I thought this Art Deco movie poster for the silent 1926 film So this is Paris was pretty fun. Not only is it a comedy, but it also features lots of Charleston dancing. If you'd like to know more about So this is Paris, you can read a very enthusiastic 1926 New York Times review of it here!
The photographs of Vivian Maier were big news some years ago after they were accidentally discovered in an old trunk in an auction by an eagle eyed John Maloof. (I've actually blogged about her before here.) However, I've just finished watching a documentary by John Maloof which covers the discovering of the photographs (negatives actually) and John's detective work at finding out who this unheard of and mysterious person Vivian Maier was. It was really well done. You can see the trailer for it here at the official Vivian Maier website. It is very worth while seeing if you get the opportunity!
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.
These stunning photographs are from a sumptuous coffee table book (published in late 2013) called Hollywood in Kodachrome. Prior to he release of Kodachrome in the mid 30s there was really only black and white film, so you can imagine how glorious these images of Hollywood stars looked at the time. Actually, I think they look pretty wonderful now. You can buy the book here and here.