I never was the most avid cinema-goer – always preferring the classics to the latest blockbuster – but having grown up surrounded by an exhaustive collection of videos (with its own filing system and catalogue, no less!) I still consider myself a film lover of sorts.
La Cinémathèque française, brainchild of Henri Langlois and Georges Franju, is the national French film archive and its glass façade proudly dominates the Parc de Bercy, on the doorstep of the renovated, rebaptised AccorHotels Arena. The current museum building was opened in 2005, following several unfortunate relocations to a number of buildings around the city, including the Palais de Chaillot.
Take a look at their programme and you’ll see that there’s always something going on: from film screenings to conferences, not to mention the film library which is open to the general public (at a small fee, unless you’ve already bought a ticket for the exhibition).
There is a rather modest permanent collection, which I don’t find too inspiring but I have yet to visit a temporary exhibition that hasn’t been completely enthralling. Every single one is carefully presented and often indulges visitors in rarely-screened shorts or snippets of interviews.
Go and feast your eyes on:
L’Ecran Japonais (forgive me for being so predictable!)
Tip: films screened here are so much cheaper than your average cinema ticket in the city (€ 6.50)!