This is Pascal from Toulouse. You might remember him swimming, watching the football and of course doing a bit of zen meditation. Well now he's at the Cannes Film festival. It doesn't actually start unit May 13th, but he has already checked into his seaside hotel so he can practise his cocktail banter and decide which bow tie best compliments his chocolate brown eyes. He is a huge film buff and one of his dearest wishes this year at Cannes is to meet Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian Film critic whom he greatly admires. Ever since Peter Bradshaw wrote the infamous and exceptionally entertaining one star review of Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco", Pascal has been a huge fan.
This is my latest Nouvelle Vague poster: Jean-Luc Godard's Bande À Part. Apparently, Godard described the film as "Alice in Wonderland meets Franz Kafka". If you haven't seen it, you are in for a treat! It is a must see for film aficionados and is famous for its "minute of silence" scene, the run through the Louvre scene and the famous "Madison dance" café scene. Other bits of trivia about the film are:
1) it is narrated by Jean-Luc Godard himself.
2) the lovely lead actress Anna Karina was Jean-Luc's muse and wife and appeared in several of his films.
3) the three lead characters practiced their dance scene in bars and nightclubs in and around the Latin District.
4) Quentin Tarantino named his production company "A Band Apart" and paid homage to the "Madison dance" sequence when he had John Travolta and Uma Thurman dance together in Pulp Fiction.
5) it was Godard's seventh film.
If you'd like to read more about this iconic film, there is a good essay here you can sink your teeth into.
There were masses of "look at me" dresses at the Met Gala Ball this year, but for my money, it was the simple/ classical dresses that stood out. The theme was "China: Through the Looking Glass". I'm not sure if Ivanka Trump's gorgeous Jared Kushner cobalt blue gown was on theme, but it sure looked stunning. Kate Hudson was more on theme with her gold custom made Michael Kors gown and Jennifer Connelly similarly dressed to theme in a Luis Vuitton white floral dress. Finally, Lily Collin's pretty Chanel skirt and top also caught my eye. You can see more Met Gala dresses here and decide which ones you like best. All images from here.
The latest Mad Men episode, "Time & Life", just might be one of my all time favourite episodes. There was so much going on, but it all held together perfectly. There were so many memorable scenes between key characters such as between Trudi and Pete, Peggy and Stan, Don and Roger, and Joan and Pete. But most importantly there was Ted, Pete, Don, Joan, Roger and the McCann Erickson boss, Jim Hobart, in that game changing boardroom scene. I can hardly wait for the next instalment! If you would like to read a more detailed critique of the episode, you can find an excellent one here at Vanity Fair.
Canadian architect Natalie Dionne has converted an industrial building into a modern home for herself in the city of Montreal. After being renovated and added to, the finished house forms a "U" shape and so it has become known as the "U" House. Could you live here? I think I could quite comfortably. All images via decoist and arch daily.