wave and a rodent with rare culinary skills. During that time, the Eiffel Tower has been an excellent co-star – doing its job without ever hitting the limelight.

Next month, that is all set to change. In director Martin Bourboulan’s new film, eiffel, the monument takes center stage. Set in 1880s Belle एपpoque Paris, we follow Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) as he embarks on the colossal task of becoming one of the world’s most loved destinations. The film also explores the role played by Adrienne Borges (Emma Mackay), whose relationship with the Eiffel shaped the skyline of Paris. As we delve into the history of the tower, it is the perfect time to witness the cinematic past of the monument. Whether it’s being destroyed, serving as a stage for musical numbers or offering a porthole to another world, La Tour Eiffel remains a huge presence on the screen.

Lavender Hill Mob (1951)

So, here’s the plan. Hijack a consignment of gold bullion in London, melt it and turn it into tiny Eiffel Tower paperweights so you can take it to Paris. The only snag for the crowd in this Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness and Stanley Holloway is that when they nab their loot at a kiosk in the Eiffel Tower, six souvenirs have been accidentally sold to British schoolgirls. And there’s another bad news – one of the girls plans to give her mini Eiffel Tower to her friend, who is a policeman. While the Eiffel Tower holds its own in the film (in both miniature and full size), some of its thunder is stolen by an up-and-coming actress who would go on to make a decent career. Watch out for a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it cameo from Audrey Hepburn in this classic crime caper. Tower Rating:

Funny Face (1957)

Few movies love Paris quite like Stanley Donnan’s 1957 musical, whose cast literally sings the praises of the City of Light. Audrey Hepburn plays Joe Stockton, a New York bookshop assistant who is perfect for becoming the new face of fashion magazine Quality. The problem is that she won’t be playing ball with publisher Maggie Prescott (Kaye Thompson) and photographer Dick Avery (Fred Astaire). Then he learns that the next shoot will be in Paris. The trio’s excitement over being in the French capital is summed up with Bonjour Paris’ jaunty number, where the characters walk through their plans for the trip in a sequence that ties together more sights than a tourist office video. . After a full day, the trio agree that “something has been missed, there’s another place”… Watch a gorgeous shot of the Eiffel Tower in front of the fountains as the trio take the elevator to the top of the monument and enjoy the panoramic views see the stage. Tower Rating:

The Great Race (1965)

Whether it’s aliens in Mars Attacks!, puppets in Team America or an asteroid in Armageddon, Hollywood loves to blow up the Eiffel Tower into smithereens. Perhaps the most unexpected – and certainly most comical – destruction comes at the end of The Great Race, Blake Edwards’ massive action adventure that sees the dashing Great Leslie (Tony Curtis) challenging the dastardly Professor Fett (Jack Lemmon) to a car race. Is. From New York to Paris. After a hectic journey that includes saloon brawls, polar bears and sinking boats, Leslie heads through Paris as the contestants tear, but to prove it to the beautiful photojournalist Maggie Dubois (Natalie Wood). He cares about her more than winning, our hero stops short of the finish line at the Eiffel Tower and lets luck win. Angered by this, Fett insists that they run back to New York – part of a plot to gun down Leslie’s car. He misses, collides with the Eiffel Tower, twists into a comedy pratfall and comes down in installments that would have made Jacques Tati proud. Tower Rating:

400 Vaar (1959)

François Truffaut’s first feature film is perhaps the most famous title sequence in French film history – one in which the Eiffel Tower plays a key role. The story, about neglected youngster Antoine Donnel (Jean-Pierre Leaud), who has to deal with self-absorbed parents and cruel police officers, begins with a travel shot through the streets of Paris. The Eiffel Tower peeps from the top of the roofs at an angle to reveal it’s view of a child sitting in the back seat of a car. Street-to-street, the camera moves closer to the structure, keeping its eyes closed on the tower. After all, we’re right down to La Tour Eiffel, briefly staring at its glory before the car’s speed fades away with France’s most reassuring symbol disappearing into the distance. It’s the perfect fit for a heartwarming coming-of-age story about a boy for whom a normal, happy life is out of reach. Tower Rating:

Superman II (1980)

You can’t really take Lois Lane anywhere. In what is a common theme in the first two Superman films, the Daily Planet’s best reporter, played by Margot Kidder, constantly finds herself in trouble and saved by Superman (Christopher Reeve). And after arriving in Paris in Richard Lester’s campy sequel, it doesn’t take long for Lois to commit silly dangerous things. With terrorists threatening to take over the Eiffel Tower and detonate an atomic bomb, the journalist covers the story by hanging under an elevator with the device. She is soon falling to her death, with Superman arriving in time – swooping over Paris and clutching the free-falling elevator. With the residents of Paris still in mortal danger, the Man of Steel blows the elevator straight through the top of the Eiffel Tower and into outer space where it explodes – leaving Lois standing on the Iron Tower for his next crisis-in-the-moment. The crisis is considering the move. Tower Rating:

A View to a Kill (1987)

While the 14th Bond film came in for much criticism when it was released in the late 1980s – not least because Roger Moore was 57 at the time of filming and required a stunt double to run up the stairs – a view to a Kill It has a lot going for it: a great villain played by Christopher Walken; A memorable henchman in Grace Jones’s May Day and a spectacular chase scene in and around the Eiffel Tower. After killing a local private detective at the Jules Verne restaurant on the tower, May Day scours the monument with Bond in a rapid (well, sharp-ish) search. As 007 takes off, the killer jumps off the top of the tower and parachutes down. Not wanting to proceed, Bond climbs to the top of one of the lifts and hijacks a taxi to continue the chase. Tower Rating:

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

The focus of Baz Luhrmann’s jukebox romantic drama may be the cabaret hall at the foot of Montmartre that gave us can-cans, but the Eiffel Tower — a companion Belle poque structure — pops up in an important scene. As love begins to blossom between young writer Christian (Ewan McGregor) and star Moulin Rouge artist Satin (Nicole Kidman), their romance is expressed in a grand reimagining of the Elton John classic “Your Song.” In an increasingly fanciful sequence, Christian’s voice lights up the Eiffel Tower, before the couple walks into the clouds and hums under a pink umbrella, while it is raining glitter on them. Moon smiling from above, Christian hangs from the monument as he shouts to Satine. This magical stuff is fine. Tower Rating:

Ratatouille (2007)

There are so many magical scenes in Pixar’s love letter to Paris and its gastronomy, it’s hard to narrow it down to just one. A strong contender, however, is the moment when Remy (Patton Oswalt)—a mouse with a highly developed sense of taste and smell—realizes the sewer he’s hiding belongs to the greatest culinary destination on earth. After being asked to leave his gloomy surroundings and look around by the ghost of his protagonist, Chef Auguste Gustau (Brad Garrett), Remy runs inside an apartment building and ends up on the roof. There, the Eiffel Tower stretched out in front of it is a city of light twinkling in the distance. “This time I’ve been down to Paris?” Every foodie feels with delight as they are ready to eat their way around the French capital, says Remy. Tower Rating:

Lost in Paris (2016)

Belgian filmmaking duo Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon use the French capital as their playground in oddball lost in paris, his expertly crafted physical comedy routine climaxes at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Gordon plays Fiona, a Canadian in Paris looking for her lost Aunt Martha (Emmanuel Riva). During a bubbling search she crosses paths with homeless man Dom (Abel) who agrees to help her find the missing pensioner. They eventually land at the Eiffel Tower, where accident-prone Fiona is nearly to her death when the ladder she is climbing comes loose. They find Martha sleeping in a satellite dish and the trio enjoy spectacular views of Paris, the end of a crazy adventure. Tower Rating:

Men in Black: International (2019)

The Eiffel Tower may seem harmless, but in the latest Men in Black movie, it is home to a wormhole that could cause the destruction of the planet. Stepping in to stop the parasitic race from gathering at the Hive Paris are Agents Haight T (Liam Neeson) and H (Chris Hemsworth), who, after disrupting a marriage proposal at the Tower, battle with the bad guys because The city shines down. Just when you think things are safe, Agents H and M (Tessa Thompson) need to travel to the Eiffel Tower to stop another hive from growing up and ensure that only the heavy, bug-eyed ones are on the monument. The creatures are the tourists who have decided to use the stairs and not the lift. Tower Rating:

Eiffel star Romain Durais on playing Gustave Eiffel

As a proud Parisian, Romain Duris turned to the role of Gustave Eiffel, the man who made the city’s most famous landmark. “Ever since I was a kid and even today, I’m fascinated when I walk by the Eiffel Tower,” he explains. “For me, the monument has always been magical. And I was very attracted by the theme of the engineer-artist who takes refuge in his work and sees it through to completion as if it were a declaration of love.”

Making it easy for Durice to get under the skin of Eiffel (who also designed the structure for the Statue of Liberty) was the scale of production, from lush period costumes to the creation of a life-size reproduction of the Eiffel Tower. “Eiffel is incredibly brilliant,” he promises. “I realized it when I walked around the set where the tower’s foundation was rebuilt to full scale. And everything escalates rapidly on-screen. It gives more power to your acting.”

Eiffel is now in theaters and available to stream online.

from France Today magazine

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