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(2001)

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It was in 1974 that Jean-Pierre Jeunet began collecting the memories and events that make up the story of Amelie.
Whenever this film was shot on location, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and the crew would clean the area of debris, grime, trash and graffiti, so that the film would match his fantasy more so. This was an especially difficult task when it came time to shoot at the huge train station.
The main colors in the film (green, yellow and red) are inspired by the paintings of the Brazilian artist Juarez Machado.
Audrey Tautou doesn't know how to skip stones; the stone-skipping scenes were made with special effects.
The part of Amélie was written specifically for Emily Watson. She wanted the part but had to decline because she didn't speak French and had already agreed to be in Gosford Park (2001).
The traveling gnome was inspired by a rash of similar pranks played in England and France in the 1990s. In 1997, a French court convicted the leader of Front de Libération des Nains de Jardins (Garden Gnome Liberation Front) of stealing over 150 gnomes. The idea was later used in an advertising campaign for an Internet travel agency.
With the exception of a brief phone call where Amelie gives instructions to Nino (who in turn simply listens and never gets round to replying verbally) the two leads do not exchange a single line of dialogue during the course of the entire film.
The funeral in the imaginary black-and-white documentary that Amelie watches on TV is composed of footage from a 1923 Pathe Journal newsreel segment about the death of actress Sarah Bernhardt.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet originally wanted Michael Nyman to score the film, but was unable to get him. Someone then gave Jeunet a CD by Yann Tiersen, who composes in a similar minimalist style, but with an extremely quirky, eclectic mix of instruments. Jeunet fell in love with the music and scored the film largely with existing pieces by Tiersen, for which he bought the rights. In addition, Tiersen wrote an original main theme, "La Valse d'Amelie," which was recorded in numerous variations and used throughout the film.
In the original film, when Amélie goes to Mr Collignon's parents, the father, who makes holes in flowers, says he'd rather make these holes into lilacs. This is a direct reference to French singer Serge Gainsbourg's song "Le poinçonneur des Lilas". The reference is not translated in the English subtitles.
Hipolito is a reference to the secondary character Hippolite Terentyev, an unlucky philosopher, from the novel 'The Idiot' (1869) by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The main character of the novel is a person who is innocent, naive and immensely kind just like Amelie - most likely the film was inspired by the book.
Nino's last name is "Quincampoix". Quincampoix is also a village about sixty miles northwest of Paris. It's a rare surname even in France, so this is likely not a coincidence: Buried in Quincampoix is the champion cyclist Jacques Anquetil, who for many years was tough competition for Federico Martín Bahamontes - the same Bahamontes whose win of the '59 Tour de France the young Dominique Bretodeau cheers on in the film. (Anquetil placed third in the same race.)
The song played during Samantha's peepshow scene at the porn shop isn't included in the film's soundtrack. If you're looking for it, it's "The Child" by Alex Gopher.
Some of the locations in the film can be found in Montmartre. The café "Les 2 Moulins" can be found at the beginning of Rue Lepic and the vegetable/fruit store "Collignon" at 56 Rue des Trois Frères.
The artwork in Amélie's bedroom (the dog with collar, the white bird) and her crocodile imaginary friend are by artist Michael Sowa.
The film has been digitally color-corrected at 2K resolution.
Voted #2 in Australia's Favourite Movie poll.
To brighten up the Glass Man's day, Amélie records a bicycle race for him in which an escaped horse gallops alongside the riders. The Glass Man later makes an oblique reference to the Tour de France, though the footage is actually from a different race, the Critérium International in 1997.

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Jean-Pierre Jeunet:  [orphans]  death of Amélie's mother. An orphan is considered to have lost both parents. As Amélie's father is still alive, she is not considered an orphan. However, Jean-Pierre Jeunet often portrays children who have suffered the loss of one or both parents.

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