From August 24 movie fans can pick apart the special effects that have wowed audiences throughout the ages with wide-ranging new exhibition ‘La machine cinéma de Méliès à la 3D’ at the Cinémathèque Française. Punters can thus travel back to the roots of blockbuster cinema with the work of visionary French director Georges Méliès, the early pioneer of ambitious on-screen trickery behind 1902’s ‘Le Voyage dans la Lune’. The exhibit starts from here, tracing the history of FX right up to the advanced techniques in used in today’s big-budget sci-fi films.TRANSLATION: LEONIE CATER
Ever imagined watching a symphony or listening to a picture? “Impossible,” we hear you splutter. Well, the Philharmonie de Paris would disagree. From an unlikely collaboration between French rock singer Matthieu Chedid and contemporary British photographer Martin Parr springs an unprecedented sensory experience. ‘MMM’, open to the public from October 4 2016 to January 29 2017, brings music and photography together in an original, bold and colourful artistic dialogue between two creatives – virtuosos in their respective fields. Through this eccentric hybrid of mediums, the exhibit presents Parr’s photography matched with nine tracks especially composed by Chedid, engendering a musical-pictorial exhibit full of tenderness, poetry and irony. It truly is a sight for sore eyes… and ears. TRANSLATION: LEONIE CATER
Institute Suedois has a knack for getting great photographers in to exhibit, and the Swede Johan Bävman, is no exception. On learning that only 14% of men opted to take parental leave of more than a month in his mother country (and even less in France), the artist decided to dig deeper into the world of stay-at-home dads. Looking overwhelmed but always attentive to the needs of their little sprogs, bearded dads vacuum with their toddlers on their backs, Ghostbuster-style, spending every day between sports classes and supermarkets to reap the benefits of seeing their children grow up first-hand. The photographer captures simple and tender gestures – like a father and son drinking their respective coffee/hot chocolate in unison – but also shows the hardships. Bävman’s paternal portraits are like a pertinent sociological study, and work hard to fight the sexist clichés. It’s a shame, nonetheless, that the exhibition (a series of ten photos in 40x50 format) is so tiny. Slaloming between tables and people sitting down to eat is not exactly the most relaxing experience, and draws away from what is an otherwise strong retrospective.
How’s this for a story: a bilingual Brit moves to Paris and quits his job at Apple after seven years to become a full-time comedian. Even better: his level of French is good enough that he can do an hour-long set; half in English, half in French. And he’s really, really funny. But anyone who’s watched Paul Taylor’s ‘What the Fuck France’ YouTube channel will already know that – his first video, ridiculing the tradition of ‘la bise’ in France, has had over two million views. Now with a solid following under his belt, the 29-year-old Taylor has an extended run at Sentier des Halles and performs in the ideal comedy cellar to an international crowd. But a little audience participation revealed the majority of the audience to be frogs – unsurprising when most gags are an affectionate form of French-bashing. The man is engaged to a Parisian, after all. Starting with the pitfalls of being a Rosbif with a near perfect French accent, Taylor’s energetic set goes on to cover cultural differences, French administration and subtle linguistic differences, with fresh and hilarious anecdotes. Gags occasionally err on the side of toilet talk but who doesn’t love hearing a Brit talk shit? There are laughs to be had for any expat as he also recounts his time living in Montréal and Madrid. Making people laugh in one language is hard enough but in two – simultaneously – takes a certain je-ne-sais-quoi. Taylor’s glasses and pint in hand stance all play a part in his stellar comedic timing, as do
Voilà un virage à 90 degrés qui n'a pas dû réjouir tous les fans de Bon Iver. On se souvient d'une voix haut perchée, délicate, accompagnée d'une guitare folk, des mélodies qui parlaient des grands espaces, des voyages, des petits bijoux inestimables tels qu'« Holocène » ou « Towers ». Et puis est arrivé une nouvel album : « 22 A Million »... Peut-être Justin Vernon a-t-il subitement découvert l'auto-tune ? On ne sait pas, mais ce qu'on sait en revanche c'est que bon nombre de barbus à bonnet ont dû se bourrer de lexomil (bio) ou penser se jeter dans une rivière (après une bonne petite partie de pêche). Bref, c'est déroutant, mais pas si désagréable après une 32ème écoute.
Listening to his last album 'Vestiges and Claws', you have to wonder how José Gonzalez manages to invent such delicate melodies. For thirteen years, he has been whispering in our ears as we read on the sofa, settle down in the bath or serenading us on a Sunday morning. José Gonzalez should be prescribed by doctors and reimbursed by the State.
Former Gossip Girl star Taylor Momsen quit acting in order to concentrate on music, and there’s no denying her commitment to the oversexed, rocker-chick image she’s cultivated as frontwoman of the Pretty Reckless. At Paris's Le Bataclan the American rock outfit performs in support of its album Who You Selling For.