In Honor of Bastille Day: French Film Still Inspiration

In Honor of Bastille Day: French Film Still Inspiration

Laure Joliet
Jul 14, 2008

It's the 14th of July which means is Bastille day, the French equivalent of the 4th of July and we couldn't resist pulling together some inspiration from our favorite French (and French-inspired) films for the occasion. Jump below for movies filled with style, attitude and a little bit of je ne sais quoi:

Marie Antoinette was a visual indulgence that left us wanting to hold court in a gold gilded apartment while drinking lots and lots of champagne. How about you?

Umbrellas of Cherbourg: somehow inspiring and depressing. But it's a Catherine Deneuve Classic with bright colors and great interiors.

Le Mepris or Contempt with one of the most iconic Brigitte Bardot scenes ever involving bear skin rug. The whole movie is just cool.

An American In Paris has a great take on living in a studio apartment in the opening scene!

We talk about book storage a lot here on AT and we can't ignore how great this wall of books is in Cache.

Amelie. Hard to forget but harder to replicate. Oh the colors and the charm and the parisian-ness of it all. Sigh.

Before Sunset. Terrible Movie. Just Terrible. But worth Tivo-ing or renting just to skip to the end and see the apartment that Julie Delpy's character lives in. The courtyard, the casual chic-ness of it all is enviable even if the movie is not.

Michel Gondry's The Science of Sleep has one eccentric apartment and one totally covettable one (Charlotte Gainsbourg's).

We could go on and on (Breathless, Une Femme est une Femme, etc). But have we missed some super obvious ones? Leave em in the comments!

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