Behind Claude’s Doors
In 1960s Paris she became known as the world’s most exclusive madam, whose client list was said to include John Kennedy, de Gaulle, Onassis, and multiple Rothschilds, and whose beautiful and cultivated girls often went on to marry wealth, power, and prestige. But among the many secrets Madame Claude kept, perhaps the greatest were her own. William Stadiem, who knew the elusive Claude in the 1980s, follows her trail to the South of France. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Aug 22, 2014 -
's work is quite impressive! He already won several other prizes and awards. Today was the Lucas Dolega award
, in Paris. Saeedi is an award winning and internationally recognized Iranian photographer who has photographed Middle East with a focus on the humanitarian aspect for the past two decades. He also takes a special interest in telling the untold stories of social issues and social injustice through his photos. photo 1
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posted by gbenard
on Jan 20, 2014 -
Marie-Henri Beyle was a French novelist, better known by his pen name Stendhal. Though he is now known for his acute analysis of his characters' psychology and he is considered one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of realism
, during his lifetime his reputation was largely based on his books dealing with the arts and with tourism
. He is also notable for personal experiences he recorded in Naples and Florence: A Journey from Milan to Reggio
. There he wrote that his "heart was beating fast at the thought of entering Florence," then when in the Basilica of Santa Croce
, he "experienced the most intense pleasure art has ever bestowed upon me ... a sort of ecstasy." Later, he "was seized with a fierce palpitation of the heart;" he "walked in constant fear of falling to the ground." This was the first recorded case of hyperkulturemia, also known as the Stendhal or Florence Syndrome, a psychosomatic reaction to art and/or scenes of beauty
. Similar psychosomatic experiences have been recorded in Paris
, though the former largely linked to cultural shock and disconnect at the imagined and real Paris
, while the latter most often associated with evangelical Christian tourists who are overwhelmed by their experiences and come to believe they are the Chosen One
. The good news for people who suffer from any of these syndromes: the symptoms generally diappear once the person leaves the location or region that set off the psychosomatic illness.
posted by filthy light thief
on Dec 28, 2013 -
That Intoxicating Pink
Rose champagne is the intoxicant of choice for courtesans and kings. Beautiful, expensive, and rare, it was beloved by the grandest of the grandes horizontales of nineteenth-century Paris—and the men who could afford to love them. In Second Empire France, the Countess Henkel von Donnersmarck—known to historians of the libido as La Païva, and earlier as Esther Lachmann, late of the Moscow ghetto—demanded magnums of it as a “gratuity” while entertaining clients in the boudoir of her ill-begotten Hotel de la Païva on the Champs-Élysées. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Nov 19, 2013 -
In 1971 Jean Garetto and Pierre Codou began to dream of a radio station that could calm even the drivers stuck on the Paris Périphérique. It would play wonderful, unexpected music chosen by people who knew their onions. The tracks would be drawn from diverse genres and chosen to seque enchantingly. There would be no jingles, commercials or self-aggrandising DJs - not even defined programs - just some announcers chosen for their mellifluous voices but paid to mostly stay quiet. The result was - and is - FipRadio
. Fans have included residents of Brighton in the UK who enjoyed an illegal re-transmission of the station
for many years - and journalist David Hepworth who describes the thrill of hearing "a voice you want to marry whispering words you can't understand
! [more inside]
posted by rongorongo
on Sep 26, 2013 -
British market-research firm Ipsos Mori has released the results of "The largest ever global study of the best city to do business in, live in, and visit." Interactive data here
, more info here
posted by Navelgazer
on Sep 8, 2013 -
The Red Balloon
, originally released in 1956
, by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse, won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. A 34 minute short, filmed in the Ménilmontant neighborhood of Paris.
The film received a 95% rating on RottenTomatoes
. And, although it's been mentioned in comments once or twice here at MetaFilter, I don't believe it's ever been linked.
Find your favorite 6 year old kid, make some popcorn, open a bottle of wine, champagne
might be best, sit back, and enjoy. You'll find it a fantastic conversation starter with your little one.
posted by HuronBob
on Aug 4, 2013 -
Paris Je T'aime
- a short 5 minutes film by the Coen Brothers.
In Tuileries, a short film by Joel and Ethan Coen from the 2006 anthology, Paris Je T’Aime, Steve Buscemi plays a mild-mannered tourist caught completely out of his element. What transpires is a rather bizarre five-minute cultural lesson they won’t teach you at Berlitz.
via Open Culture
posted by lipsum
on Jul 1, 2013 -
In the new game Avant-Garde
, you play an up-and-coming artist in 19th century Paris, a contemporary of Manet and Bouguereau. Carve and sell allegorical statue groups! Get snubbed by Napoleon III! Subsidize Gustave Courbet's drinking! Compose and promulgate your own aesthetic manifesto!
posted by Iridic
on Mar 8, 2013 -
A day before her 32nd birthday, Jill Brzezinski-Conley was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. She's now 35, and her cancer has metastasized to terminal, stage-4. Sue Bryce won Australian Portrait Photographer of the Year in both 2011 and 2012, and last year's prize was a one-person trip to Paris. After hearing her story, Bryce took Brzezinski-Conley with her to the City of Light for a photo shoot and brought along a videographer. The resulting short film: "The Light That Shines
." (Also on Vimeo
. (click the open magazine at the top of the page)
. The video and photos both show a topless Ms. Brzezinski-Conley, and may be nsfw
. [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Feb 6, 2013 -
A collection of color photography and film footage of Paris and the surrounding area - from the early 20th century! - has been made available on the website
of the Albert-Kahn Museum.
posted by jph
on Jan 25, 2013 -
There are two types of subway riders in the world. Those who wonder, during an idle moment at a station, if they could beat the train to the next stop; and those who attempt to do so. Observe
posted by heyho
on Jan 24, 2013 -
The Beat Hotel
and neighbourhood as seen through the lens of Harold Chapman
Amongst the photos Gregory Corso, Allen Ginsberg, Peter Orlovsky, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Mirtaud the cat.
The Beat Hotel (wiki
) was probably the last Parisian 'Vie de Boheme'.
posted by adamvasco
on Jan 21, 2013 -
Our aim is to examine [Paris's] connection to its underground in a way no one has before: we will attempt to walk from the southern edge to the northern, using only catacombs, telecom tunnels, sewers and other hidden infrastructure. It is a 14-mile trek, every step illegal.
posted by Chrysostom
on Nov 5, 2012 -
Woody Allen's 2011 movie Midnight in Paris
tells the story of a modern-day character repeatedly finding himself in the 1920s, in a kind of temporary time travel. As it turns out, this is a real-life phenomenon known as a time slip
. Perhaps the most famous documented case was from 1901, at the Palace of Versailles. [more inside]
posted by mark7570
on Jul 21, 2012 -