Explore the Venice International Film Festival With Film Critic Justin Chang
L.A. Times travelers will receive special passes providing total access to the movie village and all festival events. Departs Aug. 27, 2019.
From renowned directors such as François Truffaut to seminal films such as “An American in Paris” and “Amélie,” the imprint of Paris on the film canon is indelible. On this six-day expedition to the City of Lights, go behind the scenes with film critic Kenneth Turan to explore film through its history and imagery, and discover why Paris is an inspiration for filmmakers. Learn the stories behind the Art Deco-inspired cinemas of the Latin Quarter, including Studio 28 — the oldest film house left in Montmartre — as you stroll through cobblestone streets. Visit one of the last remaining film studios in the area and the nearby behemoth architectural project, which later became location sites for “The Hunger Games” and Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil,” and discuss how the New Wave of cinema almost destroyed the French studio system. Enjoy exclusive visits to a film restoration studio and a film set atelier, and meet the owner of Ciné-Images, home to the largest collection of original film posters in the world. As you explore film locations ranging from Amélie Poulain’s tiny grocery store to Paris’ most iconic sites as memorialized in countless films, discover for yourself how a city can be a muse.
Oct 26-31, 2019
Go behind the scenes at a film restoration workshop and set decoration atelier.
Step back in time and stroll through the charming village of Montmarte, inspiration for myriad films.
Visit sites in and around Paris that have been featured in American and French films.
Discover a tiny shop that houses the largest collection of original film posters in the world, and meet with its owner.
After arriving on individual flights, transfer to check in to your hotel. After some time to freshen up, join Los Angeles Times film critic and Paris-film lover Kenneth Turan — who will accompany you on your entire expedition — and your fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at a traditional brasserie. (D)
This morning, meet your Parisian guide, Juliette Dubois, who holds a master’s degree in cinema history. As you explore Paris’ most iconic sites and monuments, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, Dubois will discuss their historic significance as well as offer a window into their film significance. Enjoy lunch as a group at Fouquet’s, a brasserie on the corner of the Champs-Élysées and Avenue George V, which celebrates the relationship between Paris and cinema. After some time at leisure, venture out for an evening at the cinema. (B, L)
After breakfast, explore Paris’ Latin Quarter, home to myriad film houses including the Art Deco-inspired Le Champo–Espace Jacques Tati, a favorite of French auteurs, and La Pagode, one of the most famous theaters in Paris, which closed its doors in 2015 and was bought by real estate magnate Charles Cohen in the hopes of restoring it to its former glory. Meet with Alexandre Boyer, owner of Ciné-Images, home to more than 6,000 original film posters. After lunch on your own at the Catherine Deneuve-designed Living Room at the Cinéma du Panthéon, one of the oldest theaters in Paris, visit La Cinémathèque Française, which was designed by American architect Frank Gehry and hosts one of the largest archives of film-related objects and documents in the world. After a guided tour, you will have some time on your own to lose yourself in this treasure trove of film history that includes museum exhibitions, an expansive film library and an extensive collection of books for sale. (B, D)
Today, leave the city of Paris for Bry-sur-Marne Studios, one of the few remaining studios in the area. France was once host to more than 30 studios, but with the onset of the New Wave of cinema, locations were increasingly favored over studio sets, and many of the studios disappeared. Studios de Bry, one of the largest in France, is more than 20,000 square meters and home to eight soundstages. After its closing was thought imminent in 2015, a petition circulated throughout the movie industry and saved it. Later on, visit Cité Abraxas, a real estate complex that has been the backdrop for films including “The Hunger Games” and Terry Gilliam’s “Brazil.” After a quick lunch en route, enjoy two exclusive visits not available to the public: a film restoration and postproduction laboratory, and Lanzani atelier, which specializes in the manufacture and rental of period furniture for film production. You will have the opportunity to see its vast collection and speak with artisans who work there. This evening, watch a film at another of Paris’ famed cinemas. (B, L)
This morning, take a walking tour of Montmartre, one of Paris’ oldest neighborhoods and during the Belle Époque the locale of many artist studios, including those of Monet, Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec. In this village that pulsates with artistic inspiration, many artists have been influenced and paid homage to each other. As you stroll through its cobblestone streets, you will be reminded of myriad films shot on location in Montmartre or recreated in a studio. Then walk to Studio 28, which is more than 90 years old and holds decades of film history. There you will be joined by a guest speaker in the cinema’s tearoom for a private discussion. This afternoon, screen one final film in Paris before your farewell dinner at the festive and modern Les Bouqinistes by Guy Savoy. After dinner, you may choose to say adieu to Paris with a visit to Le Caveau de la Huchette, a 1946 jazz club featured in the Oscar-winning film “La La Land.” (B, D)
After breakfast, depart on individual flights home or onward. (B)