Montmartre: in the footsteps of Amélie Poulain
In 2001 the French feature film "Amélie was released. Both in France and far beyond the movie about a Parisian waitress was a great success. . The story, the humour, the atmosphere and the acting performances turned out to appeal a wide audience from Japan to the USA. The movie won several Césars (French movie awards) and was nominated for a number of Oscars. The movie is, for the most part, set in Montmartre. Not so much in the most touristy part around the Place du Tertre, but rather in the lesser known part west of it.
Through the website of Michelin we got the idea of doing a walk through Montmartre along the locations where the film was set and was actually shot. Admittedly, director Jeunet's picture of Montmartre is strongly romanticised, but the actual locations of the movie were real.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Amélie:
Jeunet exaggerates a bit. There are more tourists than before, but compared to the real tourist attractions this part of Montmartre is still an oasis of relative peace in the French capital.
On these pages you will find an account of the walk with photos. If you click on the map below it will appear in a separate window, so that you can keep it at hand while reading the story.
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