Juliette Dubois proposes many cinema strolls:
What is your background?
I studied History and after that I specialised in the History of Cinema at the Paris I – Sorbonne University. A three-year experience in cinematographic production also allowed me to learn more about all the functions of film shooting and preparation.
Why cinema? How did these cinema walks come about?
Films generate our dreams, but they also help learning about history af an area and its inhabitants. . Cinema allows us to make a bridge between different arts and techniques. The idea of Movie-Ballads was born from the desire to offer a new way to discover the town by using all the resources that cinema has to offer.
It makes six years I started this project that had never been tried before and which allowed me to mix my various passions around: towns, their history and cinema. I create tours for movie lovers or for amateurs who simply want to discover places in a more unusual way.
Mixing mainstream movies and real discoveries, old movies and latest film shootings, I do walks in Paris and the suburbs accompanied by tourists and Paris locals with whom I share my enthusiasm and my favourite film clips on my tablet!
How do you build up your ballads, a true discovery of a town through cinema?
In order to build up my visits, I find settings and locations related to cinema. I go to the library and on internet for documentation and I take notes whenever I watch movies in order to enrich my database of shooting or movie locations. For some locations, information can be more difficult to obtain. For Paris, I have been able to contact Mission Cinema once or twice. For the visit that I am preparing in Montreuil, I contacted the chief person responsible of issuing shooting authorisations in the town. These are just some examples. Sometimes, I also talk to directors to appeal for the latest movie reviews. Any source is most welcome.
From that point on, I list all of them on a map and I define the areas that seem the most interesting based on all the information that I have previously noted (shooting sets, places linked to the history of cinema, places still used for movie shooting activities, addresses linked to personalities, etc.). I make all my location requirements onsite and I complete, rearrange or even modify my whole circuit based on what I can find. The participants must enjoy the ballad. Therefore, the environment have to be attractive: there must always be something to see even if it isn't linked to cinema. I complete my information with those links to the history of the neighbourhood. It's so much better if cinema can be the door to speak about these districts.
You are currently building up a cine-ballad around Montreuil, the town of the first film shooting studios.
What can you say about this ballad?
As part of my masters and for my thesis, I was particularly interested in the early stages of cinema. I liked it so much that I am particularly attracted to the pioneers of cinema. The film director Georges Méliès, built the first shooting set studios in the world in Montreuil so I immediately identified Montreuil as the town of cinema.
I also knew that the the studios Pathé/Albatros were very active at the beginning of the last century and more recently I learned that the inventor of cartoons, Emile Reynaud, was born in that town. Montreuil had certainly been true witness of the evolutionof cinema.
Know more about cinema in Montreuil.
What do you want to show in this tour?
What I want to show also is that this town has remained very active in the mater of cinema: many film shootings and international and national series, a famous movie theatre, production companies, workshops, studios, film directors and actors are committed to the town, etc.