The Fresh Produce C’est la V print has us celebrating scenes from our favorite French films. French cinema has such an interesting past, going back to 1895. Two Frenchmen, Auguste and Louis Lumiére dreamed up a device called the Cinématographe, which recorded moving images and projected them onto a screen. We’re glad they did, because we love these inspiring classics.
There’s no better feel-good film. How could you not love a story about a young woman who devotes her life to others? Audrey Tautou perfectly plays the part of Amélie, a selfless do-gooder. Movie buffs will know this fun fact: the lead role was originally written for Emily Watson, and titled “Emily.” The movie is about meeting people and embracing life. Sounds a lot like Fresh Produce.
Filmed on location in Paris, Charade is a romantic comedy and mystery all rolled into one. It’s been called the best Hitchcock movie Hitchcock never made for its whodunit appeal. Our favorite scene is when Reggie (Audrey) drops her ice cream cone on Peter (Cary Grant) while strolling along the Seine. Audrey’s effortless beauty and timeless style is the inspiration for our Hepburn Collection.
This romantic sequel to Before Sunrise follows Jesse and Céline (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) nine years after their first meeting. They haven’t spoken this entire time. But Jesse is in Paris on the last stop of his book tour. Céline shows up, and the two spend a picturesque evening walking the streets of Paris. We don’t want to spoil the ending so let’s just say, “to be continued.”
Paris je t’aime
A colorful cast and collection of 18 delightful art house short films pay tribute to Love in the City of Lights. You’ll see so many sides of Paris in the surreal tales, each with its own cast and director. Take note of striking similarities in the American film New York, I Love You, which borrowed the vignette style.
Midnight in Paris
The opening scene showcases what’s unique about the city. It makes us feel like we’re on vacation. We also love the premise of this film. A nostalgic screenwriter in Paris with his fiancée’s family mysteriously goes back to the 1920s every day at midnight. He mingles with great minds from the past… Fitzgerald, Hemingway… it’s a delightful mix of past and present-day Paris, with beautiful costumes that capture the cultures, styles and accessories of each period. We personally love the trip to Versailles as the characters walk the picturesque gardens and grounds.
What films haven’t we included here that top your list of favorites.