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3 Films Shot in Belleville

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Casque d’Or - 1952

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The Red Balloon - 1956

3 Films Shot in Belleville

Belleville is one of the most famous Parisian neighborhoods. A vibrant community converges within its limits and many stories have been inspired by its cultural richness. Celebrating the airing of Paris Undercover, set in Belleville itself, we have selected three must-see productions set in this exciting area of the French capital.

Casque d’Or - 1952

Directed by Jacques Becker, who featured Belleville in numerous of his productions, Casque d’Or is a Belle Époque tragedy telling the story of an ill-fated love affair between characters played by Simone Signoret and Serge Reggiani. The story was loosely based on an infamous love triangle between the prostitute Amélie Élie and the Apache gang leaders Manda and Leca, which was the subject of much sensational newspaper reporting during 1902.

The Red Balloon - 1956

Written, produced, and directed by Albert Lamorisse, The Red Ballon is a fantasy comedy-drama production starring Pascal Lamorisse. This short movie follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a sentient, mute, red balloon, was filmed in the Ménilmontant neighbourhood of Paris.

The Red Ballon won numerous awards, including an Oscar for Lamorisse for writing the Best Original Screenplay in 1956 and the Palme d'Or for short films at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival. It is the only short film to win the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Femme Fatale

Directed by Brian De Palma -- who was also behind famous productions like Carrie (1976), Dressed to Kill (1980), Scarface (1983), The Untouchables (1987), and Mission: Impossible (1996) – this is an erotic action thriller with a unique style. The movie stars Antonio Banderas and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos in the story of a former jewel thief and con woman trying to live the straight life, who is suddenly exposed to the world by a voyeuristic photographer, Nicholas Bardo, who takes a sudden interest in her.

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