Montmartre has its own brand of romanticism – that of la bohème, the bohemian. This character has certainly received attention in the popular mind of North America in films like Moulin Rouge!, La Vie en Rose and Amélie, all set in Montmartre. But the artistic and bohemian reputation of Montmartre has its roots in reality. Edith Piaf did really sing in the streets, and artists such as Dalí, Renoir, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Matisse, van Gogh, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cézanne, and Modigliani, lived and worked (and frequented the cabarets, inventors of the can-can) there. Maurice Utrillo was actually born there, rare for a famed Montmartre artist. American writers such as Langston Hughes and of course Ernest Hemingway spent time haunting Montmartre and their writing shows it. Montmartre still shows up in today’s art, not just in the films above, but in writing, songs, visual art, fashion, and more. Woody Allen premiered his Midnight in Paris at this year’s Cannes Film Festival which, from what I hear, is about the fascination with the romanticism of Paris, and particularly its bohemian and artistic history, and the desire to recapture the idyllic feeling of what we imagine “Paris” to be.
I am a French communication consultant leaving in one my dearest place in Paris: Montmartre. While out of the city, I will be very happy to share my flat overviewing the roofs of the French capital. As part of my hobbies, I enjoy travelling, scuba-diving, looking for tips and tricks and great locations in the city. Don't hesitate to come over and I'll bet you'll fall in love with Montmartre like I did. Montmartre vineyard and Sacré Coeur are at about a 5 minute walking distance.