Paris, the city of love is the most shot location in Hollywood movies. Approximately 800 movies “ took place” in Paris over the past centenary of which mostly were reconstructed in the studios in America, at least until the 50’s. Ernst Lubitsch, with the reputation of being Hollywood’s most elegant and sophisticated film director at the time , has set a remarkable amount of12 films in Paris without shooting one scene on location. “There is Paramount-Paris and MGM Paris, and of course, the real Paris” ,he once remarked.

Today Hotel de Ville brings together a broad collection of archived documents on how American cinema has represented the French capital for over a century. The exposition includes movie sets from John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge” , dresses designed for Audrey Hepburn by Hubert de Givenchy and monumental statues created by the designer Dante Ferreti for Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo”.