Since I moved to Paris, about 75% of the screens on the Champs Elysées have closed due to the outrageous rents that are charged.
However, there are a few cinemas left, and since I was in the neighborhood (and not at work!), I took a picture of all of the current cinematographic offerings on the Champs Elysées this week. Here is what is playing, but it is just a very small selection of what you can see in Paris at the cinema.
In case you are wondering, the two films now playing that have received the best reviews are "Le Ruban Blanc," the Austrian film that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes film festival this year, and "Le Concert," a French film by a Romanian director concerning the fact that Leonid Brezhnev had all of the Jewish musicians in the Bolshoi orchestra fired. The former (Jewish) conductor has become a janitor and intercepts, many years later, a fax from Paris inviting the Bolshoi orchestra to perform in one of the most prestigious theatres. He contacts all of the musicians who are fired, and they all come to Paris to masquerade as the Bolshoi orchestra. I haven't seen the movie yet, so I don't know if it is as good as the critics say it is.
Country Teacher didn't fit our schedule, so I ended up going to Four Chapters while the girls hung out with the college crowd. Indian, obscure in some ways yet with overly obvious contrast between saint/brute in two sets of brothers. Actually I'm not entitled to review it, since I left 1/3 way through to watch ice dancing and soak in our fancy hotel room jacuzzi.
I walked in and paid my money before noticing that the film was to be shown on a largish screen TV at one end of a long narrow coffeehouse. Some guy walked up and put the DVD in. It was like watching a DVD at home, but in an uncomfortable chair.
My favorite walking out experience was an odd film we saw years ago at Washington U: lots of naked people in the woods, Europeans and a primitive tribe I think. We watched it all and at the end a man walked towards the exit saying, "Trash!" He wanted the rest of to know he was disgusted with what we'd just watched all of.
I watched the trailers, including the one dubbed in French, for Iron Man 2 because I like Robt. D. Jr. Made me wonder, kerouac and others fluent in English, whether you go to the dubbed big screen versions of Hollywood films. Is is just as easy to see them subtitled?
I see everything in the original version except some animated films, because sometimes the voice cast is more interesting to me in French. For example in "Up" the old man was voiced by Charles Aznavour. I'll take him over Edward Asner any day of the week.
More than half of the screens in Paris present films in original version only, and it is gaining ground here. I'm not sure about the other cities of France, where dubbed versions still hold the upper ground.
Yes, there is one UGC that plays films in VO. But it's surrounded by other movie theatres that don't. And the big Gaumont doesn't. There are 2 Utopias, and several small places that play only VO, but these only show indie American or British movies.