Saturday, July 2, 2011
au cinema . . . a Paris . . .
the Fifth Avenue cinema. Parisophiles and/or Woody Allen fans will surely find something to love in this film, as should the rest of you. The opening montage of iconic Paris scenes accompanied by nostalgic jazz music is wonderfully familiar, although Allen keeps the icons from appearing too hackneyed by clever lenswork. But as apropos as may have been his shot of the Odéon on St. Germain--where we saw several films this last visit--he might instead have included a glimpse of the wonderful cinema, La Pagode.
Certainly, hanging out as he does in St Germain where we passed him one afternoon,
he must know La Pagode, despite its being tucked away rather discreetly.
There, behind that affiche-covered wall, you can glimpse the Oriental roof, just behind that not-yet-leafed-out tree.
Once inside the walls, not only can patrons watch films in intimate theatres, sinking into plush red seats, surrounded by reverential cinophiles who do not chat or cough or crinkle candy papers, but they can also sit in this charming Asian garden with drinks.
made for romance . . .
La Pagode is at 57 Rue Babylone, near the Saint-François-Xavier Metro station and just around the corner from the Musée Rodin -- the same Musée whose beautiful grounds feature in Midnight in Paris, with France's First Lady Carla Bruni acting as a tour guide.