Sunday, April 20, 2014

Midnight in Paris (2011)

dir. Woody Allen

Gil (Owen Wilson) and his fiancée Inez (Rachel McAdams) kissing on the bridge – Claude Monet's Water Garden, Giverny, Eure, France. It's located across the road from Monet's house at 84 Rue Claude Monet.

Gil’s hotel – Hotel Le Bristol, 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris, France.

Gil argues with Inez's friend Paul (Michael Sheen) – The Palace of Versailles, Place d'Armes, Versailles, France.

Inez and her mother picking out a wedding ring – Chopard, 1 Place Vendôme, Paris, France.

Inez and her mother walking toward the Place Vendôme past the Hôtel de Vendôme – 1 Place Vendôme, Paris, France.

Paul argues with the tour guide (Carla Bruni) about Rodin's wife – Rodin Museum, 79 Rue de Varenne, Paris, France

Wine tasting on the rooftop – Hotel Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, Paris, France.

Gil gets lost – Rue Mouffetard at Rue Édouard Quenu, Paris, France.

The church steps – Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church, Place de L’Abbé Basset, Paris, France. These steps are around the corner from the main entrance on the Rue Sainte-Geneviève that faces the Panthéon.

Gil sees a 1920s Peugeot at midnight – Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Geneviève at Place de L’Abbé Basset, Paris, France.

The party where Gil meets the Fitzgeralds – 53 Quai de Bourbon, Paris, France

The Bricktop club – 17 Rue Malebranche, Paris, France. The real Bricktop club was located at 66 Rue Pigalle in Montmartre but the street looks very different these days.

Gil meets Ernest Hemingway – Polidor, 41 Rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris, France. The Polidor is one of the most popular restaurants on the Left Bank. Its interior has basically unchanged since the late 19th century, and the style of cooking is mostly from that era. It was frequented by many famous artistic and literary figures such as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Antonin Artaud, Jack Kerouac, and Henry Miller.

The Laundromat that Gil later finds in Polidor's place – 16 Rue des Patriarches, Paris, France

The antique shop – 112 Boulevard de Courcelles, Paris, France.

Gil doesn’t want to get in the car and says he wants to walk in the rain – Boulevard de Courcelles at Rue Pierre le Grand, Paris, France. The church in the background is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral at 12 Rue Daru.

Gertrude Stein’s (Kathy Bates) house – 15 Rue Malebranche, Paris, France. This is not the actual Gertrude Stein’s house at 27 rue de Fleurus.

The flea market – Le Marché Paul Bert, 96-110 Rue des Rosiers, Saint-Ouen, France.

The museum where Gil argues with Paul about paintings – Musée de l'Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Paris, France. It’s located in the west corner of the Jardin des Tuileries next to the Place de la Concorde.

Gil walking with Adriana (Marion Cotillard) – 17 Place Dauphine, Paris, France.

Gil walking with Adriana in Montmartre – Rue du Chevalier-de-La-Barre, Paris, France. They’re walking east toward the Rue Lamarck, with the Sacré Coeur seen in the background.

Gil and Adriana walking along the street lined with prostitutes – Rue Duperré at Place Pigalle, Paris, France

Gil and Adriana see Zelda Fitzgerald (Allison Pill) contemplating suicide – Pont Neuf, Quai des Orfèvres, Paris, France.

The private detective agency – 18 Rue du Louvre, Paris, France. Apparently, this is a real detective agency.

Gil walking along the Seine – Quai des Orfèvres, Paris, France. The camera is looking toward the Quai des Grands Augustins and he’s walking west toward the Pont Neuf.

Booksellers on the banks of the Seine – Quai de Montebello, Paris, France.

Gil asks the tour guide (Carla Bruni) to translate a passage from Adriana's memoirs – Square Jean-XXIII, Paris, France. It’s located behind the Notre Dame cathedral.

Gil walking with Adriana – the south side of Place Dauphine, Paris, France.

Gil and Adriana sitting at a restaurant – Restaurant Paul, 15 Place Dauphine, Paris, France

A mysterious coach takes them to the Belle Epoque – Maxim’s, 3 Rue Royale, Paris, France

Gil sitting in a street café – Café L'île de France, 59 Quai de la Tournelle, Paris, France.

The bookstore – Shakespeare and Company, 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, Paris, France

Gil meets with Gabrielle (Léa Seydoux) – Pont Alexandre III, Paris, France. They’re walking on the west side of the bridge and the camera is looking north toward the Grand Palais.

See also...

To Rome with Love

Rendezvous in Paris


  1. Yuri, was Inez and her parents' dinner scene also shot in Le Meurice?

    1. No, it's Le Grande Véfour, 17 Rue du Beaujolais.

    2. I mean the one where they discuss where Paul is and where Inez leaves to dance with Paul?

    3. Honestly, I don't remember. I did it more than a year ago. Given the sheer number of locations, I didn't pay much attention to the interiors.

  2. Yuri, have you edited these screencaps in any way? The colours seem somewhat different than in the film.

    By the way, do you know where was the image of the roofs of Paris from the opening montage taken?

    There seem to be two buildings that might be easily recognizable, but which I couldn't, so far, find. One is that long building in the top left corner, it seems to have a row of small windows, and the other is that cupola, again at the top, but nearer to the centre of the frame, that looks like a lemon squeezer.

    1. No, I haven't. I might have made the night scenes a little lighter (otherwise, there's not much to be seen.)
      The color depends on the calibration of your monitor, or your TV screen. Sometimes Blu-ray colors are different from DVD.

    2. It looks like a view from Montmartre, south of the Sacre-Coeur.

    3. Thank you, Yuri! I presumed that it's somewhere from that hill. One of the frames from the montage is much wider, so this one in particular might have been shot from the same place but zoomed in.

      The night scenes did, in particular, look a lot brighter.

      The daylight ones did a bit, too.

  3. Hi! I'd like to know where is taken the picture for the opening, minute 0:50 in this video:

  4. My lady and I are both film buffs and know Paris well. We guessed most of the locations but not as many as you found - and we want to thank you for helping us revisit some of those romantic scenes.

  5. Thanks for your accurate work. I love Paris.

  6. Thanks - but do you know the brasserie where Paul mets Dali, Man Ray and the other Surrealist??

  7. sad day today :(

  8. Hi! Thank you for sharing midnight in Paris with us. I appreciate your efforts! I really love your pictures! Your blog has stimulated me desire to get my visa for France ASAP.