Through fashionable Paris in the footsteps of Audrey Hepburn

    04 Feb 2015
    Clock 15min      Length2mi
    3 ratings

    Cour Vendôme

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    To your left, you will see three tall, squared-off arches, with gates of iron and gilt. Walk into the marble-floored courtyard, known as the Cour Vendôme. This shortcut offers peace and quiet after the bustle of the rue St-Honore. Ahead on the right, you will see rounded archways leading into the Place Vendôme. This is one of the most elegant squares in Paris, home to the Ritz hotel, luxury boutiques, and government offices. Turn left as you emerge from the archway and look for the Ritz farther along on the left, distinguished by its white awnings.

    The Ritz plays a big role in "How to Steal a Million." In that film, Audrey plays the daughter of a wealthy man who forges paintings as a hobby. His own father (that is, Nicole's grandfather) was also a forger. The plot is set in motion when a major museum asks to exhibit a statue that is a fake made by Nicole's grandfather.

    One night, Nicole hears someone in the house and finds a man examining one of her father's forged paintings. She thinks he is a burglar, when he is really an art specialist who tracks down forgeries. This is the role played by Peter O'Toole, and it is nice to see Audrey finally paired with an actor close to her own age.

    Nicole doesn't report the burglary, because she knows the paintings are fakes. Instead, she asks the man to steal the statue from the museum. He is understandably reluctant, but eventually agrees.

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