Videos of Vintage Paris

by Alice White Walker

Nothing beats a bit of nostalgia, especially when it’s from the City of Light. French radio and television archive INA (Institut national de l’audiovisuel) has decades of wonderful media worth browsing.

From televised shows of singers like Jacques Brel, Edith Piaf or Josephine Baker; interviews in the home of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg; and documentation of the lives of Parisians, it is the ultimate tool to plunge yourself into French culture.

Naturally, most of the content is in French (you can autogenerate subtitles in English) but that won’t stop you from enjoying one of these throwback videos.

Take a look at some of our favorites and subscribe to INA on YouTube for more.

Josephine Baker “Paris Mes Amours” (1968)

Vintage Boulangeries in Paris (1978)

Edith Piaf “Non, je ne regrette rien” (1960)

Le Dimanche à Paris

Living on Île Saint-Louis (1980)

The Best of Jane Birkin

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