Well, the verdict on the new format was positive, so here we go again with a round-up of francophile recommendations:
- Artist makes the Louvre Pyramid disappear – I am looking forward to seeing this when I get to Paris in a few weeks. JR is a French artist known for his installations of black and white photos in public places – often without official permission. He was surprised and pleased to be invited to do an installation at the Louvre. The concept sounds brilliant – JR placed a black and white photo of the facade of the Louvre on top of I.M. Pei’s iconic Pyramid. From the right angle, the Pyramid seems to disappear and the viewer appears to be seeing the original facade. It’s appropriately controversial – some people want an unobstructed view of the Pyramid back, which flips the original reaction to the Pyramid on its head (Get this abomination out of here!). You can see it until June 27.
- Tell No One (Ne le dis à personne) – This is not a new film, but it’s a huge favorite with me and my students. It’s probably the most successful French mystery thriller ever made. Starring Francois Cluzet, directed by Guillaume Canet, and based on a novel by Harlan Coben, this film has more twists and turns than the streets of the Marais. A murder investigation is re-opened after eight years and the husband is suspect #1, but now he’s receiving messages that suggest that his wife is still alive. It’s available on Netflix (at least in the US) and on Amazon.
- Texture – This is one of my favorite apps. For about the price of two magazines, you can have access to hundreds of magazines every month. They have a few French language magazines from Quebec so you can practice your language skills while you puruse the latest fashion looks and pick out a menu for dinner.
- In With The Old: Classic Décor from A to Z, by Jennifer Boles – This decor book by a decor blogger (The Peak of Chic) is easy to dip into. In about two pages each, Boles gives information about design classics in alphabetical order, many of which are French, such as coquillage, faux bois, and verre églomisé. The book is beautifully illustrated and Boles’ writing is witty and lighthearted.
- Halsbrook – If you like classic, elegant clothing, Halsbrook is an online retailer you should check out. They feature such French companies as Saint James for nautical-inspired sportswear, or Paule Ka, for classy daywear. These are investment pieces, but their sales make the clothes much more accessible.Halsbrook also has lots of styling suggestions and travel guides.
À vendredi prochain!