In our inaugural "Places in Movies" podcast, we tell the story of Paris through four movies from different time periods that represent the evolution of the French capital in the 20th century: Moulin Rouge (1998) takes us back to the year 1900 and the bohemian wave that took over the city (La Belle Epoque); Midnight in Paris (2012) hearkens back to the Roaring Twenties (Les Annes Folles) when post-WWI Paris was a Mecca for artists from around the world; then we leap over WWII, the Nazi occupation and the fall from grace as the US ascents to dominance, to get to Amelie (1997), a French fascist movie masquerading as a rom-com; and finally we end with the hit drama La Haine (1995) that brings reality into the forefront, with its intense portrayal of the downtrodden minorities that live around The City of Light but were never part of its story. Does Paris live up to its hype? Gil Kidron and Dr Rutger Vos disagree.
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