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.
From the seaside villages of Brittany to the rocky hills of southern Provence, Films on the Green will take you on a cinematic tour of France this summer. In its fourth year, Films on the Green, co-organized by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the City of New York - Parks & Recreation is offering free outdoor screenings in New York City Parks.
Summer Vacation is the theme of the 2011 film line-up, visited through an array of styles and genres over the course of seven screenings and a special event. New this year: Films on the Green will extend its Manhattan reach to the west side at Riverside Park – Pier 1 and Columbia University; the NY premiere of the comedy Those Happy Days June 10; Films on the Green @COLUMBIA a special back to school screening Thursday, September 8, organized in partnership with The Maison Française of Columbia University.
“We are pleased to partner with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy to bring a series of free, outdoor French film screenings to New York City parks this summer,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of this cinematic tour and experience the joie de vivre of viewing films en plein air amid the tranquility of nature in New York City’s parks.”
"In it's fourth year and ever expanding, we are delighted to announce that the Films on the Green Festival will offer more French films in more parks than ever before, extending its reach to New Yorkers from Harlem to the East Village," said Antonin Baudry, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy.
Fridays in June and July: screenings at dusk | Films on the Green @COLUMBIA screening at 7:30pm. All events are free and open to the public.
June 3 | Central Park – Cedar Hill (79th St & 5th Ave) | The Swimming Pool - La Piscine by Jacques Deray
June 10 | Washington Square Park | Those Happy Days - Nos Jours Heureux by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano
June 17 | Washington Square Park | A Summer’s Tale - Conte d'été by Eric Rohmer
June 24 | Tompkins Square Park | Contempt - Le Mépris by Jean-Luc Godard
July 1 | Tompkins Square Park | Mr. Hulot’s Holiday - Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot by Jacques Tati
July 8 | Riverside Park – Pier 1 (at 70th St) | Towards Zero - L' Heure Zéro by Pascal Thomas
July 15 | Riverside Park – Pier 1(at 70th St) | My Father’s Glory - La Gloire de Mon Père by Yves Robert
Sept. 8 | Columbia University – Low Library Steps | Two Days in Paris - Deux Jours à Paris by Julie Delpy
Enjoy the feelings and flavors of summer with a cinematic tour of France: Travel to Brittany for romance, comedy and mystery: A Summer’s Tale by acclaimed director Eric Rohmer; Jacques Tati's timeless French classic Mr. Hulot's Holiday; and the screen adaptation of Agatha Christie's Towards Zero, starring Laura Smet and Chiara Mastroianni. Explore the Mediterranean with two dramas: The Swimming Pool with charismatic duo Romy Schneider and Alain Delon and Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt starring the iconic Brigitte Bardot. Relax to the sounds of crickets in Provence with My Father's Glory then go camping with Those Happy Days, but don’t expect to rest with a bunch of mischievous kids and blundering camp counselors. Finally, say goodbye to summer at Columbia with a romantic comedy, Two Days in Paris starring Julie Delpy and Adam Goldberg.
Baguettes, macarons, Bordeaux, Camembert--French gastronomy holds a mythical appeal, with its long history and famed personalities. In this class, we discuss the reasons for its popularity and influence, starting with the publication of La Varenne's Le cuisinier françois in 1651 and concluding with French cuisine today. We look at key figures in French culinary history such as Marie-Antoine Carême, Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Auguste Escoffier, Fernand Point, Gault and Millau, Paul Bocuse, and Alain Ducasse. We explore the cuisines of France and other Francophone countries, wines from both established and up-and-coming regions, France's longstanding pastry and baking traditions, and the impact of labels such as AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée) on producers and consumers.