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[27 Nov 2006|05:20pm]
cranialharp
My art history exam is in two days.
We have been learning about Courbet, Manet, Monet and their roles as artists in eighteenth century Paris.

French culture appears to me, steeped in mystery and grandeur.
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[02 Nov 2006|06:48am]

astra__
Salut a tous
J'suis de Saint-Petersbourg. En janvier je serais a Paris.
Qu'est-ce que vous me conseillez de voire, visiter etc?
Je voudrais préciser qu'en ecrivant une thèse sur la philosophie francaise du XVII siècle j'tiens a voir les hoteles particuliers ou les chateaux ou les precieuses, les jansenistes et les autres "personages" typique pour ce temps-la ont vecu ou ont passe quelques jours de leurs vies.
Aussi j'envie de trouver quelques bouquinistes pour acheter des livres assez récentes sur ce theme
Merci
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Aucun Trait de la Reine [21 Oct 2006|09:54pm]

publius_aelius
[ mood | disappointed ]

x-posted at france
lebrunreine/

Last night, I saw the Sofia Coppola costume drama about the « Qu’ils mangent du gateau » half of the life of the last great Sovereign of «l’Ancien Regime. »
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But here’s a reviewer who doesn’t agree with me at all:

http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/104366,WKP-News-marie20.article

This thing was supposedly based on Lady Antonia Fraser’s biography, but, if so, I wonder how Coppola would DARE to suggest that the Dauphin was fathered by Fersen. That suggestion DOES “trivialize” the very things that this “Queen of Trivialities” DID take seriously—her divine right and royal lineage.

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Jour de la Morte de la Reine [16 Oct 2006|06:20am]

publius_aelius
[ mood | contemplative ]

x-posted in france
ladauphine/

Aujourd’hui, il y a deux cent treize ans, la dernière reine de l’Ancien Régime, Marie Antoinette d’Autriche et de Lorraine, est montée sur l’échafaud, Place de la Concorde, Paris.

A ce moment-ci, il commence à être intérêt renouvelé pour cette figure historique—surtout aux pays anglophones. Peut-être c’est parce que les Anglophones se rendent compte qu’ils sont, eux-mêmes, à la fin d’un epoch privilégié et qu’il y aura une dette à payer pour les excès du siècle passe. Aussi, pour les historiens de la féminisme, Marie Antoinette n’est plus la nullité que ceux du passe ont pense, mais, au contraire, une femme courageuse et décisive.

Le film de Coppola qui fera son début en Amérique vendredi prochain, est critique dans cet article par l’historienne de la haute couture qu’a preferee Marie Antoinette :
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/caroline-weber/let-them-eat-lace-marie-_b_28701.html

Review of Weber’s book in the New Yorker:
http://www.newyorker.com/critics/atlarge/articles/060925crat_atlarge

Review of the Coppola film in The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/13/movies/13mari.html?_r=1&adxnnl=1&oref=slogin&adxnnlx=1160742276-kNOV52ikNDBO4EFPrga7OQ

“Tete de Marie Antoinette”:

tetedelareine/

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Casanova Et Compagnie Chez le Bourreau [08 Oct 2006|09:54pm]

publius_aelius
Casanova/

Some of this is wrong; Louis XV was not present at the quartering of Damiens—the
atrocity of which so repulsed him that he refused to discuss it with courtiers who traveled to Paris to witness it. However, it is perfectly true that Casanova attended with a party of demi-mondains:
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http://www.randomhouse.com/boldtype/1297/zacks/essay.html


Ce petit joujou, fabrique par un groupe de voyous, doit être la chose la plus bizarre en rapport de cet événement dont j’ai jamais entendu dire:

http://www.museocriminologico.it/cavalli_uk.htm
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Mitford's Pompadour and Waugh [23 Sep 2006|01:06pm]

publius_aelius
[ mood | artistic ]

X-posted in marchmainhouse
pompadouratversailles/

Madame de Pompadour: Eminence without honor
The Hudson Review
Tess Lewis

A skillful woman knows how to mingle pleasure with the general interest and, without boring her lover, contrives to have him do what she wants.
-Mme. de Tencin

[S]uch a combination-that of the genius of a Richelieu in the body of a Pompadour are not, perhaps, in the order of things possible.
-Sainte-Beuve, "Louis XV"

A review of several biographies of the one called at Versailles “Mama Putain”:
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http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa4021/is_200307/ai_n9278536/pg_1

The one by that inimitable stylist Nancy Mitford, Evelyn Waugh’s friend, is by far the best. There is some evidence, in the Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford, edited by Charlotte Mosley (New York: Houghton-Mifflin Company, 1996), that Waugh gave Mitford some advice concerning the composition of biographies for a cultivated but non-academic audience:

Piers Court,
Stinchcombe

February, 1953

Darling Nancy:
On no account a novel. A popular life like Strachey’s QUEEN VICTORIA, to be enjoyed by Honks [Cooper] and Pam Barry. Plenty of period prettiness. Write for the sort of reader who knows Louis XV furniture when she sees it but thinks Louis XV was son of XIV and had his head cut off. There is no limit to the amount of knowledge YOU must have. The question is how much to impart. Aldous Huxley fails in this matter of taste, particularly in Devils of Loudon, he can’t resist giving irrelevant information. But I’m sure your artistic taste won’t fail you.
I write from memory, but I think it is fair to say Madame de Pompadour’s influence in politics was disastrous. The defeats of 1759 were her defeats. But I daresay historians have changed their views since I stopped studying.
As far as I remember, the Parlements were King’s Courts like our royal courts temp. Henry II, designed to break the power of the feudal courts. By Louis XV time I think the feudal courts had not much more power than the English J.P.s. All authority IN THEORY emanated from the throne, but the Parlements soon became practically hereditary themselves. The noblesse de robe (from whom incidentally most of the best Jansenist came) were a group of wealthy and learned families who shared out the legal appointments among themselves. But Toqueville will tell you all this, I am sure.
Strachey, in Q.V., knew all the politics of the reign inside out and just drew on his knowledge here and there when it was necessary for his portrait. It is like the knowledge of anatomy that is necessary for drawing a clothed figure—but I suppose that with your views of art you won’t admit that it is necessary.
I imagine Mme. de P.as Phyllis de Janze. I imagine Phyllis did, too.

Love,
E.


And the description, from the Goncourts’ Journal of THIS portrait
lapompadour2/ :
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Rock clubs in Paris [30 Aug 2006|10:03am]

lady_astaroth
Salut! :o)

I'm going to Paris for a couple of days at the end of September. Can you recommend any good clubs where they play rock and alternative?
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[23 Jul 2006|12:26pm]

mademoiselle_jm
As I promised, here are pictures of Paris (especially "la butte Montmartre", where there is "le Sacré Coeur"). I took these photos during my last trip in Paris, on January.  With a friend of mine, Amandine, we spent a week in Paris, in a "auberge de jeunesse" (I don't know the English for that: it's a kind of hotel for the youth).




Houses at Montmartre




le Sacré Coeur




my favorite point of view of the Sacré Coeur : from the bottom of the hill where there is the "manège"




the view from our room... we were lucky!




view from le Sacré Coeur, in sepia 




another view of the Sacré Coeur, a sunny day this time




The "manège", in sepia




stairs leading to Montmartre
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Marceline Desbordes-Valmore [20 Jul 2006|10:16pm]

mademoiselle_jm
Je voudrais vous faire partager mon enthousiasme pour la poétesse romantique Marceline Desbordes-Valmore (1786 - 1859. Voici un lien qui vous fera découvrir certains de ses poèmes: http://poesie.webnet.fr/auteurs/desborde.html

Personnellement, j'aime beaucoup "la couronne effeuillée"
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Charles Baudelaire [18 Jul 2006|12:17pm]

_viola
The book I'm reading at the moment has some entertaining anecdotes about Baudelaire and I thought I'd share some of them with you.





On another occasion he had ordered a steak with great care. When the proprietor asked him if it was all right, the following transpired:


    "It is precisely the steak I wanted," he replied. "It is as tender as the brain of a baby."

    "The brain of ...?"

    "Of a baby," pronounced the hoaxer, looking up with a steady stare. The restaurateur went down with all speed to protect his children from a customer who seemed to be a ferocious maniac.

    Baudelaire did not care for children.


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