POLL: Favorite Cinematic City?

Apologies for the lack of posts today, but I have been exceedingly busy trying to get things wrapped up at work before I leave for my Paris and Rome excursion next week. In the weeks leading up to the trip I have had thoughts of great Parisian and Roman cinema on my mind and been thinking about all the great films set in each of those cities. I thought this pondering would lead to a good poll question – what is the best cinematic city?

Think of places that are so omnipresent in films that the city becomes a character itself. I chose five cities that I think of when I think of movies and selected three films from those cities that exhibit their location well. Don’t vote on the films selected, but on the city and be sure to share your favorite movies that are set in that location. If your choice is “Other” be sure to explain in the comments!

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  • Sonia

    San Francisco

  • San Fran gets you ‘Vertigo,’ but ‘Midnight in Paris,’ and ‘An American in Paris’ both use their city in a way that convinces me that it is most in tune with cinema.

    And ‘The 400 Blows’ is all-time top 10 for me.

  • My only issue with ‘An American in Paris’ and its Parisian authenticity is that it was filmed on an MGM soundstage in Los Angeles. However, that final ballet scene is tres magnifique!

  • It’s strange to have a film like “Unknown come up in a conversation like this, but the thing that stood out so prominently and beautifully was the look of Berlin, Germany. It was also featured shortly in “Hanna”, but not as obviously. I find that whenever Berlin shows up in a film I’m watching, it adds a bit of class to the film. I know many are saying, “who’s not going to vote for Paris?” I delight in going against the crowd.

  • I must admit I’m kind of surprised that both Paris and Rome are currently beating New York and Los Angeles. I’m proud Film Misery readers are so worldly. :)

  • Alex, Minnelli wanted to shoot ‘An American in Paris’ in Paris but was both poitically and financial unable to do so. A few years later he was able to, so ‘Gigi’ was actually shot there. If you substitute that one in, Paris is still equally strong.

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