I went to this today with my husband, 14-year-old daughter and 17-year-old son, thinking, like others have, that it would give a good overview of the city's history. In fact it was awful and I'm really annoyed we wasted our money and a precious hour in Paris.
(1) It's really nothing more than an amateurish powerpoint presentation with a cheesy commentary in French which skims the surface of a few periods of history and glosses over others (the two World Wars are given about 30 seconds). There's very little film footage - it's mostly photos.
(2) We were given headphones and told that the English commentary would be on channel 1. I imagined there would be a French commentary on another channel and a German one on another, etc. What actually happens is that the presentation is given in French and you listen to the commentary in your own language through the headphones. This makes it hard to understand because you're distracted by the French commentary.
(3) The whole thing is more of a "Paris is such a beautiful city" thing with very little real content. Years ago there was a multi-media presentation in Sydney about the history of Sydney and it was brilliantly done. I had expected this to be similar but it was nothing like it.
(4) I speak French and listened to a bit of the French commentary, mainly because the English one was disjointed in parts and confusing. Parts of the French commentary weren't actually translated which left the English speakers wondering what they were seeing.
As my husband has just commented, if this were a free film, he would have walked out after a few minutes. As it was, we kept hoping it would get better so we stayed.
The best I can say is that the miniature 3-D map of Paris in the foyer is brilliant. As for the presentation itself, save your money.
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