Paris films
Running past shops and boulevards, hurling themselves down into the Metro, these films celebrate an only-in-the-movies Paris of dreams, longing, and improbably uncrowded cafés. 
Impish gamine Amélie (Audrey Tautou) lives alone and works in a café. When she finds a trove of toys hidden for 40 years behind a baseboard in her apartment, she's inspired to repatriate the items, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts. A celebration of life, Amélie reminds us of the small wonders that abound around us… if only we paused to look. How a waitress manages to maintain herself in an impeccably furnished mansard apartment in Paris' exclusive historic Montmarte district is one of the film's many enigmas. 2001
Several years into his exile from Hollywood, director Roman Polanski hits his stride again with this dread-filled suspense thriller. Dr. Richard Walker (Harrison Ford) and his wife, Sondra (Betty Buckley), are in Paris on business when Sondra suddenly vanishes. With no way to contact her or to communicate with the locals, Richard is paralyzed with fear. When his attempts to get the police involved fail, Richard begins the pursuit alone. 1988
La Balance
After most of their moles are killed, a band of ruthless police detectives find it necessary to enlist a new narc to get the skinny on a major drug ring. The vice squad chooses Dede Laffont (Philippe Leotard) -- an intriguing pimp who's tight with the drug traffickers -- to snitch on his old boss, who's now his nemesis. This French crime drama features an arresting performance by Nathalie Baye as a hooker named Nicole Danet. 1982
Action, arias and assassins all collide in Diva, a romantic thriller directed by Jean-Jacques Beineix. When 18-year-old Jules secretly tapes the concert of a superstar diva who refuses to be recorded, he accidentally winds up with another tape that identifies a top mobster involved in an international sex and drug ring. Suddenly, Jules is being chased through the streets of Paris by blackmailers, hit men and the police!  1981
Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn have chemistry to burn in this suave comedy with an evocative Henry Mancini score. Grant may or may not be a flimflam man who aids the recently widowed Hepburn in her mission to recover a fortune hidden by her late husband. But three sinister crooks -- who'll stop at nothing -- also covet the loot. 1963
Jules and Jim
Writers Jules (Oskar Werner) and Jim (Henri Serre) are close friends who fall in love with the same woman, the unpredictable Catherine (Jeanne Moreau), amid the turbulence of World War I Paris. What results is a decades-long love triangle that both tests and strengthens the bond between the two men. One of director François Truffaut's best-loved films, Jules and Jim is adapted from the French novel by Henri-Pierre Roché. 1961
Shoot the Piano Player
Charlie (Charles Aznavour), a once-famous pianist, is now stroking the keys in a Parisian saloon. When his brothers get in trouble with gangsters, Charlie inadvertently gets swept up in the chaos and is forced to rejoin the family he once fled. This highly stylized melodrama from director François Truffaut employs all of the hallmarks of French new wave cinema: extended voice-overs, out-of-sequence camera shots, sudden jump-cutting and more. 1960
The 400 Blows
Director François Truffaut's first feature film stars Jean-Pierre Léaud as 13-year-old Antoine Doinel, who runs away from school and his difficult family—but finds it even tougher living on the streets of Paris and must resort to committing petty crimes. 1959
Children of Paradise
Often considered the classic epic of French film, Children of Paradise is the tragic tale of several vastly different men who all fall for the same woman. This classic romantic saga takes place amid a theatrical community in 19th-century Paris, set against a backdrop of intrigue, duels, and murder that allegorizes occupied France. 1946
Under the Roofs of Paris
In Rene Clair's irrepressibly romantic portrait of the crowded tenements of Paris, a street singer and a gangster vie for the love of a beautiful young woman. One of France's most beloved cinematic exports, this witty exploration of love and human foibles, told primarily through song, captures the flamboyant atmosphere of the city with sophisticated visuals and groundbreaking use of sound technology. 1930
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