New French film paints Eiffel Tower engineer as hopeless romantic

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Period drama Eiffel portrays the anger the building of the tower provoked in 1880s

Gustave Eiffel, who gave France its famous tower, has long been portrayed as a man of nuts and bolts, a brilliant structural engineer and the architect of iron.

A new film that opened in France on Wednesday paints a rather different, softer picture of Eiffel as a hopeless romantic whose eponymous monument was as much a landmark to love as a triumph of engineering.

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