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The Eiffel Tower has appeared frequently in works of fiction because of its iconic nature. Movie critic Roger Ebert has noted in his online column that no matter where in Paris a film scene is set the Eiffel Tower will be visible in the background.[1]

Major plot elementEdit

In some cases the tower is the key plot element or a significant plot element.

Destruction of the towerEdit

In a notable subtype, the action of all or part of the work centers around the real or threatened destruction of the tower.

Destruction of the city, or the worldEdit

In another notable sub-type, the tower and its destruction is used as a symbol of the real or threatened destruction of the city, or the world.

  • 1953 In The War of the Worlds, the tower and most (if not all) of Paris is destroyed by the martian attack. The tower can be seen in ruin at the end of the film depicting the death of the martians.
  • 1980 In Superman II, the tower (and the rest of Paris) are almost blown up by a terrorist nuclear bomb, and Lois Lane almost plunges to her death under its elevator. In the original 1977 script, one of the 3 Supervillains, Non, was originally supposed to destroy the tower with his heat vision.
  • 1996 The tower can be seen on TV in Independence Day (film), as the UFO lands on the tip of the structure.
  • 1996 In Mars Attacks!, the tower is melted/destroyed by Martians.
  • 1996 In Command & Conquer: Red Alert during the Allied campaign there is a mission where the player must stop a series of nuclear missiles from reaching Europe, if the Player fails these missions, a cutscene will play, showing a missile landing in paris with the eiffel tower in the foreground and detonating, creating an Enormous Mushroom cloud, and the Eiffel tower can be seen melting before the heat of the blast.
  • 1997 In the Simpsons episode Treehouse of Horror VIII the tower was used in the segment The HΩmega Man by the French government as a nuclear launch site to detonate a missile on Springfield.
  • 1998 The tower, along with Paris, is destroyed by a meteorite in Armageddon.
  • In posters promoting the 2004 film The Day After Tomorrow, the tower is depicted frozen in another ice age, with snow almost covering the base.
  • In the 2005 Hallmark film Supernova, lightning bolts from a supernova fry the Eiffel Tower.
  • 2006 The Eiffel Tower is destroyed along with numerous other landmarks in Category 7: The End of the World.
  • 2007 28 Weeks Later ends with people infected with the fictional Rage Virus heading towards the Eiffel Tower.
  • 2007 The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite reveals the Eiffel Tower to be in reality a spaceship, piloted by a zombified version of Gustave Eiffel. Later, in the nearly world ending finale, the Eiffel tower falls out of the sky destroying the Umbrella Academy's base.
  • In the 2008 film The Day the Earth Stopped, the top of the tower is destroyed by a giant robot.
  • 2009 The game cover of Resistance: Retribution features the Eiffel Tower and sections of Paris invaded by the Chimera.
  • 2009 the animated movie, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, features the tower is being toppled by a large-sized sandwich causing chaos in Paris.

Embodiment of ParisEdit

In others, the tower is used as an embodiment of Paris, the symbol of the city, to set the scene for a film or other work centered on the city.

  • 1923 René Clair's Paris qui dort starts, ends and has many scenes on the tower.
  • 1939 In Ninotchka an involved flirtation takes place around a discussion of finding the Eiffel Tower around the 26 minute time point.
  • 1958 At the beginning of François Truffaut's The 400 Blows, the tower is seen between Parisian apartment blocks.
  • 1964 In Paris When It Sizzles, Richard's movie within the movie is called "The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower" and several key scenes take place there.
  • 1995 In French Kiss, Kate misses seeing the tower several times while she wanders around Paris, but later spends several minutes rapturously watching it while on the train to Cannes (from which line it is not possible to see the tower).
  • 1995 In Forget Paris, Miki and Ellen are shown in front of the tower numerous times throughout the film.
  • 2003 In The Real World Paris television show on the US MTV network, the tower is seen.

Symbol of ParisEdit

In yet others, as a symbol of the city in a more peripheral way.

Familiar visual elementEdit

Other uses, to establish the tower simply as a well known visual element.

  • 1994 In the French film Un indien dans la ville (aka Little Indian, Big City) 13-year-old Mimi-Siku (Ludwig Briand) who has been raised by a Native South American tribe, climbs partway up the tower in tribal costume. (The film was remade in English in 1997 as Jungle 2 Jungle, but the venue is changed to New York City and Mimi-Siku climbs the Statue of Liberty.)
  • 1995 In La Haine, the main protagonists lament the fact that they cannot switch the lights of the tower off like people can in the movies. The lights switch off just after they have given up and turned their backs on the tower.
  • 2001 In Moulin Rouge!, a pistol thrown from Montmartre by Christian (Ewan McGregor) during the finale bounces off the tower underneath the smiling moon.

Other appearancesEdit

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  • 1996 - In the 1996 PlayStation game Twisted Metal 2 Players are able blow up the Eiffel Tower using a Remote Bomb
  • 1997 - current Programs on the Fashion TV channel are headed by an animated Eiffel Tower logo complete with lighting display, accompanied by the words "MichelAdam Presents".
  • 1998 The tower is stolen by Rex the Runt and his associates in order to replace Blackpool Tower after it is destroyed by an explosion at Bob's International Hiccup Centre following Doctor Dog's takeover of the facility. After the Eiffel Tower is put into place at Blackpool Beach, the Union Jack is flown from its top and Bad Bob comments that "no one will even notice the difference."
  • 1998 The tower becomes a featured Santa Cam location for the annual NORAD Tracks Santa tracking effort.[4]
  • 1999 The Bloodhound Gang's singe The Bad Touch music video, the Eiffel Tower can be seen in many shots.
  • 2000 In Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, the babies are atop the tower while using the giant Reptar invention.
  • 2000 In the real-time strategy game of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, Soviet forces turn the tower into a giant, extremely long ranged, incredibly powerful, and rapid firing tesla coil capable of destroying all French forces in the area and a major portion of the city. For copyright reasons, it is called the "Paris Tower" in the game, and has a radical change in design, however enough of the original design remains for the tower to be recognized.
  • 2000 The Eiffel Tower makes a couple of appearances in Max Steel; in overhead shots of the city, the building the European N-Tek base is located under, and the scene where an hour-long EMP is almost used.
  • 2001 In The Royal Tenenbaums, the tower appears reflected on the window in a brief scene of Margot Tenenbaum (Gwyneth Paltrow) with her French lover.
  • 2001 In Beyblade, The Eiffel tower is the arena to two battles in episode 33 and 34 of season 1.
  • 2003 The tower is seen in the Paris map of Midnight Club.
  • 2003 In The Core, the tower is seen when the Earth's electromagnetic field repairs itself.
  • 2003 The tower features in Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
  • 2003 In Le Divorce the tower features on the movie promo poster and is also mentioned a few times in the film. Two mentions are due to the purported tour guide audio for the tower being audible in the soundtrack.
  • 2003 The Deathray Davies song "The Girl Who Stole the Eiffel Tower"
  • 2004 In Van Helsing, the tower is under construction.
  • 2004 In Onimusha 3: Demon Siege, the tower is turned into a stronghold time-portal built by Genma Head-Scientist Guildenstein.
  • 2004 The tower flies and moves around Paris in the puppet version of Without a Paddle, in a scene that starts only after the credits end.
  • 2004 The tower is seen in Eurotrip, and mentioned when a protagonist asks whether they should "check out the huge line at the Eiffel Tower".
  • 2005 The tower features in A View from the Eiffel Tower by Montenegrin director Nikola Vukčević.
  • 2005 In Evil Genius, the tower can be shrunk and stolen.
  • 2005 The tower can be built as a World Wonder in Civilization IV.
  • 2005 In Munich the tower can be seen in the background.
  • 2006 In the game Blazing Angels: Squadrons of WWII, part of the French Resistance level requires the player to destroy German anti-aircraft guns on and around the tower.
  • 2005 In the BBC documentary End Days, when the accelerator of particles is destroyed, natural disaster hit Europe. The Eiffel Tower is seen on television when the hole reaches Europe.
  • 2007 In Mr. Bean's Holiday, Mr. Bean goes past the tower in a taxi.
  • 2008 In Impact, The Tower was seen when comets flying all over The Tower and A News Broadcaster standing right in front of the Tower.
  • 2008 In NYC: Tornado Terror, After destroying New York City, the tornado moves east towards Paris. A small tornado forms right in front of the tower and the green electricity that previously appeared in New York appears on the Tower briefly.

References Edit

  1. 40 Things That Only Happen in the Movies Ebert's comment was meant in jest, but scenes in movies such as The Longest Day with gratuitous use of the Tower in the background lend credence to the joke.
  2. Izner, Claude (2007). Murder on the Eiffel Tower: a Victor Legris Mystery. City: Gallic Books. ISBN 190604001X. 
  3. [1]video
  4. NORAD Tracks Santa - Dec 2009 - Paris, France - English from YouTube
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