Amelie, a popular French film that has featured in global review was perhaps the only French movie that reinforced the common association of Paris with romance by the film enthusiasts. The critics of French movie had good sentiments on the great work done by the production team in making this film a success story. The theme of this film is based on Paris, the city of romance. The Paris theme plays a very crucial role in the film`s narrative as part of the exploration as demonstrated by the constant travels by Amelie in this city. The city and the streets of Paris play the role of reinforcing and glorifying the cultural heritage of the French people. This essay will be a discussion on the role of the film themes based on the Paris city.
Montmamartre is the suburb in Paris that is a major district where the film scenes are based; focusing specifically on the day time lifestyle in this area. An artistic and historic heritage of this district is brought to the limelight through projection the culture of the street artists. The image of the Paris in this film is projected as to be the Centre of the exotic night life and other forms of decadent forms of contemporary entertainment. The representation of this district in Paris city by the production can be assumed to be the general perception about the city as a major theme in the film. The appropriation of this film in Paris has caused a lot of criticism from the film enthusiasts. The stimulation and the recycling of the collective memories and the merging of the experiences with the main character have made the city a modern urban cityscape that blended well to make the movie successful.
The city of Paris in the movie plays a central role in reducing the conflict of traditions between the French cinema and the Hollywood films. The Paris element is also necessary in this film to create the aesthetics that strikes the emotions of the audience. The stretch of imagination in thus film overcomes the themes based on reality that were developed during the 1990s.The plot of the film gives the character a livelier role as exemplified by Amelie as she tries to improve people`s lives in Paris while at the same looking for love. The backdrop of the Paris city cannot be understated in the analysis of this movie because it arouses the emotions of love and especially, as it is specifically existent in Jeunet’s letter where love is the city of Paris is romanticized.
The market culture and the café are flourishing Montmamartre district where this story of love unfolds. Amelie films project the image of Paris as a place full of joy and vibrancy for romantic escapades (Vanderschelden, 2007). The central acts in the film are also uplifted through the allusion to city of Paris in their styles associated with this famous city. The film is visually competitive with different scenes blended with the cultural heritage of French people and serene lake sceneries. Exquisite art features in the Paris city are deliberately blended in the movie to promote the city`s night life culture.
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