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On Location in Paris

Paris was a recurring location in many of Audrey's movies and it was her favorite place to film. Here are some of the locations you might recognise and want to visit if you take a trip to Paris.

Eiffel Tower

When in Paris, there's just one place you've got to go - the Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower serves as the climax of the song, Bonjour Paris in the movie Funny Face. In Paris When it Sizzles, Gabriel and Richard attempt to write a screen play called The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower and they attend a crazy fancy dress party held on the tower. In The Lavender Hill Mob, Pendlebury and Holland hatch a plan to disguise their stolen bullion as statues of the tower and the tower can also be seen from the window of the cookery school Sabrina attends in Paris.

It is the tallest structure in Paris and one of the most recognized monuments in the world. Named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel, it is the most visited monument in the world; 6,428,441 people visited the tower in 2005 and more than 200,000,000 since its construction. Including the 24 m (78.7 ft) antenna, the structure is 324 m (1,063 ft) high (since 2000), which is equivalent to about 81 levels in a conventional building. The view of Paris from the top of the tower is stunning.

Eiffel Tower

Winged Victory of Samothrace

In Funny Face, Jo Stockton is gaining confidence as model for Quality Magazine. In one shoot she emerges from behind a sculpture in the Louvre, wearing a stunning red dress. Catching Dick Avery off guard, she holds a red scarf above her head and makes her way down the Daru staircase - resulting in one of the most memorable moments of the movie.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called Nike of Samothrace, is a marble sculpture of the Greek goddess Nike (Victory), discovered in April 1863 on the island of Samothrace by the French consul and amateur archaeologist Charles Champoiseau. The statue was sent to Paris the same year, and since 1884 has dominated the Daru staircase displayed in the Louvre, while a plaster replica stands in the museum at the original location of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods on Samothrace.

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

A shooting location for Quality Magazine, in Funny Face, Jo is holding a bunch of balloons and told to run - but nobody told her which way. The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is so close to the Louvre you might as well visit the Winged Victory of Samothrace at the same time.

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is at the easternmost end of the so-called "Axe historique" ("grand historic axis") of Paris, a nine-kilometre long linear route which dominates central and western Paris. Looking westwards, the arch is perfectly aligned with the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and (although it is not directly visible from the Place du Carrousel) the Grande Arche de la Defense. The axis thus begins and ends with an arch today.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Opéra National de Paris

Another location used as a background for a Quality Magazine photo shoot, Jo is asked to show the emotion of someone with "fire in your eyes and murder on your mind", after being stood up at the Opera.

Opéra National de Paris was built between 1862 and1875, its architect was Charles Garnier. Large by any standards, it has a total area of 11,000 square metres (118,404 square feet) and a vast stage with room for up to 450 artists. The auditorium itself comprises roughly half of the total space, most of the rest being used to house necessary logistical support.The House seats over two thousand and has seventeen stories, taking up three acres of land. Seven of these are below the ground.

Opéra National de Paris

Château de la Reine blanche

About 50km from Paris, this is another location used as a background for a Quality Magazine photo shoot. Le Château de la Reine Blanche in Coye-la-Forêt is where Dick Avery danced with Jo Stockton (modeling a wedding dress) during the finale and the "He Loves and She Loves" number in Funny Face.

Château de la Reine blanche

Grandes eaux of Versailles Château

In the gardens of the Palace of Versailles you can find the Bassin de Latone, which provides another stunning location for a Quality Magazine photo shoot. When the château was built, Versailles was a country village, but it is now a suburb of Paris. From 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in 1789, the Court of Versailles was the center of power in Ancien Régime France.

Arc de Triomphe

When Dick Avery steps out on the Champs-Élysées during the opening of Bonjour Paris, in Funny Face, the Arc de Triomphe provides an instantly recognisable backdrop. If you can, try starting at the Arc de Triomphe and walk down the Champs-Élysées, stopping at the parks (featured in Charade and Paris When It Sizzles) before continuing to The Louvre.

The Arc de Triomphe is a monument in Paris that stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, formerly the Place de l'Étoile, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The arch honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars, and today hosts the tomb of the unknown soldier.

Susie Hendrix Apartment

Champs-Élysées

The parks along the Champs-Élysées are key locations in two of Audrey's movies. In Charade, where Reggie (Audrey) and Peter (Cary Grant) watch a Punch and Judy show. They also go back there later in the movie to try and discover who Reggie's late husband was meeting. In the opening credits of Paris When It Sizzles, Gabrielle (Audrey) is seen walking through the parks, and later in the movie the parks are featured again.

The avenue runs for 2 kilometres (1.25 miles) through the 8th arrondissement in northwestern Paris, from the Place de la Concorde in the east, with its obelisk, to the Place Charles de Gaulle in the west, location of the Arc de Triomphe. The Champs-Élysées forms part of the Axe historique. One of the principal tourist destinations in Paris.

Champs-Élysées

Hôtel Ritz Paris

The Hôtel Ritz Paris is prominent in two of Audrey's movies. In Love in the Afternoon, the American businessman Frank Flannagan takes up residence in the hotel and many scenes are set there. In How to Steal a Million, Nicole Bonnet (Audrey) has to drive Simon Dermot (Peter O'Toole) back to the hotel after shooting him in the arm. She later meets him in the hotel to arrange a heist to steal a forged Cellini Venus. The hotel and the Colonne Vendôme are also briefly visible during the song Bonjour Paris in Funny Face.

The Hôtel Ritz is a hotel located at 15 Place Vendôme, in the heart of Paris, France. The building was constructed in the early part of the 18th century as a private dwelling. The façade was designed by Jules Hardouin Mansart. Converted to a luxury hotel by César Ritz, it opened on June 1, 1898. Together with the culinary talents of minority partner Auguste Escoffier, César Ritz made the hotel synonymous with opulence, service, and fine dining.

Hôtel Ritz Paris

La Colonne Vendôme

If you are making a trip to the Hôtel Ritz Paris, the first thing you will notice in the Place Vendôme is the La Colonne Vendôme. In the movie Love in the Afternoon, Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier), uses the column as a vantage point to spy on the philandering tycoon Frank Flannagan.

The Column - 44 metres high - is comprised of a stone core, encased in the bronze of 1250 cannons captured at the Battle of Austerliz (1805). It was designed by Denon, Gondouin, and Lepère and modeled in the style of Trajan's Column in Rome. It was constructioned during 1806 - 1810, The spiral bronze bas-relief was created by Bergeret. Sadly, an inner staircase leading to the top is no longer open to the public.

Rue de la Paix

Not of major significance, this location also features in the song Bonjour Paris. If you are planning to visit the Hôtel Ritz Paris, the Rue de la Paix is the north entrance to the Place Vendôme so you might as well get a quick photo of the street sign for the Rue de la Paix while you are there.

Rue de la Paix

Notre Dame de Paris

Notre Dame de Paris appears as background in two of Audrey's movies. In How to Steal a Million, Nicole Bonnet pulls over her car with Notre Dame in the background, to listen to a radio broadcast. In Charade, Reggie asks Dyle if he would "swing down from there on a rope to save the woman you love. Like the Hunchback of Notre Dame?" - the camera then pans up to reveal the Cathedral.

Notre Dame de Paris, often known simply as Notre Dame in English, is a Gothic cathedral on the eastern half of the Île de la Cité in Paris, France, with its main entrance to the west. It is still used as a Roman Catholic cathedral and is the seat of the Archbishop of Paris. Notre Dame de Paris is widely considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. It was restored and saved from destruction by Viollet-le-Duc, one of France's most famous architects.

Notre Dame de Paris

Hôtel Saint-Jacques

The Hôtel Saint-Jacques is a key location in the movie, Charade. Reggie checks-in to this hotel after returning to Paris and finding her late husband has sold all their belongings. Peter Joshua, Scobie, Giddion, and Tex also stay in this hotel - the later 3 also die there. The hotel is located in the heart of the fabled Latin Quarter, famous for its students, poets and artists.

Hôtel Saint-Jacques

Metro St. Jacques

The nearest Metro station to the Hôtel Saint-Jacques, Reggie tries to escape from the pursuing Peter Joshua by catching the Metro to the Palais-Royal. Unlike the movie, there is no direct Metro from Metro St. Jacques to Palais-Royal.

Palais-Royal

The climatic scenes from Charade, featuring a shoot-out and the revealing of the real Carson Dial, were filmed at the Palais-Royal.

The Palais Royal is a palace and garden located near the Ier arrondissement of Paris. Opposite the north wing of the Louvre, its famous forecourt (cour d'honneur) screened with columns faces the Place du Palais-Royal, which was much enlarged by Baron Haussmann after the Rue de Rivoli was built for Napoleon.

Palais-Royal

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