The Eiffel Tower - on the Screen

The Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower under construction
Eiffel Tower under construction

A visual tour of the Eiffel Tower as seen in the movies.

Some quick facts about the tower -

The Eiffel Tower was constructed in 1889
It took 2 years and 2 months to complete construction
Principal designer was Alexandre Gustave Eiffel
It stands 1063 feet tall
It is made of iron
It weighs 10,000 tons
There are 1710 steps to the top
It has two elevators and two restaurants
It was the tallest man-made structure in the world for 41 years
until the Chrysler Building was constructed in New York in 1930
It is the most visited paid monument in the world
6.8 million people visit the tower every year
It has become the most prominent symbol of Paris and France

The Crazy Ray
The Crazy Ray

The Crazy Ray. A 1925 silent film directed by Rene Clair, a nightwatchman sleeping at the top of the Eiffel Tower wakes to find Paris has stopped moving. All the people frozen in mid movement. A mad scientist has invented a "crazy ray" which has immobilized most of Paris, only people high up seem to have escaped its effects.

Casablanca
Casablanca
Casablanca - poster
Casablanca - poster



"We'll always have Paris." Rick and Ilsa in Paris, a flashback scene from the Hollywood classic Casablanca (1942) directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt and Peter Lorre.

Nominated for 8 Oscars and winning 3 Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Man on the Eiffel Tower - poster
Man on the Eiffel Tower - poster

The Man on the Eiffel Tower (1949) directed by Burgess Meredith and starring Charles Laughton, Franchot Tone, Robert Hutton and Burgess Meredith. Laughton plays Inspector Maigret who's on the trail of a cold-blooded killer (Tone), an uneven film with a famous chase climax through the streets and roofs of Paris and finally on top of the Eiffel Tower.

War of the Worlds (1953)
War of the Worlds (1953)
War of the Worlds (1953) - poster
War of the Worlds (1953) - poster


War of the Worlds (1953) directed by Byron Haskin and produced by George Pal, starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. Based on H.G. Wells classic novel.

Sir Cedric Hardwicke narrates - “The Martians had no resistance to the bacteria in our atmosphere to which we have long since become immune. Once they had breathed our air, germs, which no longer affect us, began to kill them. The end came swiftly. All over the world, their machines began to stop and fall."

Funny Face poster
Funny Face poster

Funny Face (1957) directed by Stanley Donen, starring Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire. A colourful musical set in Paris, Astaire is a 58 year old fashion photographer who loves taking photos of 28 year old Miss Hepburn, and who can blame him?

The Great Race
The Great Race

The Great Race (1965) directed by Blake Edwards and starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk. 1908 and The Great Leslie (Curtis) and his nemesis Professor Fate (Lemmon) enter a New York to Paris road race. The film ends with Professor Fate attempting to destroy the Great Leslie's car by firing a cannon at it, he misses and knocks down the Eiffel Tower instead.

Nominated for 5 Oscars, winning for Best Sound.

Thunderball
Thunderball
Thunderball poster
Thunderball poster


Thunderball (1965) directed by Terence Young and starring Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi and Luciana Paluzzi. The first appearance of the Eiffel Tower in a Bond film, Emilio Largo (Celi) on his way to a meeting with SPECTRE no.1 to discuss the 'NATO Project'.

Won an Oscar for Special Effects and Ken Adams set design was nominated for a British Academy Award.

Marathon Man
Marathon Man

"Is it safe?" CIA agent Roy Scheider looking out of his Paris balcony, about to be attacked by one of Szell's henchmen in the exciting thriller Marathon Man (1976) directed by John Schlesinger and starring Dustin Hoffman as Scheider's unknowing brother, Laurence Olivier as Nazi war criminal Szell and William Devane as a crooked cop.

Superman II
Superman II
Superman II
Superman II

Superman II (1981) directed by Richard Lester and starring Christopher Reeve, Gene Hackman, Margot Kidder and Terence Stamp. Terrorists hiding in the Eiffel Tower threaten to blow up Paris with a nuclear bomb. Lois gets involved and it's Superman to the rescue.

2010
2010
2010 poster
2010 poster


2010 (1984) directed by Peter Hyams and starring Roy Scheider, John Lithgow, Helen Mirren and Bob Balaban. Based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke and a sequel to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Scheider joins a Russian space mission to Jupiter to find out what happened to the U.S.S Discovery.

At the climax of the film, mysterious alien beings with god-like powers ignite Jupiter turning it into a second sun in our Solar System. People in cities round the world see a new bright star in the sky.

A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill - poster
A View to a Kill - poster


A View to a Kill (1985) directed by John Glen and starring Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Tanya Roberts, Grace Jones and Patrick Macnee. James Bond chases the murderous May Day up the Eiffel Tower where she makes a quick exit by jumping off and gliding down in a parachute.

58 year old Roger Moore's 7th and last Bond movie. Timothy Dalton took over as 007 for the next two films.

European Vacation
European Vacation
European Vacation poster
European Vacation poster


Chevy Chase, Beverly D.Angelo, Dana Hill and Jason Lively pose in front of the Eiffel Tower in the hilarious comedy National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) directed by Amy Heckerling.

Stewardess: Can I get you anything to drink?
Clark Griswold: Honey? I guess I'll have a Coke.
Stewardess: Do you want that in the can?
Clark Griswold: No, I'll have it right here.

Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks!
Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacks! (1996) directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Natalie Portman, Jack Black, Jim Brown and Tom Jones.

Martian invaders attack important landmarks around the Earth and chase Tom Jones around Vegas asking for his autograph. But they react badly to Slim Whitman's rendition of "Indian Love Call". Ack! Ack! Ack!

Armageddon
Armageddon
Armageddon
Armageddon

"Merde!" Paris is turned to rubble when it gets hit by a chunk of asteroid in Michael Bay's disaster epic Armageddon (1998) starring Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Owen Wilson and Steve Buscemi. Nominated for four Oscars including Best Visual Effects.

Which begs the question why do asteroids or meteors always target major cities?

Team America
Team America
Team America poster
Team America poster


Team America: World Police (2004) directed by Trey Parker. Puppet animation by the makers of South Park. Terrorists blow up Paris and it's up to anti-terrorist force Team America to hunt them down before they destroy the world.

The film has violence, gore, profanity, vulgarity, nudity, sex (in every position imaginable for two naked puppets) and is hilarious if taken the right way. Inspired by Gerry Anderson's hit 60's series Thunderbirds.



Ratatouille
Ratatouille

Ratatouille (2007) directed by Brad Bird and with the voices of Patton Oswalt, Lou Romano, Ian Holm and Peter O'Toole. A Pixar animation. Remy the rat helps Linguini, a restaurant garbage boy, become a good cook.

Nominated for 5 Oscars, winning Best Animated Feature Film.

Rush Hour 3
Rush Hour 3

Rush Hour 3 (2007) directed by Brett Ratner and starring Chris Tucker, Jackie Chan, Max Von Sydow and Hiroyuki Sanada.

After an assassination attempt on the Chinese Ambassador, Detective Carter and Inspector Lee are sent to Paris to protect a French girl who knows the identity of Triads' secret leaders. The final fight sequence takes place on the Eiffel Tower.

28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later

28 Weeks Later (2007) directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and starring Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne and Jeremy Renner. A sequel to Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later (2002). The deadly Rage Virus has annihilated most of the population of Britain, turning the infected into rabid cannibalistic zombies. In the last shot of the film we see that the virus has reached Paris as the infected run out of a tunnel towards the city.

GI Joe
GI Joe
GI Joe
GI Joe

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009) directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Dennis Quaid, Channing Tatum, Sienna Miller, Marlon Wayans, Rachel Nichols and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Cobra agents fire a deadly new weapon based on nanotechnology at the Eiffel Tower, the vapor from the blast starts to dissolve the iron structure and the tower topples over into the Seine. Our heroes the G.I. Joe set out to stop Cobra from melting other famous landmarks. It's basically Team America without the strings, sex and gore.

Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows - poster
Sherlock Holmes - A Game of Shadows - poster

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Robert Downey jr, Jude Law, Naomi Rapace, Rachel McAdams and Jared Harris.

The fate of Europe hangs in the balance as Holmes and Watson go after the Napoleon of Crime, Professor James Moriarty, the trail leads them to Strasbourg, Paris and Iceland.

Midnight in Paris
Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris (2011) directed by Woody Allen and starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Gil and Inez travel to Paris, he falls in love with the city but she doesn't share his idea that 1920s Paris was the golden age. One night she goes dancing with some friends while he walks around the streets, an old car stops by and the passengers invite him over to a party. Gil finds himself transported to 1920s Paris.

Nominated for four Oscars - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Art Direction

Hugo
Hugo
Hugo - poster
Hugo - poster


Hugo (2011) directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Asa Butterfield and Chloe Moretz. 1930s Paris. A young orphan lives in a train station fixing clocks and other gadgets, one day he meets a cranky old man who owns a toy shop, his name is Georges Melies, one of the pioneers of cinema.

Nominated for 11 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.

Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 3
Call of Duty - Modern Warfare 3

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21 comments

Flickr 4 years ago

Something you might not think to think about being in the movies, the Eiffel tower. It has just increased its popularity just a little more, thanks for sharing.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Well even the Eiffel Tower needs a little love sometimes Flickr, thanks for posting!


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rabbit75 4 years ago

Wow, I'm surprised how many movies have the Eiffel Tower in them. This hub brings back memories of getting to see this unique symbol and French landmark. Would love to go back to France and see it again.

As always, great information about the Eifell Tower. I liked the facts and tid bits that you always put in your detailed hubs. Great pictures as always Steve. You got one more to add. G.I. Joe Rise of the Cobra has the Eiffel Tower in it too, in which it's destroyed by nano-bytes.

Voted up and awesome and useful!


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rabbit75 4 years ago

oh, never mind there, my bad, I didn't see G.I. Joe right above Sherlock Holmes...Great Job!


Breen Bergstrome 4 years ago

First going to congratulate you on 107...and counting. Way to be, Steve.

Now I'll spend the next half hour or so reading and dreaming over this hub.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

As always, this is beautiful. Congratulations again on passing 100 followers. I will have to take this in several posted comments.

This comment will focus on which movies I have seen that you include, in order that they are included as well as what I don't know.

I have seen:

Casablanca

Funny Face

The Great Race

Thunderball

Marathon Man

A View to a Kill

(I tried to watch Mars Attacks but couldn't)

Films I haven't heard of before:

The Crazy Ray

Man on the Eiffel Tower

Films I forgot existed:

Team America

Rush Hour 3


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

Films I can imagine me seeing if I found them (hint, the others I don't want to see):

The Crazy Ray (now that you've told me about it)

The Man on the Eiffel Tower - I love Inspector Maigret, so thanks for telling me about it

War of the worlds - that's a must see eventually

Ratatouille

Hugo

I will come back later or tomorrow to talk about artwork


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Steve, excellent hub, great photos again. I was surprised to find I have seen quite a lot of the featured movies. Some of my favourites:

Casablanca, Mars Attacks, The Great Race, Thunderball, View to A Kill and Funny Face.

I have seen Team America as well, which I thought was funny in parts (and daft in other parts).

I was amazed to see Call of Duty, is that a game? It looks like a movie.

Looking forward to seeing Hugo and Midnight in Paris.

Voted up, etc,etc


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

rabbit75, Breen, Flora, Jools, your comments are very much appreciated merci beaucoup [bites into onion]. :)

rabbit75, glad you liked my little tribute to La Tour Eiffel. yep I remembered that scene from GI Joe.

Breen, thanks, it's nice to have over 100 followers. I thought it was cool when I had 20 followers. :)

Flora, thank you yep Bruce boosted my following with that thread. It was nice of him. I thought you would have seen Man on the Eiffel Tower, not a great film but Laughton is always watchable and the ending is exciting.

There were many more films set in Paris, I couldn't include them all. Gigi had a scene where Jourdan and Chevalier ride a carriage under the tower. And there was Paris Where it Sizzles starring Audrey Hepburn and William Holden. And of course countless French films that feature the famous landmark.

Jools, I cheated a bit with that second to last picture it was from last years big video game Modern Warfare 3. I saw it when I was preparing this hub and couldn't resist adding it. Well it looks like a scene from a spactacular movie! Games have changed since I was a boy, Space Invaders doesn't look all that impressive now. :)

Thanks all for posting


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Very nicely done Steve. Lots of interesting movies on this list. I think I have seen all the movies except two....The Crazy Ray and The Man on the Eiffel Tower. Of the movies I have seen I like Casablanca(of course), A View To A Kill(actually the only scene in the movie I like is the Eiffel Tower scene) and Midnight in Paris(which I just saw yesterday).

Lots of interesting facts about the actual Eiffel Tower that I really enjoyed reading. I wonder how many writers have spent sleepless nights trying to figure out how to destroy the Eiffel Tower in a new and creative way. I wonder when they will make a movie about how they rebuild the Eiffel Tower....maybe G.I. Joe 2 will be the movie that does that, since they destroyed it in the first one...lol.

Great selection of photos as always....I imagine you will be able to find some better photos of Midnight in Paris later as there are many scenes with Owen Wilson and the tower in the background. Voted up and interesting.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub and thanks for sharing.

Take care;

Eddy.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Cogerson, Eddy, bonjour and thanks for commenting it is appreciated.

Bruce, I've done 11 of these 'in the movies' hubs so far, they seem to be popular. Jesus is a bestseller! The Devil not far behind. When I've written aboot 100 of these I'll get them printed as a king-size coffe-table book... oh wait I forgot no one buys books anymore, damn internet!! ;)

I will keep a lookout for a better photo from Midnight in Paris. One where the Eiffel Tower doesn't look like a large Xmas tree in the distance. :)


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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Merci Beaucoup, Mon ami for this fabulous tour around Eiffel in the movies. Great list of movies brought back a lot of cinematic memories for me and a strong sense of Deja vu!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Merci Docmo, votre commentaire est apprécié.

When the tower was first erected many Parisians hated it, calling it an eyesore. A generation or two later and they beamed with pride at the very mention of it. :)


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

It was built for the World's Fair. Probably the French were hoping that once the fair was over it would be torn down? There is apparently an image of M. Eiffel on the stairs. Another hubber who has been there took a photo of it.

Now, on to the artwork:

I don't remember seeing the Casablanca poster before. It is gorgeous and my favourite. I love all the faces except for Rick being in one tone only while he is in normal colour. Classic. I also enjoy the simplicity of the poster for From Paris With love. (I wonder what Flemming's estate thinks of that title.?)

I prefer the Thunderball poster to a View To a Kill. The latter doesn't quite look enough like Roger Moore. Fred's face doesn't quite look like Fred in the Funny Face poster either.

as to photographs:

The Crazy Ray picture makes me afraid for them even though it is only a photograph.

The picture from War of the Worlds is my favourite destruction picture. Simple but effective.

Marathon Man is my favourite picture with the Tower in the background. The others are meant to say "hey! It's the Eiffel Tower behind us!" This one instead is "well, it is there but we aren't going to focus on it. we have a serious plot to consider." Not everyone comes to Paris to site see...


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks for reviewing my Eiffel gallery Flora, appreciate that.

There is a version of that Casablanca poster which is nearly B/W except for the title which is red. I picked the colour version. I like colour. But I don't want to see a colorised version of that film. It's one of the best looking B/W films ever. Look out for an illustrated hub on Casablanca coming up soon.

I just noticed the tower looks distorted in the View to a Kill poster, a stylistic touch. It looks like its starting to droop. ;)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

thank you, steve. what a fun journey!


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Thanks PDXKaraokeGuy. I had fun compiling this one. :)


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK

The Eiffel Tower - you either love it or hate it. I've met a few people who think it's just a wrought iron monstrosity. I'm in the opposite camp; I think it's possibly my favourite building in the world.

So it's not nice to see it getting blown up, toppled and destroyed in so many movies!! Why do directors (like asteroids) love destroying great buildings? I suppose it's understandable for dramatic effect, but I just hope it never happens in real life to the Eiffel Tower.

I've probably seen about half these films - probably my favourite would be 'Thunderball', or maybe 'War of the Worlds' or 'Marathon Man', though 'Casablanca' is the obvious classic in most peoples' eyes. But I must admit I'm intrigued by your mention of 'The Crazy Ray'. Made in 1925! Sounds a bit like a 'Day of the Triffids' type scenario. Whether it's a good film or not I have no idea, but the concept sounds way ahead of its time. Good research Steve, to put all these films together. Alun.


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Steve Lensman 4 years ago from London, England Author

Merci Alun, appreciate the comment. When the Eiffel Tower was new the Parisians hated it, it didn't look like anything they'd seen before. But they got used to it. :)

This hub has had hundreds of views, there is still interest in the old tower. Looking at my stats the Eiffel Tower hub has had more views than my Empire State Building hub, but both are beaten by 'Big Ben on the Screen', which has had nearly a thousand views since I published it. The old clock tower that fascinating?

Thanks for posting.


ParisEncore 9 months ago

Thanks for the great list and images! I especially like the "Midnight in Paris". I have added 8 more of the Eiffel Tower’s stunning appearances in 21st Century’s pop culture http://www.parisencore.com/19/eiffel-towers-8-stun...

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