Back to youth at la Géode

Géode jour

Inside this dome is a 400 seat theatre with a 180° screen and many dreams.

A fabulous sound system and a 1 000 square meter screen for very special films in 70 mm ! This is what the Géode, an Imax movie theatre, is all about since it was inaugurated 30 years ago in La Villette, in the Northern part of Paris.Read More

And let them have a fête!

The fabulous lounge of Cinema du Panthéon

The fabulous lounge of Cinéma Le Panthéon

Frédérique Bredin with Jack and Monique Lang

Frédérique Bredin with Jack and Monique Lang. photo Farida Brechemier


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Bertrand Tavernier, the director, with Jean Pierre Marielle. photo Farida Brechemier


The evening at Cinéma Le Panthéon was fun and seeing Jean Rochefort, Jean Pierre Marielle and Bertrand Tavernier celebrate their producer, Michelle de Broca, was a moving moment of cinema. At the invitation of Frédérique Bredin, President of CNC, Centre national du Cinéma, they were all celebrating forty years of movie making with the screening of a historical film « Que la Fête commence » set in France and Britany just after Louis XIV th’s death. But also remembering a time when actors were having a ball on each film they shot. Especially those actors ! And former culture minister Jack Lang, was as gracious as ever, talking about Frédérique Bredin who started her career at his ministry and his current project, IMA, the Institut du Monde Arabe, and Woody Allen’s recent visit there with his daughters.Read More

Treasures of sand and fire


Lino Tagliapietra vase, 1993, photo Jean Tholance


Hu vase, China, 1736-1796, Photo Jean Tholance

It is hard to make a choice among the 600 pieces of glass that are exceptionnally exhibited at the Galerie Rivoli of Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This attempt to illustrate the history of glass making in Venice and in France but also in China and Vienna since the Renaissance is a great success and a quiet moment to enjoy.

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A new dashing tailor

Charles Balsan shows the factory his ancestor started in 1864, in Chateauroux

Charles Balsan shows the factory his ancestor started in 1864, in Chateauroux


The Dormeuil tweeds are wonderful.

It is an amazing come back for Charles Balsan who has just opened a men’s tailoring shop, at 122 bd Haussmann, next door to the shop his father used to run thirty years ago. Balsan was born and raised in a textile factory, his family owned since 1864, when his great grandfather Pierre Balsan bought the Manufacture royale de Chateauroux. Originally from the Cévennes, a mountainous region of Central France, the family has always developed the manufacturing of woolen drapes since 1675. And he still remembers his grandparents boarding the ship to Argentina to find the best sheep or the smell of wet wool around the factory when he came home from school.

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When a classicist becomes a bestselling writer


The dagger, a six to eight inches long iron blade is leaf shaped.

Barry Strauss is the only Classicist I know (with the late Jacqueline de Romilly) who is also a best selling writer. His 15th book, « the Death of Caesar » (Simon and Schuster) hit the top of the Amazon’s bestselling list for European history. I knew Barry at Yale, when he was already a very brilliant (and very modest) PHD student and I was always surprised to hear him actually « talk » in latin. In France, greek and latin are « dead » languages and we never speak them.

A great specialist of battles, Strauss brings his students from Cornell’s History department which he chairs, to battlefields in France, Greece and Italy and Belgium. And so, when his Spartacus came out in French, we had a chance to discuss this new book on Caesar’s death.

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Fitzwilliam and Bourdelle strike a new friendship


Thomas Gainsborough, Heneage Lloyd and his sister Lucy from the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Jane Munro, curator of paintings and drawings at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, speaks perfect French and travels to Paris often. She found it totally natural, after spending six years of her life researching artists mannequins in paintings, to offer Musée Bourdelle the exhibition she had curated in Cambridge. Amélie Simier, took it on for the reopening of her museum devoted to sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and his studio. The result is a fun, quirky, unusual show where Courbet paintings flirt with Gainsborough and de Chirico with Kokoschka.Read More

A multicolor Pierre Bonnard at Orsay

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“Les danseuses” as seen through fog from high above.

No need to go to Musée Marmottan to see the exhibition « La Toilette, naissance de l’Intime » for there are 14 baigneuses by Pierre Bonnard at Musée d’Orsay. And I must say they are not my favourite. The exhibition, which is drawing 4 000 visitors a day, is a hit and everyone can find a style he likes in this painter who was alive for 80 years and a master of color.

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French women don’t get fat at la Régalade

La Régalade St Honoré is still a wonderful find.

La Régalade St Honoré is still a wonderful find.

Mireille Guiliano, former CEO of Veuve Clicquot in the United States, became worldwide famous ten years ago, with her first book « French women don’t get fat » (Knopf) where she tells how she was fat at 16 and never again, even though she eats in restaurants ten times a week.


And Mireille was running the show!

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