Joinville Studios

The Joinville Studios were a film studio in Paris which operated between 1910 and 1987. They were one of the leading French studios, with major companies such as Pathé and Gaumont making films there.

1925 plan of the studio layout
Former studio buildings

A second studio was added to the original in 1923.[1] This was located less than a kilometre away, and together the two served as a major filmmaking hub.[2]

In the early 1930s the American company Paramount Pictures took over the studios and made French-language versions of their hit films. In total films were made in fourteen different languages as Joinville became a hub of such multi-language versions.[3] While many were remakes of English-language hits, some were original stories. This practice declined as dubbing became more commonplace.[4]


  1. ^ Crisp p.95
  2. ^ Crisp p.119
  3. ^ Bentley p.52
  4. ^ Williams p.175-77


  • Bentley, Bernard. A Companion to Spanish Cinema. Boydell & Brewer 2008.
  • Crisp, C.G. The Classic French Cinema, 1930-1960. Indiana University Press, 1993
  • Williams, Alan Larson. Republic of Images: A History of French Filmmaking. Harvard University Press, 1992.
  • Waldman, Harry. Paramount in Paris: 300 Films Produced at the Joinville Studios, 1930-1933, Scarecrow Press, 1998.