Guided tours on movie sets in Paris are now a hit

Almost 900 movies are shot in Paris per year. Travel guides follow the trend and offers cinema-themed visits in and around the city.

Quiet on the set please! Shooting is ongoing!

The City of Paris hosts nearly 900 films shoots each year. The success of movies such as “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain” or “the Da Vinci Code” attract numerous visitors curious to see the places where they were made.

The latest shot there was Mission impossible: Fallout, by Christopher McQuarrie and starring Tom Cruise. This sixth part of Agent Ethan Hunt’s adventures required 36 days of shooting in Paris. Filmmakers have chosen almost 15 locations throughout the capital for the movie: the Trocadero esplanade, the Grand Palais, the Bercy heliport, the Palais-Royal gardens…

Montmartre is the most successful shooting place for movie-themes visits in Paris

Guide by day and extra at night, she was also in the last “Mission Impossible”, is Lise Pires. She proposes, every week, Paris guided tours around the cinema in Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement. They are a revival for these walks propelled by the notoriety of the movie “Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain”. For the guide, there is no doubt that “Montmartre” is the most successful area for film-visits tours. Montmartre inhabitants but also film lovers and artists, but also provincials participate in the tours she proposes.

As they pass by a shooting set at Montmartre, a Paris tour private guide explain to his group: “a sequence of the movie Le Fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain was filmed in this grocery store Maison Collignon“.

Throughout history, many French filmmakers have chosen Montmartre as a setting and have devoted many film sequences to it: “La grande vadrouille” (1966), “Mesrine” (1984), “L’auberge espagnole” (2001), “La Môme” (2007), or of course “Dalida” (2017). This latter’s house is still part of the routes taken by the guides in Montmartre.

Patricia Firriolo, director of “France Tourisme” and “Paris travel planner”, deciphers the public’s enthusiasm for guided movie-themed tours. The success of “Da Vinci Code”(2006) attracted Americans, then and Asians, to visit the “Louvre Museum”. They came in successive waves. The theme pleases as visits are adapted to new cinematographic developments. In “Montmartre” or “Saint-Germain-des-Prés”, at least six visits are organized each week from September to June. The request also concerns Luc Besson’s “La cité du cinema” in Saint-Denis. To stand out, the tour operator imagined an original visit with a scenario developed by an actor that allows the customer to become an actor for an afternoon.

One thing is certain: the City of Light continues to attract filmmakers from all over the world who prefer its natural setting to that of a studio.