New interactive map plots Paris film locations

Visitors to Paris often say that walking through the capital’s historic streets is like being on a film set. Now a new interactive map gives you the chance to find out if you really are standing on spot where a famous film has been shot.

New interactive map plots Paris film locations
The movie Inception is just one of hundreds to be filmed in Paris. Find out where with a new interactive map. Photo: Screengrab Inception

Just like tourists, French and foreign filmmakers have always had a soft spot for Paris.

Over the years hundreds of films have been shot on the iconic streets of the French capital from Stephen Frears' Dangerous Liaisons, to Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris and action movies like Paul Greengrass's The Bourne Ultimatum.

Now thanks to journalists from the website Rue 89 film buffs can find out exactly where certain scenes were shot thanks to a new interactive map.

The site was able to create the map, which for the moment only incudes films made between 2002 and 2008, thanks to information stored by Paris Town Hall.

In all around 600 movies both French and foreign, that have been shot in the capital have been projected onto the map.

The majority of the films featured at the 422 French-made movies but there also the 34 American movies that were shot in the capital during the time period.

It will make it easier for those tourists who have enjoyed visiting famous film locations like the Montmartre café that featured in the popular film Amélie.

CLICK ON THE MAP to find Paris's film locations

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Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

Car, moped, public transport, or electric bicycle - which means of transport is the quickest way to get across Paris?

Revealed: The fastest way to get across Paris

One intrepid reporter for French daily Le Parisien decided to find out. 

The challenge was simple. Which mode of transport would get the journalist from the heart of Fontenay-sous-Bois in the eastern suburbs to the newspaper’s office on Boulevard de Grenelle, west Paris, fastest?

Over four separate journeys, each one in the middle of rush hour, the electric bicycle was quickest and easiest. More expensive than conventional bikes, electric bikes do come with a government subsidy.

The journey was described as ‘pleasant and touristy’ on a dry but chilly morning going via dedicated cycle lanes that meant the dogged journalist avoided having to weave in and out of traffic.

It took, in total, 47 minutes from start to finish at an average speed of 19km/h, on a trip described as “comfortable” but with a caveat for bad weather. The cost was a few centimes for charging up the bike.

In comparison, a car journey between the same points took 1 hour 27 minutes – a journey not helped by a broken-down vehicle. Even accounting for that, according to the reporter’s traffic app, the journey should – going via part of the capital’s southern ringroad – have taken about 1 hr 12.

Average speed in the car was 15km/h, and it cost about €2.85 in diesel – plus parking.

A “chaotic and stressful” moped trip took 1 hour 3 minutes, and cost €1.30 in unleaded petrol.

Public transport – the RER and Metro combined via RER A to Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile then Metro line 6 to the station Bir-Hakeim – took 50 minutes door to door, including a 10-minute walk and cost €2.80. The journey was described as “tiring”.

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