Released in 2011, Midnight In Paris was a huge success for Woody Allen. Part of it must be that location, and Allen managed to make Paris on screen as beautiful as any city had even been. Much like what he did for Manhattan in 1979, Allen opened Midnight In Paris with a montage of the city, to put the audience into the mood of Paris. It also features the music of Sidney Bechet, a track called Si tu vous ma mere.
The footage takes us through the course of a day – from bright skies to the beautiful lights that come out at night. Many of the locations are later used throughout the film. We are currently working on tracking down every filming location for Midnight Paris, but we wanted to plot out this scene in particular. There’s so many places that we visit for a second.
Here’s every location from Midnight In Paris’ opening scene. Here’s that scene if you’ve not seen it.
The Eiffel Tower and pont Alexandre III, that lovely ornate bridge over the Seine river. We are standing around Concorde, looking west, right in the middle of Paris.
La place François-Ier. Just west of Grand Palais. We’re looking down rue François-Ier, heading south east. 8th Arr.
Cours la Reine, the lovely walk on the north edge of the Seine, right near pont Alexandre III (just a little to the east of that bridge). 8th Arr.
The view of Paris as seen from the front of the Sacre Coeur, the beautiful church to the North, in the district known as Monmartre. The street we see is rue du Cardinal Dubois. Behind is the city’s east, as we look south. 18th Arr.
The Moulin Rouge. 82 Boulevard de Clichy, in Monmartre. 18th Arr.
Place de la Concorde, looking down the Champs Élysées. You can see the Arc de Triomphe at the end of the road. 8th Arr.
Then another shot of Place de la Concorde. We looking over the river and pont de la Concorde and the National Assembly building.
We are on pont des Arts, on the river near the Louvre, and facing east towards pont Neuf and the most western point of Ile de la cité, one of two little islands on the Seine. 1st Arr.
Rue de la Bonne, on the more northern end, north of the Sacre Coeur and looking up at it. 18th Arr.
The intersection of rue Galande and rue Saint-Julien le Pauvre. It’s in the 5th Arr just south of Notre Dame.
We are on the West Bank of Île Saint-Louis, looking towards Île de la Cité. The bridge is pont Saint-Louis and we see two buildings. On the left is Notre Dame, the famous church. The right is actually apartments for some lucky folks.
The outside dining area of restaurant Le Fouquet’s Paris, on 99 Av. des Champs-Élysées. 8th Arr.
The Bassin Octogonal, on the western side of jardin des Tulleries, near Concorde. 1st Arr.
Place de la Concorde once again. You can see the fountain in the middle, and we’re facing west. 8th Arr.
On Avenue de Camoens, a small street across the river, west side, of the Eiffel Tower. 16th Arr.
Jardin du Palais Royal, on the edge of the beautiful garden at the Palais Royal. 1st Arr.
Café du Trocadéro, located in place du Trocadéro, across the river towards the west of the Eiffel Tower. In the background you can just make out base of the tower, as well as one of the statues on pont d’Iena. 16th Arr.
The staircase at the south of rue Paul Albert, just to the east of Sacre Coeur. The street at the bottom of the staircase is rue Charles Nodier. 18th Arr.
Outside Musée Monmartre on rue Cortot, Monmartre. 18th Arr.
The flower shop on the corner of rue Edouard Colonne and quai de la Mégisserie. It’s along the north bank of the Seine, just east of the Louvre. Théâtre du Châtelet is part of the building.
Avenue Foch, the garden buffered stretch runs west off Arc De Triomphe, which can be seen in the distance. 16th Arr.
Looking west at pont Louis Phillipe, from pont d’Arcole. To the right is the north edge of île Saint-Louis. 4th Arr.
Another look at Fouquet’s.
The magnificent Grand Palais, running off the Champs-Élysées. We are looking east at it from pont Royal, and the bridge in the foreground is passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor. 8th Arr.
Pont de l’Archevêché, the eastern most bridge off île de la Cité. We are looking north, and you can see Notre Dame on the left.
Place de Concorde again, in particular the fountained de Mers, the maritime fountain. Then the bridge is pont de la Concorde, and the National Assembly on the right, in the back.
The pyramid at the Louvre.
Looking west at pont Alexandre III from port de la Concorde.
The Palais Garnier, Paris’ home for opera. We are looking north at it from avenue de l’Opera. 2nd Arr.
Café du Trocadéro again. This time we are looking south on avenue de l’Elyau, with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. 16th Arr.
A bunch of old French buildings taken from some height. Could be a zoom of a shot taken from Monmartre, but we really don’t know.
Place de la Concorde again, as it rains. Looking north at it, we see two buildings: the one of the right is the home of the Naval Ministry, the one of the left is the Hotel de Crillon. 8th Arr.
Looking north down rue Saint Antoine at the start, the point where it meets place de la Bastille. 4th Arr.
The square known as place de Palais Royal. We are on the corner of rue de Valois and rue Saint Honoré, running left to right. 1sr Arr.
Arc de Triomphe as viewed from avenue Marceau. 8th Arr.
Looking south down rue François Ier from avenue Montaigne. Note the Dior store. 8th Arr.
Where pont Saint Michel meets quai Saint Michel. We are facing east, looking back over Île de la Cité on the left. 5th Arr.
Looking south down rue de la Paix from Opera. At the end of the street is the Vendôme column. 2nd Arr.
It’s the Champs-Élysées, although it’s hard to pick exactly where. 8th Arr.
Boulevard Saint Germain, in particular the mk2 cinema on 113 boulevard Saint Germain. We’re facing west. 6th Arr.
On boulevard Saint Germain, looking down carrefour de l’Odeon. The cinema UGC Danton (99 boulevard Saint Germain) on the left. 6th Arr.
132 boulevard Saint Germain. That Tati Or has gone.
Looking north up rue de l’Ancienne Comédie from boulevard Saint Germain.
Cute little cour de Rohan, located just behind boulevard Saint Germain, to the north, on the same block as the last three shots.
Place Larue, on the corner of rue de la Montagne Sainte Geneviève and rue Descartes.
Place Saint André des Arts, where rue Danton meets the Suger. 6th Arr.
Looking north up at Place Saint Michel, pretty much turning around from the last shot. You can see a sign for the metro station Saint Michel.
Three shots of Parc Monceau. The lake, a path and a statue. 8th Arr.
Place Vendôme streetlight and street sign. 1st Arr.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées again. Looking east at night. In the distance, the obelisk from place de la Concorde.
Amusements at jardin des Tulleries
Place Vendôme at night. 1st Arr.
Rue de Rivoli, just before it hits place de la Concorde, facing west. 8th Arr.
Avenue des Champs-Élysées again. Arc de Triomphe in lights.
Place Vendôme again. 1st Arr.
Traffic along pont de Bir-Hakeim, with the overhead train track on the right. Just south of the Eiffel Tower.
Pont Neuf at night.
Looking north (north-east) at the Eiffel Tower from avenue du Président Kennedy, with pont de Bir-Hakeim in the foreground.
Look out for our complete guide to all the locations in Midnight In Paris soon. Check out all our filming location guides.