The so-called “Before trilogy” that consists of Before Sunrise, Before Sunset and Before Midnight is one of my favorite pieces of film production ever. When I was in Vienna, I’ve checked filming locations from the fist movie Before Sunrise. You can read everything about my trip in the blog post Set-jetting in Vienna.
On my recent trip to Paris I’ve visited couple of locations from the sequel Before Sunset.
The movie starts in the Shakespeare And Company bookstore where Jesse (Ethan Hawke) is doing a reading from his bestseller This Time, a novel inspired by his and Celine’s (Julie Delpy) day in Vienna.
Shakespeare and Company is a special bookstore, the one that needs to be seen. It’s located near Notre Dame cathedral at 37 Rue de la Bûcherie, in the 5th arrondissement.
The bookstore was opened in 1951 under the name of Le Mistral, but was renamed to its current name in 1964 in tribute to Sylvia Beach’s store Shakespeare and Company, which operated in Paris from 1919 to 1940. Today, it serves both as a regular bookstore, a second-hand books store, and as a reading library, specializing in English-language literature. Regular activities are Sunday tea, poetry readings and writers’ meetings.
If you decide to visit Paris (again), be sure to check Shakespeare and Company. Seeing Before Sunset is a must though. And if you’re into classical literature and you need to write some Shakespeare research paper you’ll probably find a cozy and inspirational place inside the bookstore.