Cinema Studio 28
Sometimes on Friday nights, Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) goes alone to the Studio 28 cinema to watch movies.
In the dark, she turns to look at the faces of the other spectators in the room.
Her favorite thing to do is to spot the little details in movies that no one notices. In François Truffaut’s film Jules and Jim, for example, she sees an insect on the window during the kissing scene.
What she hates is drivers who don’t look at the road in old American movies.
In France, the film’s soundtrack sold 1,082,400 copies.
Initially, for the music, Jean-Pierre Jeunet wanted to hire Michael Nyman, composer of The Piano Lesson. But that could not be done. By chance, the filmmaker hears Yann Tiersen’s music during a car ride with one of his assistants who is listening to a cassette. He is a musician close to Nyman’s style but composing with eclectic instruments. He then fell in love with his music and bought the rights to these earlier compositions for his feature film. Yann Tiersen then wrote the main theme of the film, La valse d’Amélie, recorded in numerous variations throughout the film.
10 Rue Tholozé
It is at 10 rue Tholozé in Paris that the Studio 28 cinema is located, inaugurated in 1928.
Classified as Art et Essai, this cinema was inaugurated on February 10, 1928, hence its name of Studio 28 cinema.
Jean-Placide Mauclaire decided to create it in order to dedicate it to cinematographic research.
It was built on the site of a former cabaret of chansonniers and could accommodate up to 400 spectators. It screened the first Chinese film in France, as well as the feature films of Abel Gance. It welcomed many artists such as Jean Cocteau or Luis Bunuel.
It was the projection of the latter’s film, The Golden Age, that triggered a fight. The owner had to leave the theater. In 1932, the theater was reopened and began showing American films such as those of the Marx Brothers and Frank Capra.
Closed for security reasons, the Studio 28 cinema reopened thanks to the Roulleau brothers in 1950. Gance and Cocteau were the patrons and the theater became once again a cultural Mecca.
Today, it has a capacity of 170 seats and is equipped with a 10 m screen. It is the first public theater in Paris to be equipped with a 4K projector.
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