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What a wonderful time to be screening French film director Rene Clair’s “Paris Qui Dort” in Tokyo. With the cutely named Tokyo Sky Tree having now reached the uncute height of 398 meters, and with it still being unclear exactly what will become of the quaint Tokyo Tower (332.5 meters) that it replaces as the region’s main television broadcasting tower, it is surely worth taking a look at one of the films that permanently etched the Eiffel Tower into the popular consciousness, and thereby turned it into one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world.

Clair’s film is a surreal tale of the Eiffel Tower’s caretaker, who descends from his elevated workplace once day to find that all of Paris is at a standstill — that, literally, everyone is frozen in their tracks.

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