Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Screen Gem

With the hype of Hollywood having taken over at global proportions, it's often forgotten that Paris was the true birthplace of cinema. Not only did the first moving images via the Magic Lantern of the 17th century become a craze in the City of Lights, film notables like the Lumière brothers showed some of the world’s first movies in the city. And guess what? Thomas Edison based his cinematoscope (the first movie camera) on prototypes debuted by Frenchman Etienne-Jules Marey at the 1889 World’s Fair! Hollywood has taken center stage since then, but why not pay homage to the original cinematic stomping grounds with a little movie break? We suggest paying a visit to the Latin Quarter's Le Champo, a cinema built in 1938 that is today known for its retrospectives on directors like Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick and Claude Chabrol. And who knows: Maybe you'll meet a fellow moviegoer who sweeps you off your feet and entrances you with a romantic weekend that rivals those seen on the silver screen!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Chelle,
    I enjoyed your post on the French cinema! I would love to visit Paris and the French countryside. Would there be anything more romantic? Thank you for stopping by for a visit at Bunny Cottage. I hope your week has been a good one so far! Vicki