Monday, January 10, 2011

Régifilm: Authentic Paris Movie Props

We were wandering through the 11e arrondissement, doing what I like to do best: discovering side streets I've never traveled before.

Oh, I was not disappointed.


We happened upon Regifilm on rue Amelot.
My idea of Paris heaven. It was better than a salvage shop or a marché aux puces.

What is it? Apparently, it's an agency that rents props and costumes for period films. We wandered in the jumbled, crowded entrance way -- it wasn't really clear if there was an accueil anywhere, and no one seemed to mind our prowling around, so we just kept wandering further and further into the depths. A murky maze of antique splendor.

So much cool stuff.

Vintage lampposts, mailboxes, street signs, fountains, barrels, lighting, kitchen appliances, mannequins. You name it.
Think of any period Paris movie you've seen, and you can imagine the stock at Régifilm.


Steve Scottsdale said...

Of all the areas of Paris, the 11th is our favorite. We discovered it back in 1998 staying at a Residence on rue Trousseau. Back in those days, rue St. Antoine was a scruffy place, lots of vacant store fronts. The Residence worked for about 5 years til a Accor bought & upgraded it then priced it out of our budget.

But in that time, the vacancies abated, restos & night clubs moved in. We now try to stay as close to Place de la Bastille as possible. As a visitor, it's the real Paris but a step up & a bit more compact than Republic.

When I venture across St. Antoine to Marche d'Aligre & stand amid the fruit & vegetable stands, a soft coolish morning September breeze in my face, the sounds of the stall keepers shouting their wares, the vivid colors and aromas of the fresh food mixing together...I know why Paris is my favorite place in the world.

Carla said...

I too stumbled upon this one day and couldn't believe it. Better than any market. Carla

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Polly-Vous Francais said...

Scott, I'mkind of enamored of the 11e too. Willstay there I hope next visit.

Carla, Isn't it a-MAZ-ing?


contact me at pollyvousfrancais [at] yahoo dot com. It's indicated on the sidebar, but perhaps too obliquely!!

Unknown said...

Are those real Wallace Fountains or plastic replicas?

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Excellent question. They appeared to be real Wallace Fountains. But come to think of it, aren't Wallace Fountains protected cultural artifacts? (They should be.) Need to do some sleuthing!

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