Yes, the beauty of Paris seen through movies can actually be visited. Paris has been the inspiration and backdrop of countless films, and the geography of film has long been a passion of mine. I think of movies not by the actors, or the script, but by that particular corner in a city in the scene – sometimes easily identifiable, and other times just a tantalising glimpse. And what I love the most is finding that place and standing there, connecting with that celluloid moment.
One of those places in Paris is the Promenade Plantee (Coulee Verte Rene-Dumont), a peaceful 4.5km linear park constructed on top of an old railway line in the 12th, running from the Place de la Bastille to Bois de Vincennes. In Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset – Ethan Hawke’s Jesse and Julie Delpy’s Celine enter by the staircase at 90 Avenue Daumesnil, and they laugh, talk, and fall in love along this beautiful raised walkway above the Viaduc des Arts.