Michel Gondry Records a Video Tour of His Favorite 'VHS Labyrinth'

March 8, 2013
Source: Nowness

Michel Gondry VHS Labyrinth

"I think sometimes its good that you get your ass out of the house." Okay, so this place is amazing. If you love old VHS rental stores, you have to watch this. Media site Nowness (via has debuted an exclusive video featuring French filmmaker Michel Gondry giving a tour and talking about his favorite video rental store found in Paris, France - the Vidéo Club de La Butte (see on Google maps). He picks out and discusses different filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Méliès while explaing how they inspired his work. Such a unique video rental store, I hope this place stays open forever. Check this out!

Here's the "A Cinephile's Labyrinth" video featuring director Michel Gondry in his own neighborhood:

"Michel Gondry takes us on a tour of his local Parisian haunt in A Cinephile's Labyrinth, a new work directed by Larry Clark alumna, actress and filmmaker Tiffany Limos. The Academy Award-winning director reminisces on time spent wandering the aisles of La Butte Video Club, the small VHS and DVD store to which he has made pilgrimages over the years." For more info on the video, head over to Nowness, where they also have a Q&A with the filmmaker. I just love listening to him talk about how much he loves watching movies from a rental shop like this. His filmmaker wisdom: "Humor helps to swallow the harshness of life."

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Reader Feedback - 4 Comments


Yep, that was cool...

Akira Money ♕ on Mar 8, 2013


It's really sad to think that the video stores have pretty much all gone out of business. Shame on people who download movies. They'll never know what they are missing and trying to explain it is an exercise in futility.

Chuckee Knowlton on Mar 9, 2013


Like video arcades. Hard to explain how good they were to someone who didn't grow up playing in one.

$126191 on Mar 10, 2013


As anyone in Austin might (should) know - and to anyone who's not - this place looks and feels extremely reminiscent of Austin's own I <3 Video ( It makes me happy that something Gondry so fondly approves of is effectively the same as my own local movie rental shop.

Eric Odenheimer on Mar 10, 2013

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