Exhibit shows Paris in movies

Visitors look at the “Paris Vu par Hollywood” exhibition at Paris City hall during the presentation in Paris on Monday. The new exhibit, “Paris seen by Hollywood,” explores the silver screen’s enduring fascination with Paris featuring clips and images tracing several decades of cinema history;from silent film all the way up to 1990s action movies. Enlarge photo

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Visitors look at the “Paris Vu par Hollywood” exhibition at Paris City hall during the presentation in Paris on Monday. The new exhibit, “Paris seen by Hollywood,” explores the silver screen’s enduring fascination with Paris featuring clips and images tracing several decades of cinema history;from silent film all the way up to 1990s action movies.

PARIS – "All good Americans when they die go to Paris" – so says a poster in a new exhibit tracing American cinema's enduring fascination with the city of light.

The exhibit, "Paris seen by Hollywood," opens Tuesday and displays rare movie storyboards, original sketches and original costumes such as iconic Givenchy dresses worn by Audrey Hepburn. It views the French capital through the eyes of the U.S.: The city of food, fashion but, most of all, romance.

Hepburn's 1957 movie "Ariane,"– one of several films in the display – shows couples passionately embracing in the street, even holding a baguette.

Curator Antoine de Baecque says "Paris in Hollywood is not the real city, it's a cliche. It's an American projection."

The exhibit runs at Paris City Hall until Dec. 15.

Visitors look at the “Paris Vu par Hollywood” exhibition at Paris City hall during the presentation in Paris on Monday. The new exhibit, “Paris seen by Hollywood,” explores the silver screen’s enduring fascination with Paris featuring clips and images tracing several decades of cinema history;from silent film all the way up to 1990s action movies. Enlarge photo

Francois Mori/Associated Press

Visitors look at the “Paris Vu par Hollywood” exhibition at Paris City hall during the presentation in Paris on Monday. The new exhibit, “Paris seen by Hollywood,” explores the silver screen’s enduring fascination with Paris featuring clips and images tracing several decades of cinema history;from silent film all the way up to 1990s action movies.

Visitors look at the “Paris Vu par Hollywood” exhibition at Paris City hall during the presentation in Paris on Monday. The new exhibit, “Paris seen by Hollywood,” explores the silver screen’s enduring fascination with Paris featuring clips and images tracing several decades of cinema history;from silent film all the way up to 1990s action movies. Enlarge photo

Francois Mori/Associated Press

Visitors look at the “Paris Vu par Hollywood” exhibition at Paris City hall during the presentation in Paris on Monday. The new exhibit, “Paris seen by Hollywood,” explores the silver screen’s enduring fascination with Paris featuring clips and images tracing several decades of cinema history;from silent film all the way up to 1990s action movies.