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I'm urban. I live in a very urban and fast city. What I like about Paris is the places where... that are not known and named, little streets that are not on the map. If you live in a city and if you're a director, whatever city you're gonna live in, you're gonna find beauty. It's not easy to describe Paris, it's so cinematic.
People have an intimate relationship with their own city and directors have the ability to show it within the screen.
I'm gonna show you Paris the way I see it and the way I live it, and the only way to go through Paris is on a scooter. So, come with me and we'll hit it.
When you walk around Paris, there's one interesting thing to do, is to look up. You'll see a lot of details at the top of the buildings that are really specific to Paris. I remember I used to drive around with my father and he was always looking up, never in front of him, but always up. Never had an accident, though.
This is the 18th. This is where I used to live. This is [a] multicultural，totally mixed environment. This is a rough area. Nothing bad, it's just rough because it's lively. beautiful. What you've gotta understand about Paris, it's ... sometimes it's hard, it's hard neighborhoods. You always have a couple of hard-headed, you know, young kids who are doing whatever they can, whatever they want. But beside that, people are very, very friendly and very open-minded.
We should stop and have a look at this. It's one of the markets of Paris. It's there and every week, every Wednesday, and it's all over Paris, so let's check it out. You can't smell it, but it smells good today. You can buy everything from clothes to food, and you have got fresh food, you have got bio-food. You have got everything here. So the good thing when you walk in these markets is people shouting to get the attention of the customers. It's very French.
Montmartre is the most touristy place I think in the world. It's too beautiful for its own sake.
So Paris has two sides, and on each side you get two woods, two big forests. There's the Bois de Boulogne on the other side of Paris, where you have got a lot of prostitutes, and you've got the Bois de Vincennes, which is way nicer. It's unique because it's not contained -it's not like in New York or in London. It's a forest by itself and it's two minutes from Paris. Actually, Paris is right here. It's 2,500 acres. It's huge. You can get lost in here.
What I like... stuff that I like about Paris also is that they kept... I don't know if they kept it because they liked it. Probably not, but things are kept the way it was back in the days. Even, you know, the facades are not well taken care of, so it gives that feeling of old Paris that's really important to the spirit of Paris.
Paris is a city with soul. It's a city with past. You can feel it everywhere and I'm a part of it, and I can't avoid it. Even my father came to France when he, you know, in'56 [he] came from Hungary. So I'm not purebred, but this is where I learned how to, you know, this is the city where I learned to react to things, and if I was born in L.A., I probably wouldn't be able to react like that that much.
Notes and Vocabulary
1. cinematic adj. 电影的;电影制作的;适合拍片的
2. urban adj. 城区的;城镇的;市井的
例：For a small state it has a large urban population.
3. intimate adj. 密切的;亲密的
例：I discussed with my intimate friends whether I would immediately have a baby.
4. detail n. 细部;细节
例：The details of the plan are still being worked out.
5. specific adj. 特有的;独特的
例：Massage may help to increase blood flow to specific areas of the body.
6. multicultural adj. 多元文化的，融合多种文化的
例：...children growing up in a multicultural society.
7. rough adj. 粗野的;朴实的;粗糙的
例：His hands were rough and callused, from years of karate practice.
8. touristic adj. 观光客的
9. touristy adj. 吸引观光客的;适合游览的
例：Visit some of the less touristy islands.
10. prostitute n. 娼妓;卖淫者
例：He admitted last week he paid for sex with a prostitute.
11. contained adj. 被控制的;受限的
12. facade n. (建筑的)正面;外观
例：...the repairs to the building's facade.
13. purebred adj. (动物)纯种的
例：...purebred Arab horses.