A French Perspective in New York...
Join me as I search New York for everything that reminds me of Paris but of course is still New York. Follow me as I figure out what it means to be Paris in New York.
Next Saturday at the Festival, Anthony Lane film critic at the New Yorker will screen and discuss Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1947 film “Quai des Orfèvres” in the series of “overlooked masterpieces.”
In “5001 Nights at the Movies,” Pauline Kael, well-known movie critic, raved:
"A stunningly well-made entertainment, this detective film by Henri-Georges Clouzot features the master actor Louis Jouvet in the role of a police inspector. His world is contrasted with that of the music hall, represented by the full-blown, hypersexual Suzy Delair. When this voluptuous slut sings “Avec Son Tra-la-la,” she may make you wonder if the higher things in life are worth the trouble. With Bernard Blier as Delair’s worshipful-masochist husband, Charles Dullin in the role of a lecherous hunchback, and, as a lesbian photographer, Simone Renant, at the time said to be the most beautiful actress in Paris. The film took the top prize at Venice, but in this country it never got the audience it deserved."
Saturday, October 17th at 1.30pm
Then Richard Brody, movie editor, will host a screening and discussion of the 1987 film King Lear, starring Peter Sellars as a descendant of William Shakespeare who attempts to restore his plays in a post-apocalyptic world : "Godard’s 1987 adaptation of “King Lear” may well be his greatest film; it is, at least, the one that condenses the greatest number of his ideas, styles, and obsessions...The extravagant, tragicomic setup yields extraordinary results. For Godard, Shakespeare’s play offers a chance at nothing less than a cosmogony, the reinvention of the world by means of art. Beethoven, Jean Cocteau, Virginia Woolf, Joan of Arc, and a host of other luminaries, as well as the majestic Swiss landscape, with its luminous mountains, sky, and lake, are on hand to support Godard’s overwhelming aesthetic vision."
Opened 8 months ago on First avenue and 81st Street, Big Cheese offers a nice palette of excellent cheeses from artisanal and farmstead American to a vast array of Europeans cheeses. On the French side, I would recommand the smelly Berthaut's Epoisses washed in Chablis, the Roquefort, the Vacherin du Jura, the Morbier, the Brebiou or the Brie from Isigny.
To accompany your platter, Big Cheese also offers different spreads, jams and crackers. My selection : Tapenade (olive spread), Creme de Marron (you can also make amazing cake with it), Black Cherry spread with Liquorice or White Fig spread with Bay Leaf on your Goat cheese.
Look also at their interesting vinegars with champagne or black currant.
For the aficionados of Raclette or Fondue, you will find the whole equipment and cheese.
The extraordinary journey of Gabrielle Chanel before becoming the legendary couturier who encouraged women of the Belle Epoque to break out of their corsets and slip into something more free and styly.
Audrey Tautou plays the orphan Coco, named after a French ditty she performs in nightclubs. Arrogant and nakedly ambitious, Gabrielle seems destined for prostitution but her destiny changes when she becomes the kept woman of Etienne balsan (Benoit Poelvoorde) a rich gentleman farmer.
> playing at the French Institute Alliance Francaise FIAF:
A superior costume drama anchored by luscious cinematography and Gerard Depardieu’s arresting performance as the titular Colonel. Long thought dead, Chabert roams through France, ultimately discovering that his wife (Fanny Ardant) has remarried a wealthy Count and wants nothing to do with him. Fabrice Luchini delights as the lawyer who takes on Chabert’s case.
Virtually nothing is known of the months spent between the end of Molière’s prison sentence in 1645 and when he began touring with his troupe. Tirard offers an inspired vision of this time, with the wealthy Monsieur Jourdain (Luchini) bailing out the writer in exchange for lessons in performance and courtship.
> Selection of French movies on Sundance Channel this week :
Diary of a Chambermaid / Le Journal d'une Femme de Chambre
Late in his long career, the great Spanish filmmaker and surrealist Luis Bunuel made six features in France that remain among his finest work. The first was this updated adaptation of Octave Mirbeau's celebrated novel examining the foibles and hypocrisy of the landed gentry as seen through the eyes of a newly installed chambermaid (Jeanne Moreau).
Saturday, October 10th at 12am, Wednesday, October 14th at 6pm, Thursday, October 15th at 6.15am and 1.15pm
French cinema icon Sophie Marceau (Braveheart) co-wrote, directed and stars in this suspense noir about Jacques Renard (Christophe Lambert), a police veteran whose career and future have been precarious since his wife's death. A tip from a mysterious femme fatale sends Renard on a visit to Deauville's Hotel Riviera, where he learns the owner (Robert Hossein) has disappeared. The enigma expands as family secrets, a disfigured corpse and the hotelier's wheelchair-confined wife (Marie-Christine Barrault) contribute to the evolving mystery.
Thursday, October 15th at 10pm, Friday, October 16th at 12.15pm
Patrice Chereau and Daniele Thompson adapt Alexandre Dumas's epic historical novel about Marguerite (Isabelle Adjani), who enters into an arranged marriage with Henri of Navarre (Daniel Auteuil) at the behest of her mother Catherine of Medici (Virna Lisi), to end the religious wars between the Catholics and the Protestant Huguenots.
Paris is coming to New York...Terence Gelenter, American expatriate in Paris and founder of Paris Through Expatriate Eyes, is inviting you to join him and his expatriate pals for a day of celebration of the city that inspired authors and produced an unrelenting canon of literature about the City of Light.
Saturday, October 10, 10Am-6PM
. Judith Jones, Julia Child’s longtime editor and author will discuss her books Cooking For One, The 10TH Muse and the Julia Child phenomenon including the film Julia & Me.
. Mark Kurlansky/ The Belly Of Paris This masterful translation of Zola’s classic by the acclaimed author of COD, THE BIG OYSTER and SALT prepares you for the sights, smells, sounds, personalities and politics that gave vibrant life to a city within a city.
. Mark Ovenden/The Paris Underground
. Ina Caro/The Road From The Past: Traveling Through History In France-introduced by Robert Caro
. Jill Jonnes/Eiffel's Tower
. Terrance Gelenter-discussing the canon of Expatriate literature and presenting video clips of author interviews