A place for lovers of film, but of architecture too. It was starchitect (or star architect in normal language) Renzo Piano that created the snail-like building of the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux – Pathé, opened in 2014. Unfortunately its wonderful shape is rather hidden behind classic Parisian facades, but if you look up from a distance you can actually see it. It is only because I live in the neighborhood and have passed the buildings many times, that I noticed the “snail of glass” and wanted to have a closer look at this spot.
The building’s entrance is a piece of rather classic architecture, which the more modern part is attached to. It is worth some attention as well as it includes sculptures by Auguste Rodin (who has a museum dedicated to him elsewhere in Paris).
Once inside the building the main purpose is to watch silent movies, accompanied by live piano. But you can also access the first floor, where you can find the biggest collection of cameras that I have ever seen, showing models from as early as 1896 up to the 1980s.
It is a bit of a disappointment that the rest of the building – providing access to Piano’s genius spaces – is only provided by guided visits on Saturdays (in French). But should you be in Paris on a Saturday, and if you understand a little French, please go because it’s a hidden gem.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, there are silent films shown at a rate of € 6.50.