Hello, my name is Hannah Andrade and this video essay is for my Creative Writing: Introduction to Multimedia Composition course. For this project I am focusing on how Paris, France is depicted in film and how it may appear to a tourist in reality. Paris, France… When you hear about it what do you think? Do you think of the Eiffel Tower? Baguettes everywhere? All Parisians wearing cute little berets? Well, many films may have depicted Paris, France in a way that can lead to these kinds of stereotypes as well as romanticized or unrealistic views of the city. Many films can manipulate our view of a city or location. Films may depict Paris as otherworldly or a utopia. One film that has depicted Paris like this would be “Midnight in Paris” directed by Woody Allen. This film puts Paris in a positive light and paints it as a beautiful place all the time. This can lead tourists astray. You might ask, how can a movie about a man going back in time at midnight in Paris fool audiences and prospective tourists into an idealized view of the city? Well, for starters, let us take a look at the opening credits of the film. [Add opening scene from “Midnight in Paris”] The opening credits include beautiful shots of landmarks in Paris, perfect lighting, and an impression of the city that may take an audience member’s breath away when they watch the film. The music in the background can also lead to an idyllic illustration of the city as well. A sense of nostalgia, a calming mood, and the pretty shots of the city all combined will produce a form of desirability or allure of the city. This film makes Paris appear as a dreamy euphoric location. Paris appears as a city of perfection and romance. It’s beautiful at night, it’s beautiful in the day, and it’s beautiful in the rain. This movie makes Paris seem completely magical and a desirable place. While “Midnight in Paris” glamorizes the idea of visiting Paris for many prospective tourists, the film “Paris, Je T’aime” can give viewers a balanced illustration at what Paris can be like. It can be a place of beauty, but it can also be a place where one cannot escape troubles or their past. Paris can be a place of enjoyment, a place of sadness, a place of loss and confusion. It can take one’s breath away positively and negatively. In the following scene from “Paris, Je T’aime”, we see Carol played by Margo Martindale give a reflection of her experience in Paris as well as a visual realization of what Paris can truly be like. [Add 14e Arrondissement-Carol scene from “Paris, Je T’aime”]. In actuality, this film portrays Paris as a city. A real city is depicted, one that has its glamour and charm, as well as a location where you can get a burger or Chinese food. This scene shows the extraordinary and ordinary aspects of Paris. The city may not be as magical as one may think when seeing “Midnight in Paris”, but it still has its moments. In “Paris, Je T’aime” there is a realization that Paris may be a little different from other cities, but not entirely. You will see landmarks that are iconic however; experiences with food for example, may be the same. “Paris, Je T’aime” depicts Paris as a beautiful city; however, it does not exaggerate it as “Midnight in Paris” does. Paris, however, may make an individual like Carol, feel both joy and sadness at the same time. A city does have the power to move people and stir strong emotions, however, it isn’t perfect. An opening scene like in “Midnight in Paris” will heighten the expectations of the city. One may be manipulated by what they are seeing. An individual will think that what they see will be what they will get the entire time they are in Paris. While one film embellishes Paris completely and enhances the city, the other film displays its beauties and its flaws as well. “Midnight in Paris” shows just the good side of the city, the pretty, the beauty, the nostalgia, and the romanticism. Film can idealize a location, an idea, and a person even. Films have the power to mystify us and films such as “Midnight in Paris” can cloud our minds and lure us into traveling to Paris or wanting to be there. “Midnight in Paris” can convince people that the city is perfect all the time, when in actuality, like all cities in the world, it is not and it has its imperfections. “Paris, Je T’aime” shows the moving effect a city can have on an individual, but how it can be a normal place as well. Films like “Midnight in Paris” and “Paris, Je T’aime” can influence our perspective of Paris and what we may expect from the city. It is up to us, however, to determine what a city like Paris may truly be like. It can be magical, it can be blemished, it can be beautiful, it can be lonely, or it can be romantic. Films like the ones mentioned, can just alter our view or opinion before we visit and experience a city such as Paris.