having read about le ventre de paris yesterday at chocolate&zucchini, and having talked about film images of paris in a post of mine the day before, i thought i'd share a few 1960's images of les halles. left, a frame (or set picture?) from one of my favourite paris-american comedies, irma la douce, next to a street scene from the neighbourhood (that's from maurice rué, paris des poètes, hachette 1965). and, there's an online exhibit about the film's set designer, alexandre trauner, here (i didn't know he designed subway too). below, click on the thumbnails for pictures scanned from qui parigi, touring club italiano, 1968 (sky views by alain perceval, photographs by giancarlo botti and monique valentin). only at the end of 2003, the last time i've been to paris (where i've bought the gorgeous dress i'm wearing now, but i won't digress further), did i vist the interior of saint-eustache. i had been reading john berger's the shape of a pocket (sacche di resistenza, giano editore, varese 2003), and wanted to see raymond mason's sculpture: fruit and vegetables leaving paris, february 28, 1969. you can see it below, on a postcard bought on site and in a detail distorted by my husband's wicked eye. of course i wanted to end on a catastrophic note showing something from ferreri's movie non toccare la donna bianca, shot in the canyon-like excavations made after the demolition of the old pavilions, but i couldn't find pictures online – i will have to search the books. update, 14.06.04: tournage di ferreri e altre immagini cinematografiche delle halles sul sito dedicato ai progetti di riqualificazione (finalmente) dell’area. update, 3.06.04: aggiungo qualche immagine dal dvd della mgm di irma la dolce.