Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Street Origami

I finally got around to seeing the movie Inception a couple of weeks ago. It was pretty complicated but still enjoyable, despite a few gaping loose ends in the story. What the heck: it was still 2 plus hours well spent. Ellen Page is smart and sassy, Marion Cotillard elegant and gorgeous (and speaking English presque sans accent), and Leonardo di Caprio broods. And Paris itself figures prominently in the exposition with some great shots of the Pont Bir Hakeim sporting a set of mirrored doors and a corner cafe in the 7th that blows apart while the characters are seated there.

But by far the most amazing special effect is one where a Paris street rises up and folds back on itself so the black slate roofs are piled on top of each other with the street figuring as both ground and sky. Now that is some kind of crazy.

If you are curious about where the different Paris scenes were shot, you can check out this page on the official Web site of the city of Paris.

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