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Gustave Eiffel and his Tower have inspired numerous writers, film directors and artists of many different genres. Everyone has brought a fresh perspective to the monument.

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Many works have been published on both the topic of Gustave Eiffel and the Tower. Some were even written by Gustave Eiffel himself. They provide a good way to discover or rediscover the Tower and its creator through enthralling and passionate books.


Gustave Eiffel’s works

  • La Tour de 300 mètres
    Paris : Lemercier, 1900 - 2 vol. T I : Texte TII : Planches (no more available)

  • La Tour en 1900
    Paris, Masson, 1902. - 354 p. : ill. (no more available)

  • L'Architecture métallique
    Paris : Maisonneuve et Larose, 1996. - 124 p : ill. (recueil d'articles et conférences rédigés par Gustave Eiffel) ISBN 2-7068-1189-7

Works on the Eiffel Tower

  • La Tour de 300 mètres
    Gustave Eiffel Réédition aux éditions Tashen 2007 ISBN 3-8228-41-48

  • La Tour Eiffel, un phare universel
    De Catherine Orsenne Editions Massin ISBN 2-7072-0517-6

  • Le roman de la Tour Eiffel
    Robert Bressy Editions du Signe, 2004, 50 p

  • La Tour Eiffel
    Winnie Denker Editions Mengès, 2004. ISBN 2-8562-0441-4

  • 36 vues de la Tour Eiffel
    Juillard Christian Desbois, 2002. ISBN 2910150186

  • Tours et détours
    Wojtek Korsak Plastic, 2002. Gustave Eiffel Daniel Bermond Perrin, 2002. 502 p 2-262-01515-5

  • La Tour Eiffel
    Marc Gaillard Flammarion, 2002. 143 p ISBN 2-0820-0800-2

  • La Tour Eiffel, cent ans de sollicitude
    SEITZ (Frédéric) Belin, 2001

  • La Tour Eiffel
    BARTHES (Roland) et MARTIN (André) Paris : CNP/Seuil, 1989. 79 p : photos ISBN 2-86754-055-0

  • La sentinelle de Paris
    Winnie Denker et Françoise Sagan Robert Laffont, 1988. 111 p (no more available)

  • La Tour de Monsieur Eiffel.
    LEMOINE (Bertrand) Paris : Gallimard, 1989. - 143 p. : ill. (Découvertes Architecture) ISBN 2-07-053083-3

  • Tour Eiffel, un voyage immobile.
    LUBLINER (Jean-Paul) Collectionneur (photographies)

  • La Tour Eiffel.
    MARREY (Bernard) Edition du Patrimoine, 2001- 65p.

  • Les rendez-vous de la Tour Eiffel.
    MORGANE (Carole) Le Cherche-Midi.- 367p. (Photographies de personnalités)

General works on Gustave Eiffel

  • Eiffel
    Michel Carmona, Fayard, 2002, 635 p, IBSN 2-213-61204-8

  • Gustave Eiffel
    LEMOINE (Bertrand), Paris : Hazan, 1984. - 136 p : ill., bibliogr.

  • Gustave Eiffel
    LOYRETTE (Henri), Paris : Payot, 1986. - 225 p. : ill., bibliogr., index., ISBN 2-228-00150-3

  • La Vie et l'œuvre extraordinaires de Monsieur Gustave Eiffel ingénieur...
    MARREY (Bernard), Paris : Graphite, 1984. - 112 p : ill., ISBN 2-86774-001-0 (no more available)

 

Since the invention of cinema, the seventh art has taken a keen interest in the Eiffel Tower, whether it features as the main star, provides the location for an adventure, or is a decor item symbolising Paris. It appears in dozens of fiction films, of which here is a selection :

YEAR MOVIE TITLE DIRECTOR
1897 Panorama pendant l'ascension de la tour Eiffel (documentaire) Louis Lumière
1900 Images de l'Exposition 1900 (doc.) Georges Méliès
1905 La Course à la perruque Georges Hatot
1912 Fantomas Louis Feuillade
1923 Paris qui dort René Clair
1924 La cité foudroyée Luitz Morat
1927 Mystères de la tour Eiffel Julien Duvivier
1927 La Tour (doc.) René Clair
1930 La fin du monde Abel Gance
1939 Ninotchka Ernst Lubitsch
1942 Monsieur la souris Georges Lacombe
1945 A l'assaut de la Tour Alain Pol
1949 The man on the Eiffel Tower (L’homme de la tour Eiffel) Burgess Meredith
1950 The Lavender Hill Mob ( De l'or en barre) Charles Crichton
1952 Bonjour Paris Jean Image
1955 Marguerite de la nuit Claude Autant-Lara
1956 Le chanteur de Mexico Richard Pottier
1957 Drôle de Frimousse (Funny Face) Stanley Donen
1959 Tour Eiffel idylle Louis Cuny
1960 Zazie dans le métro Louis Malle
1963 Les plus belles escroqueries du Monde : L'homme qui vendit la tour Eiffel Claude Chabrol
1963 Deux têtes folles (Paris – When it Sizzles) Richard Quine
1965 The Great race (La plus Grande course autour du monde) Blake Edwards
1965 Téléfilm : Les cinq dernières minutes : La Rose de Fer (1h40') (série policière de Claude Loursais) Jean-Pierre Marchand
1966 Un idiot à Paris Serge Korber
1968 Paris jamais vu (doc.) Albert Lamorisse
1980 Superman II Richard Lester
1981 Les Uns et les Autres Claude Lelouch
1981 La tour Eiffel en otage Claude Guzman
1983 Le Ruffian José Giovanni
1983 Vivement Dimanche François Truffaut
1984 Rive droite - rive gauche Philippe Labro
1985 A view to kill ( Dangereusement vôtre) John Glen
1989 Un monde sans pitié Éric Rochant
1994 Un indien dans la ville Hervé Palud
1998 Le Loup-Garou de Paris The American wearwolf in Paris Anthony Waller
2000 Épouse-moi Harriet Marin
2003 Le divorce James Ivory
2003 Il Fuggiasco (Le Fugitif) Andrea Manni
2004 Le démon de Midi Marie-Pascale Osterrieth
2005 Angel-A Luc Besson
2005 Da Vinci code Ron Howard
2006 La légende vraie de la tour Eiffel Simon Brook
2007 Rush Hours III Brett Rattner
2006 From Paris with Love Pierre Morel
2007 Adèle Blanc-Sec Luc Besson

Would you like to do some filming, capture of a view of the Eiffel Tower for a film, documentary or an advertisement ?


The secrets of the Eiffel Tower, narrated by Michel Chevalet

How did engineer Gustave Eiffel come up with the idea of building a metal tower 300 metres high ?

How was he able to assemble it in two years, two months and five days with only 250 workers and 4 steam-powered cranes ?

Michel Chevalet, a famous French journalist, tells the story of the remarkable feat of Gustave Eiffel, who knew how to create a simple metal construction, which would become the emblem of the city of Paris and one of the most visited monuments in the world.


Des Racines et des Ailes – La TOUR EIFFEL (Roots and Wings – the EIFFEL TOWER) - (France Télévisions Distribution, 2009)

The legacy transmission of "Des Racines et des Ailes" broadcast on France 3 (French national television) recorded a show on the Tower, offering the public a programme dedicated entirely to the monument, on the occasion of the celebration of its 120 years.

Several reportages and numerous archive series’ have retraced this incredible human, technical and scientific epic which still continues to this day, paying homage to the genius and the work completed by Gustave Eiffel.


Retracing Gustave Eiffel’s footsteps - (France Télévisions Distribution, 2009)

Comedian Charles Berling’s first documentary retraces with insight the life and uniqueness of Gustave Eiffel.

Under Voices: Les Voix de la Tour Eiffel (China Blue - 2008)

A selection of rhythm, ambient, pop and structural pieces which play with the sampled sounds of the Eiffel Tower.

Tower Music (Joseph Bertolozzi - 2016)

Composer Joseph Bertolozzi harvested the Eiffel Tower’s sounds using microphones placed on its surfaces and composed a work entitled Tower Music / Musique de la Tour, using only the natural sounds of the Eiffel Tower Itself.

Featured :

Choose a year in the strip below to discover the cultural event which took place at the Eiffel Tower or relating to it.

2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2000 | Before 2000

Exhibitions in France in collaboration with Eiffel Tower

Exhibitions in other countries

2009

"Tales of the Eiffel Tower" Exhibit-Visit, from 15 May to 31 December 2009 on the first floor and stairs of the Eiffel Tower - Extended in 2010 and 2011

On May 15, 1889, the Eiffel Tower opened its door to the public, a few days after the inauguration of the Universal Exposition, and was the uncontested attraction of the event. 120 years later, the Mayor of Paris and the operating company, Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel, organized a series of events to celebrate the Tower’s anniversary in 2009.

"Tales of the Eiffel Tower" invited people from around the world to discover the beginnings of the Tower, its successful image, its highlights, replicas and souvenirs, what goes on behind the scenes. Visitors were invited to take a tour of the Tower, bone up on what they know and take a new look at the monument as seen through the many objects, posters, photos, engravings, illustrations and also films and interactive displays.

More than 100 illustrious panels, certain complete with monitors, games, and interactivity took the visitor into the heart of the monument, the passageways and the stairs of the Tower. A big tent had been installed on the platform overlooking the Champ de Mars which houses a cinema theatre and its bar. In the Ferrié Pavilion, more than 300 reproductions of the Tower of all shapes and sizes filled a curiosity display while the gallery room was showcasing works of art which drew inspiration from the "Lady of Iron".

"Rispal, a Collector's Passion", exhibition from 20 July to 23 August

The Gustave Eiffel Room located on the first floor is presenting the Josette Rispal collection, including various objects, engravings and other items revolving around the Eiffel Tower and the Universal Expositions collected by her father. Antonin Rispal (1920-2003), an art collector/dealer passionate for modern art constituted this impressive collection over the years, which reveals the technological and industrial boom of the period through such items as photos, engravings, dishware, posters and more...


2008

Visit the Arctic Regions

The Eiffel Tower presents its visitors with "A visit to the Arctic Regions": a photographic expedition containing 80 photos showing the meeting of the Inuits in the 21st century and the discovery of the Arctic and Antarctic fauna.


2007

  • Fifty years of Space Conquest

  • The Eiffel Tower and Cinema

2006

  • "The Construction of the Eiffel Tower" - 1887 to 1889

  • Vintage postcard exhibition themed: The Eiffel Tower in 1900

  • The Eiffel Tower in Celebration: the fireworks display of the 14th July 2005
  • Robert Doisneau and the Eiffel Tower

2005

  • Bartholdi - Eiffel "Liberty: Up Against All Odds"

2004

  • The Paris of the Graduates of the Ecole Centrale des Arts et Manufactures

2003

  • The Eiffel Tower in 1900 Vintage Post Cards

  • André Juillard 36 Views of the Tower

  • Wojtek Korsak, Tours and Detours

2000

  • Siüdmak : Fantasy Universe

  • The Eiffel Tower in Celebration

Avant 2000

  • Before the Year 2000 - Jules Verne: Visionary of Unknown Worlds

  • The Story of Iron - 1996

  • The Eiffel Tower and the Advent of French Cinema 1889 / 1929 - 1995

  • The Unique and Manifold Tower - 1994

  • World Encounters - 1993

  • Visions of Europe - 1992

  • Towers of the World, from Babel to our time - 1991

  • Imagine the Eiffel Tower - 1990

  • The State of Invention, during the times of Gustave Eiffel - 1988

  • Illustrations and the inauguration of the exhibit

  • "Les Années 1886-1887" - 1986

  • Hungary and the Eiffel Tower - 1986

  • The Eiffel Tower Welcomes Space - 1985

  • The City of Paris: Its Museums and Their Patrons - 1984

  • Lovers of the Eiffel Tower - 1982

Exhibitions in France in collaboration with Eiffel Tower :

  • "Une Tour Eiffel haute en couleurs" - April 9 / September 1, 2003 (Centre George Pompidou)

  • "The 72 scientists on the Eiffel Tower" - Bibliothèque de l'institut de Henri Poincaré - from October 15, 2001 to June 15, 2002

  • Robert Delaunay - From Impressionism to Abstraction, 1906-1914 - June / August 1999

  • The Eiffel Tower: a Tour de Force, Foundation Mona Bismarck - July / September 1989

  • 1889: The Eiffel Tower and the Universal Exhibition, Orsay Museum, Paris - May / August 1989

  • The Eiffel Tower at 100, Levallois-Perret - February 1989

  • The Extraordinary Life and Works of Gustave Eiffel, Levallois-Perret - June 1985

  • 100 Year anniversary of the Garabit viaduct - June 1984

  • Eiffel, Mâcon Saint Alban (SNTE exhibit) - June 1983

  • Gustave Eiffel and His Times, Postal Museum (SNTE exhibit), Paris - December 17, 1982 / January 1983

  • Gustave Eiffel, City of Dijon - May / June 1981

  • All about the Eiffel Tower or the life and adventures of the Eiffel Tower as told to children, Museum en Herbe, Paris - April 1981

Exhibitions in other countries :

  • Gustave Eiffel - De Europa hacia America -Exposition au Panama – October 22 / December 5, 2004

  • From Tuscany to Europe by Gustave Eiffel (participation with other museums), Florence, Italy – March 25 / July 8, 1999

  • La Torre Eiffel, Caracas, Venezuela - May / June 1993

  • La Torre Eiffel en Mexico, Mexique – March 11 / May 3, 1992

  • The Eiffel Tower a tour de force, New-York, USA - April / June, 1989

  • La Tour Eiffel – a Message For 100 Years, Tokyo and Osaka, Japan - 1988 / 1989

  • Hankyu, Umeda, Osaka - from September 22 to 27, 1989

  • Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Takasaki, Gunma – September 30 / November 5, 1989

  • Matsuhushi, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka – November 9 /14, 1989

  • Iwate Kenmin Kaikan Museum, Morioka, Iwate – December 9 / 26, 1989
    Eiffel at the Institute Franco-Portuguese, Lisbon, Portugal - March 1987

  • Gustave Eiffel y su Obra - La Torre Eiffel Hoy, Madrid, Spain - 1986

  • Eiffel Sveriges Tekniska Museum, Chris Hinchcliffe, Sweden - October / November 1985
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