How to Ruin a Queen: Marie Antoinette and the Diamond Necklace Affair, by Jonathan Beckman – This is a detailed historical account of the scandal over a diamond necklace that may have been one of the causes that led to the French Revolution. Trust me. Hollywood could never make up a story like this.
L’Empereur – Remember those cute little penguins that marched across our screens and into our hearts in 2005? Well, they’re back – in France at least. Filmmaker Luc Jacquet was now able to film them underwater, thanks to technological advances in equipment. There is currently no release date set for North America, but since the last film won an Oscar, I hope it’s only a matter of time.
Seda France candles and home fragrance – I bought some Seda France candles and diffusers as gifts at Christmas and ended up keeping one each for myself. When researching this post, I learned that the company is not actually French at all, but rather based in Texas. Nonetheless, the beautiful packaging recalls the 18th century French passion for chinoiserie and toile and the scents are rich and complex. After only fifteen years in business, Seda is a newcomer compared to such venerable companies as Cire Trudon that dates to 1643, but I must say I’m impressed. They currently have a sitewide sale if you’d like to sample a new fragrance. I’m particularly partial to Japanese Quince and Currant Pourpre.
Gad Gone Wild – French stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh is on Netflix (USA) with a live show in Montreal. He has hysterically funny sets about immigration, taxis, cultural differences between Morocco, Paris, and New York.