- "It wasn't really Paris, it was more… it was more the world as I want to see it."
Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. It is one of the many interests of Elizabeth, and is mentioned, and even seen, in parts throughout the game.
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When Booker DeWitt sees Elizabeth for the first time in Monument Tower, he witnesses her open up a Tear to an alternate version of Paris in 1983. The Tear is open only for a short time, as Elizabeth is forced to close it to escape an oncoming fire truck. Paris is mentioned frequently throughout the game, mostly by Elizabeth, who has a romantic obsession with it. In her tower, she was exposed to Parisian art, architecture, literature, and fashion via books or by peeking through Tears. On the airship The First Lady, Booker tells Elizabeth that he is taking her to Paris.
Burial at Sea - Episode 2Edit
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At the beginning of Burial at Sea - Episode 2, Elizabeth experiences a dream where she is living in Paris circa 1912. She explores the sunny city, encountering unlikely personages such as famed artist Georges Seurat and even the fictional character Cosette from Les Misérables. The dream becomes outlandishly romantic as Elizabeth continues on. At one point she asks a bookstore clerk for a copy of Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence, but the clerk replies the book hasn't been written yet. A French song, La Vie en Rose by Édith Piaf, initially heard from a phonograph, is soon hummed or sung aloud by a crowd of French citizens and fills the air. It is even chirped by a bluebird that perches on Elizabeth's finger.
Elizabeth is then surprised to find Sally, who loses a balloon and runs after it. As Elizabeth pursues Sally, the dream rapidly deteriorates into a nightmare, as the sky clouds over, rain falls, and the city itself takes on an increasingly sinister appearance as the streets lie empty and in ruin. While progressing through the nightmarish version of Paris, the city seemingly closes off behind Elizabeth if she turns back. When Elizabeth finally catches up to Sally, she experiences visions of the girl locked in a vent and screaming in pain as the heating increases. Elizabeth exclaims regret for abandoning Sally before reawakening in Rapture.
Behind the ScenesEdit
- There are a few hidden messages in the nightmarish version of Paris that speak to Elizabeth's past and foreshadow her future and events in the DLC. These include the Lutece twins' empty rowboat floating down the river, profile silhouette photos of characters from her past to reappear, Sally's doll head rolling down a set of stairs, a blurred painting of Booker revealing the location of the Ace in the Hole, the ace card which blows in front of her as she runs through the streets, a billboard for lobotomy (along with a restraint bed, restraint chair and medical tray), a wind chime made of wrenches, and the Statue of Columbia from Monument Island in the form of a fountain. If the player were to turn around and head back immediately after confronting Sally, they would see that only empty cages are left scattered in the "L'oiseau ou la Cage" booth.
- This is the first time in the series that live cats and dogs are seen, as only deceased ones can be found in Rapture and Columbia.
- The song played in Paris in Burial at Sea - Episode Two is "La Vie en Rose", by Édith Piaf.
- The paintings found in the beginning of the Paris sequence in Burial at Sea - Episode 2 belong to various Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists including, Georges Seurat, Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne and Claude Monet. In fact, the first two painters that greet Elizabeth are Claude Monet (the man that offered the painting) and Georges Seurat.
- In addition to the various Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists and paintings present in Elizabeth's Paris dream sequence, several scenes in this introductory level are meant to be reenactments of real life paintings. The recreations include Paul Cézanne's oil painting The Card Players, and Édouard Manet's paintings The Garden of Pere Lathuille and In the Conservatory.