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Hollywood… You make me smile!

Hollywood… You make me smile!

Emma Thompson, Golden Globes 2014
The “Louboutin-Martini” speech

The Hollywood award season is underway, and it will culminate on Sunday March 2, with the 86th Academy Awards. For us movie fans, it is a fun time of year. 

Some of us get excited about favorite movies; actors and actresses. Others tune in, so they can gawk at designer-clad celebrities, walking down the Red Carpet. 

We watch – and occasionally cringe –  as TV hosts greet famous guests, pouring out of black limousines. 

During the show (it never seems to end on time,) we all yawn at overdrawn speeches; the endless list of “Thank you’s;” or the disingenuous declarations: “I did not expect this. I did not prepare a speech…” (You have been nominated. Isn’t it part of your job to prepare a speech?)

We watch the prestigious audience laugh nervously at the host’s jokes. Some good; some awkward; some plain mean. 

We endure commercial breaks. And long musical numbers. 

We reminisce about Old Hollywood glamour. Grace, and Audrey. Rita. Katharine. Liz. Never mind that we are too young to actually remember the good old days. The well-oiled Hollywood machine has conditioned us for years. These glamorous stars are part of our lives; almost part of the family.

Grace and Audrey, presenters at the 1956 Academy Awards…

But the good old days are gone. Welcome to the time of hyperactive social media and unbridled paparazzi power! Glamour has faded, replaced by gossip; unflattering photos of celebrities on their coffee runs (Can you picture Grace Kelly toting around her tall, non-fat latte in a Starbucks paper cup?) — There are so many celebrities (famous for being famous,) and so few artists, it seems. So be it. Times change. 

Still, as a long-time movie fan, I am grateful for movie stars, and the stories they tell. I see talent, and on rare occasions, I see grace. I still dream; laugh and cry with them. 

This week, as I browsed online, I spotted a few shots of my favorite actors and actresses. And they made me smile. I hope you enjoy them, as much as I did. 

Long live le cinéma. Long live Hollywood. This French Girl, for one, will keep watching.

Les complices. Accomplices. Meryl Streep. Julia Roberts. And you thought your family was dysfunctional. If you have not seen them (and the rest of the stellar cast) in August: Osage County, you are missing something. Good friends or consummate professionals promoting a movie? Does it matter? 

The Blues Brothers had nothing on these two sisters!

And talking about friends…

Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson

Emma is one talented lady, (Saving Mr Banks, anyone?) and from what I hear, a fun broad. A good mom too.

Emma and “Mini-Me” daughter Gaia

All right. I admit it. Most of my favorite ladies are over 40. or 50. Et alors? So what? 

Sandra, so happy to see you laugh.
Please don’t do anything to your beautiful face!

Of course, I do not forget les Boys. How could I ever forget les Boys?

Look at these two handsome fellows. Real men take their moms to Award shows.

I like them just fine too when their moms are not around…

Ben, Ben, Ben… Bradley, Bradley, Bradley…

You clean up nice, Colin F.

Yes, thank you, movie stars. You can walk around holding a Starbucks paper cup; or look sweaty when you leave the gym; wear no make up as you get their groceries. We like to think you are just like us, professionals; friends; lovers; mothers and fathers…

Cate Blanchett and her two leading men
Critics Choice Awards, January 2014

… but the truth is, you are not . You have that little extra something; the ability to inspire and captivate; the power to make us dream. And that is a good thing.

A bientôt. 

I used to think as I looked out on the Hollywood night, ‘There must be thousands of girls sitting alone like me dreaming of being a movie star.’ But I am not going to worry about them. I’m dreaming the hardest.

— Marilyn Monroe

26 Responses to Hollywood… You make me smile!

  1. I love a good movie and I could not agree with you more about the glamour of old Hollywood. It saddens me to think of all of the people who are famous for being famous, sadly some of them have not class, ok many of them.

    Your favorite leading ladies are also mine. I love the fact that these wonderful women are professional and talented and we do not see their life splashed daily across the tabloids.

  2. v you have the absolute best way with words….I do not watch the award shows I do not really know why I do not and most of my movies well really all of them are viewed at home (Netflix)-but I love a good story -I have trouble with suspense or action packed films I get too “keyed up” but I do love interesting plots and the twist or two-we are in the middle of another deep freeze and this was the perfect ending way to end the day after shoveling….enjoy the rest of the week dear v-

    • Merci beaucoup g. So we are both Netflix customers 🙂 I do make the most of my subscription, that is for sure. So sorry about your weather on the East Coast. I would absolutely hate that much cold. I think Netflix, with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa, is the way to go, don’t you? I can recommend a few French movies that recently came out. In fact, I just thought of a new post idea for next week. Hang in there, g, help is on its way! 🙂

    • CANNOT WAIT-yes yes to the recommendations– right you are– coffee and film; right now Agatha Christie-Death in the Clouds(a poirot mystery) on a side note a local museum in a suburb of Philly is having an exhibit of Grace Kelly’s cloths etc-a styling type of thing-will let you know how it is -a Philly girl-she would cringe at my saying that-PHILADELPHIA–sounds better don’tcha think 😉 waiting with baited breath for the next post/film selections!! as always thank you-for your art-of writing!!!

  3. Je ne suis pas très fan du cinéma américain actuel, par contre, celui de Grace et Audrey me fait encore rêver, c’est certainement une question d’age.

  4. Un bien joli post qui va ravir tous les fans de ciné, dont je suis, tu le sais . HA, Bradley, Bradley, Bradley… :o)
    Ici, nous n’avons que de petits morceaux des cérémonies. A une époque , je me levais à 3h du matin pour regarder les oscars en direct sur Canal!
    C’est vrai qu’il y a moins de glamour, que les stars paraissent plus proches de nous à cause d’ internet, des medias, que c’est plus difficile de trouver de vrais bons films ou de vrais bons acteurs…Mais l’essentiel est de pouvoir continuer à rêver grâce au cinéma . Et ça, ça n’a pas de prix!
    Bisous et à bientôt!

    • Ah, je pensais bien qu’il te plairait, celui-ci, Marie. Je sais que nous partageons une passion commune pour le [bon] cinéma américain et les grandes stars… Et comme tu le soulignes très justement, certains d’entre nous continuent de rêver et de s’évader grâce au cinéma, alors tout va bien. Bisous (le soleil est revenu sur la Côte, je crois…)

  5. Emma Thompson was great, like a breath of fresh air! And I had never seen those photos of Audrey and Grace before, how lovely. Thanks for posting them!

  6. “Personalities” is what I call some actors who become famous WITHOUT being good at their craft, but “celebrities” is a good word too. A lot of those “celebrities” are just good at promoting themselves, hiring the most expensive publicists, stylists…
    I love Emma and Meryl! They are not only good actors and nice, they also choose their scripts very carefully. In the true sense of the word, they are pros and deserved awards and oscars…

    • “Personalities.” I like that a lot, Nadege. And of course, you get to meet a lot of them in sunny Los Angeles, in your line of work. Have you ever met Meryl or Emma? I certainly would enjoy doing that! Thank you for stopping by…

  7. Dearest Véronique,
    Both of us (my husband Pieter and I) are quite illiterate about movies of the last two decades. Due to our extensive travel we were mostly gone, somewhere else in another continent. That’s one reason for not being able to keep up with it and frankly, I don’t even admire those late so-called movie stars. A few exceptions like I LOVED Patrick Swayze and maybe a few more. But there is no class, no style and all the glamour looks so FAKE! They certainly are bad role models for our young(er) generations. We used to get carried away when watching old day movies and cried. You watched them over and over again, without any loss of admiration. That is gone and as a matter of fact, being an International Consultants has made us more often feel embarrassed for the USA exporting all that Holywood crap. Most of you have never worked in so many countries as we did in all continents but if you would have, you would have felt embarrassed too. THAT’S how those countries look at the USA; judged by the poor, very poor image these Holywood ‘stars’ left for us.

    • Well, that’s depressing, Mariette, and I can see your point, but I like to think that Hollywood also exports great movies, like “Saving Mr Banks;” or “August: Osage County.” You should go and see them now that your traveling days are over. You might enjoy them 🙂

  8. What a fabulous photo of Audrey and Grace (who will be featuring on my blog next week!) I love the old school glamour. You have included many of my favourites here, Meryl, Julia, Emma not forgetting Bradley of course who really impressed me with his French in one of your much earlier posts. There have been TV advertisements for ‘August: Osage County’ this week and it’s a film I intend seeing. (I would prefer to se it in our local old-fashioned cinema but we may have to be a little patient as the modern multi screens have the new films first) I like the Marilyn Monroe quote which is new to me – another coincidence too as there is a photo of her on my blog post this week too!

    • Great minds think alike, miss b. Great minds think alike… 🙂

      Like you, I prefer old-fashioned movie theaters, but here in suburbia, we have to drive to the *big* city to find one… or we have to be ok with the giant local cineplex (neon lights are bad enough, but the popcorn smell… Ewwww… 🙂

      Will pop over to your blog to see the posts you mentioned. A bientôt !

  9. I am, indeed, old enough to remember all those fabulous Ladies (with a capital “L”), and I miss them terribly. Hollywood will never be the same without them. I do love Emma Thompson, as does Dan, although am not wild about her blonde hair. I don’t think it suits her. As to the wonderful Sandra Bullock, unfortunately, your plea comes a little too late. It’s obvious, at least to me, that she’s already had some work done on her face, but, so far so good. Hope she stops before she ends up in Meg Ryan territory. How utterly sad to ruin that adorable face.

    Great post comme d’hab, ma chère.

    Big bisous, M-T

    • Bonjour M-T. Well, Emma should listen to you. Style is your specialty, after all 🙂 I think I’d like her even with a ski hat on, but I am a bit biased. Agreed about Sandra Bullock. My comment was a bit cheeky. She needs to stop whatever she is doing, or things might get ugly. A bientôt M-T. Hugs to Dan.

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Revisiting Classics: Sleepless in Seattle

Revisiting Classics: Sleepless in Seattle

  A long time ago, when I still lived in Paris, France, I remember going to the movies (I did that a lot,) and watching a romantic comedy named Sleepless in Seattle. I only knew where Seattle was because the year before, I had seen another fun flick, Cameron Crowe‘s Singles. Forget Boeing or Microsoft. Singles…

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  1. You’re absolutely right, the movie is aging gracefully. Nora Ephron’s dialogues are hilarious and the cast with Hanks, Ryan and O’Donnell couldn’t be a better match. But the scene with Rita Wilson is absolutely brilliant, the best.

  2. I’m also a fan of this film. Just looking at the clothes and hair is enough to make me smile with nostalgia. Actually, I wore my hair just like Meg Ryan with a long, loose braid, except that my hair was red and much longer. Still, that whole romantic, long skirt, ballet flats thing was my style then. Things change.

    Did you know that “Sleepless in Seattle” was, in fact, the third version of this story on film? The second was, as you know, “An Affair to Remember” with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. The original, from 1939, starred your countryman, Charles Boyer (he was fabulous!!! Those eyes!! That voice!!!), and Irene Dunne. They were absolutely electric together. If I had to choose between the three, I think I would have to go with the original 1939 version.

    • I can just picture you with the long, beautiful red hair, M-T 🙂

      I am glad you reminded us of the older two versions of the movie. I never saw the 1939 film and based on your review, I need to change that quickly!


  3. What a lovely review. I too watched it again recently & it did “age well.” I wonder what your take is on French Kiss with Ryan… I don’t know if I’ve left you a note before, but as a student of French & Francophile, I love your blog posts, the subjects, the writing…the depth. Thank you.

    • Merci de votre visite. Thank you for stopping by. So happy you mentioned French Kiss. This used to be a big favorite of mine. I mentioned it in a post I wrote a long time ago about French waiters 🙂

      Thank you for the support and kind comments. Come back soon!

  4. I love this movie, and, you know, I’ve always wondered if Meg Ryan was pregnant in the beginning part of the movie when she tries on the wedding dress. Do you know? Strange thing to wonder about, isn’t it? I remember taking my British husband down to Seattle for the first time and pointing out places seen in the movie and he was at once appalled for breaking the romance and intrigued. Men?!? 🙂

  5. LE film anti coup de cafard par excellence! Celui qui devrait être remboursé par la securité sociale!Je ne sais même plus combien de fois je l’ai vu, je connais les dialogues par coeur; C’est le parfait conte de fées moderne!
    Rentrée de Londres, ravie et frustrée à la fois comme toujours. Pas été au studio (m’en doutais..) mais fait plein de choses sympas.
    ça va toi?…
    Gros bisous !!

  6. I read this post last week and forgot to comment-are you ready for this I never saw this movie…can you believe that ….reading this post I am somewhat curious-in the Netflix queue it goes….have a good week v!

  7. The joy and charm of a place is not to be underestimated. Living in a location where there is beauty all around is simply good for the soul, i was left wondering how many films give a starring role to a city. In fact, if there was an Oscar for best leading city each year then which would win?

    • Bienvenue Kate. Great question you are asking! I would give an Oscar to New York city and Paris. These two are definitely leading cities, and not just on film! As for the rest, I’d have to give this topic more thought. In fact, merci beaucoup, as this could inspire a new blog post soon 🙂

    • Well Bonjour, stranger! So good to hear from you. I have not visited your blog for a while, and I apologize. I will stop by this weekend. I certainly hope you will spend part of said weekend watching Meg and the rest of the cast in “Sleepless…” 🙂

  8. Comment se fait-il que j’aie raté ce billet?????? Véro! COUCOU! Il y a quelque qui ne va pas avec le truc qui me previent qu’il y a de nouveaux billets….PARDON! Je me rapelle ce film – c’est mignon. ET MERCI d’être venue hier me voir! Que tes jours d’automne soient féeriques ma chère. Oh, et j’adore enseigner aux ados au lycée! BISOUS, Anita

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Mon ami Harry Potter

Mon ami Harry Potter

Introduction: Fact 1: I am, indeed, a lucky French Girl. A heartfelt “merci” to all of you, for the messages you sent following last week’s story. Fact 2: If you do not like/get/care to hear about… the magical world of Harry Potter, skip this story. It is choke full of references and private jokes seulement…

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  1. Your love for Harry Potter certainly shines through in your wonderfully detailed post and the lovely photo of Junior’s 6th birthday party really captures his excitement too. The attention to detail in the Warner Bros tour is absolutely incredible and I had no idea that it included so much and full size sets too. The ice structure and the model of Hogwarts are stunning. They obviously employed the very best craftpeople. I would certainly enjoy finding out about the movie-making secrets too. I’m sure you couldn’t resist a treat in the gift shop!

  2. Troooooooooooooooooooooooop bien, trop bon, trop génial!!
    Comme je plains les pauvres Moldus qui sont passés à côté d’harry Potter..
    Si tout va bien, dans un mois j’y suis !Croisons les doigts très, très fort!

    • Troooooooop bien en effet, et dans quelques semaines, ce sera ton tour d’aller rendre visite à Harry et tous ses copains. J’ai utilisé l’agence de voyage Goldentours je crois. C’était très bien organisé. Seul problème: L’heure de retour est fixe et tu n’as “que” trois heures sur place.

  3. YOU have left me in a state of wonder. Though I have only seen the movie once, I can see the draw with the enchanting scenery, the magic, TOUT!!! And it is a grand pleasure to see you again mon amie; tu t’es vraiment amusée cet été! Alors, tu es prête pour la rentrée? Anita

    • Merci Anita. Je me prépare tout doucement pour la rentrée. Avec les cours particuliers, c’est un peu compliqué: il faut que tout le monde soit disponible, et qu’on trouve “un créneau” pour chaque étudiant. J’ai de grands projets pour l’année qui s’annonce. Je te raconterai tout ça plus tard. Bon courage pour la reprise de ton côté!

  4. v I am not a harry fan I never read the books or viewed the movies- but this was an excellent post the details goodness you need a week to look and dissect it all thank you for the tour-

    • You’re welcome g. Too bad you have not been introduced to the world of Harry Potter. You are so passionate about things (and people,) and you have empathy. I think you would enjoy that great story! Hugs to you.

  5. Oh, thank you for this journey! I don’t know if we will make it to London in the near future, and although the Orlando amusement park is much closer I don’t think it’s quite the same thing…

  6. Well I’ve just shared this post with Aimee and she has asked me to relay to you this message….I’M SOOOO JEALOUS!! I would say she is without doubt as huge a ‘Potterphile’ as yourself Veronique :).

  7. Un petit coucou du soir (ici).
    Your blog is always such a pleasure to read, dear Véronique! And thanks to you, I learned something new about Florida. I didn’t know Harry and his friends were featured in Orlando. Shame on the “Potterphile” I am.
    On my list… when I have time.
    I hope all is fine for you.
    Hugs from the West Coast,

    • What??? Even if you don’t know, your kids must have heard of it! 🙂 And you are a Potterphile too. I tell you what: This is a great idea of a new design for your beautiful silk scarves. A Harry Potter edition for Christmas. Approach Warner Bros. If they decide to sell it in their stores, you can retire right now 🙂 Bonne chance, Anne.

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One last movie review… and an interview (Seattle International Film Festival, part 4)

One last movie review… and an interview (Seattle International Film Festival, part 4)

The Seattle International Film Festival has been a fun ride, but it is time to wrap up… until next year. Before I hang up my movie critic hat, I would like to tell you about one last film.  What a delightful, heart-warming movie Low Profile is. The director is Cécilia Rouaud. A modern romantic comedy, a “Rom-Com” as they…

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  1. Sad to see this series come to it’s end. I’ve added this one to our list. Thanks for all these great reviews. This is going to make summer movie watching a lot more fun! ‘-)

  2. Veronique, this movie sounds so wonderful! It is so thrilling to hear your take and that you interviewed Cecilia!

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    • Bonjour Victoria. The only way you can catch the movie in France is on dvd (maybe) or on TV. It came out last summer… The “non smoking” scene was hilarious indeed. None of the character smokes, but they decide to “grill one” during their heart-to-heart chat 🙂

  3. Bonjour ma chère amie,

    Je suis heureuse de te lire et ce reportage est sensationnelle. Ce film que je n’ai pas encore vu mérite qu’il le soit… Un très certainement bon moment à passer et une autre leçon de vie.

    Je te fais de gros bisous.

    • Bonjour Martine. Comment ça va? Une excellente leçon de vie en effet. Sous des allures de comédie, c’est un film avec un fond sèrieux, dont j’ai bien aimé le message. A bientôt et bisous à Leo le Toucan!

  4. Bonjour Vero!

    YOU ROCK. The French rock….comment dit-on ça…..VOUS TOUS, VOUS ÊTES FORMIDABLE? (or the more colloquial, vous êtes terrible? Somehow that seems difficult to accept!)

    How I love a French film; there is always a twist, always a fresh way to see the usual, and with stellar actors, how can anyone go wrong, unless one is opposed to subtitles! I am so happy that I know the language so I can hear and feel all the nuances and enjoy the art of it all! Merci for the introduction to a new movie for me! Anita

    • Merci Anita. Formidable it is (but the English expression sounds better 🙂

      I am betting you would really enjoy this movie. I am really hoping they find a distributor for the US market so everyone can catch it this summer or fall. Thank you for stopping by.

  5. It looks brilliant Veronique – on my list now.
    And aren’t you the professional journalist/interviewer? I’m VERY impressed! A new career awaits.

  6. Thanks for the review and for sharing your interview with Cécilia. I hope I get to see it. Has it been released on DVD? Just got back from Provence last night so I will have to go back and read your earlier reviews so I don’t miss any good movies.

  7. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed your little series and your stint as a movie critic. It’s wonderful to have been introduced to some films which might otherwise have passed me by and I would be happy to spend an evening watching this rom-com too. What an opportunity and an honour to have interviewed Cécilia – the ‘icing on the cake’ at the end of the Festival. My task now is to be able to watch these in the UK!

    • Bienvenue, miss b. Thank you for the vote of confidence! I did have fun for a couple of weeks and will be looking forward to writing a few more reviews next year. I need to do more interviews. It is not as easy as it seems 🙂 A bientôt.

  8. Chere Veronique, what a terrific interview with this talented woman, and the film is one I know I would love. I truly hope they find their way in the States.
    I have missed your series, but would love to backtrack to read more!
    Enjoy your weekend!!

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39 Responses to French Girl in Seattle reviews “Thérèse Desqueyroux” (Seattle International Film Festival – Part III)

  1. Great review; I may gave to pass on this one. I do adore Audrey Tautou; however I need some sunlight and brightness right now!

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  2. I have always admired Audrey Tautou’s acting capabilities. She does have a wide range and never disappoints. I particularly liked her in “a very long engagement”. Cannot wait to see the movie. Thank you “film critique Veronique”.

    • I am with you Nadege. Audrey Tautou is totally unique; her looks; her “gouaille,” and the way she acts. A Very Long Engagement is an amazing movie. Did you happen to see her in Priceless (Hors de Prix,) the cute romantic comedy with Gad Elmaleh? She was quite memorable in that one, also…

  3. I loved her in the Coco Chanel movie..she must be wonderful in this..I would go to just look at her..and thank you ..I am French and have always pronounced it Deskeeroo:-)
    Truly.Oh lala…
    She is magnetic to me.

    • Well, dear Nana. I would have personally tempted to not pronounce the “s” in their last name… so… there is room for interpretation, definitely. See my comment to Nadege, above, for a couple of excellent movies featuring Mademoiselle Tautou. A bientôt.

  4. I am loving these reviews-after I read here I flip over to nexflix and put the title on my list-often in the save section as the title is not yet available! Looking forward to more reviews-an EXCELLANT job as always!!!

    • Welcome back, g. So happy to hear from you again. I am glad you enjoy my modest movie reviews. I have one more coming up before the end of the festival. Ah, how I wish I’d had the time to see more of the 14 French movies in the selection. Next year, next year… Come back soon, d’accord?

  5. I will absolutely be seeing this one!! It is fun talking to people in line, isn’t it? I’ve heard some crazy stories from total strangers!

    • I would have thought so too, but the “s” is pronounced in the movie, so I went for that version of the name.

      Interestingly, after doing some research online, it seems both pronunciations are acceptable. The Desqueyroux lived in the old Province of Gascony where pronunciation of some names may differ.

      I hope this helps.

  6. You are just a fine critique, Véronique! I LOVE the reality that French movies, at least the ones I know and love from the past depict. The reality I mean, by showing the darker sides of life and how these lives don’t always have a happy ending. I also tend to enjoy the slower development of the story, as French movies tend to show in style! This is fun, to see how well YOU present the story line of a movie, since so many of us love the cinéma! And by the way, I prefer these old-fashion movie houses ANY DAY to the boxes we have strewn all over malls, with their loud and bright lights!


    • Merci beaucoup chère Anita! You will certainly enjoy Thérèse as it shows the darker sides of life in detail — even if it is sometimes difficult to understand how she could be so unhappy in a life of absolute leisure. Maybe what Thérèse really needed was a job, or at the very least, a project of her own (don’t we all?) 🙂

  7. I think I will go Veronique, two out of three on the first list works pour moi 🙂 Haha! I enjoyed your ‘queue chat’, talking to random people can sometimes be so much fun, and then sometimes not so much 🙂

    • Two out of three ain’t bad, Grace 🙂 I am lucky most of my interactions with movie patrons have been pleasant so far– with the exception of that woman, sitting behind me, who got all miffed because I had left my camera on in the darkness to take that shot inside the movie theater 🙂 There is always a crabby one, right?

  8. Sorry – I have been too long absent… I now reviewed your latest posts, all related to cinema. I saw this one about Thérèse. I much appreciated your very neutral way of giving your “critics”. I would do the same! 🙂

    • No apology needed my dear Peter. I know you have been quite the traveling man lately, and who could blame you? One needs to travel sometimes to find the sun (as I very well know…) Welcome back chez French Girl in Seattle. Loved your last piece about Guimard.

      I am glad you enjoy my movie reviews. I don’t believe in over-praising a movie, and I don’t believe in over-killing it either. After all, to each his own, and there is always something people will enjoy in any movie. Or maybe I have been lucky I have not yet seen a VERY BAD movie at the Festival! 🙂

  9. Audrey Tautou, la seule actrice française actuelle que j’adore!Fraîche, unique , originale ,talentueuse et si jolie!
    Quant au film , il fait partie de ces 1% de films français qui sont tres bien, ces quelques perles rares qui nous font encore honneur. MAis hélas, claude Miller n’est plus là, ni Claude Chabrol, ni certains autres , et je ne vois pas la relève arriver..

    • Ah, tu vois. Je savais bien que tu n’étais pas allergique au cinéma français! C’est vrai qu’elle n’est pas mal, la petite Tautou. C’est effectivement un beau film, mais il n’est pas pour tout le monde, ce que j’ai essayé d’expliquer dans le texte.

      Ah, oui, une anecdote assez sympa: J’étais en train d’attendre devant un cinema du Festival avec quelques amis et élèves samedi soir, et nous parlions en français. Une dame devant nous, qui tenait un iPad, s’est retournée, et m’a dit: “Vous êtes French Girl in Seattle? J’étais justement en train de lire votre blog…” — Rires de mes étudiants qui m’ont bien vannée ensuite. Bref, on dirait que c’est le début de la célébrité ma chère Marie. Je me demande si je n’arriverai pas rue du Malonat en limousine finalement, en juillet prochain… 🙂


    • Prend la bien étanche , la limousine, parce que figure toi qu’il pleut encore à seaux!! Là , ça devient un peu inquietant, car des trombes d’eau en juin,ici, comme ça, jamais vu..
      C’est sympa de devenir célebre! enfin, je suppose… Merci pour l’adresse du casting, ma fille a déjà sauté dessus! :o)A defaut de devenir star moi-même..
      Allez, bisous pluvieux!

    • Mais qu’est-ce-que c’est que ces salades? De la pluie à Nice, en juin? Bon, il va falloir qu’Estrosi fasse quelque chose et pronto. Non mais.

      Célèbre, célèbre, n’exagérons rien! 🙂 Je garde la tête froide… tant que je n’aurai pas interviewé Bradley Cooper, c’est promis! Bonne chance à ta fille pour les auditions. Woody – qui n’a pas gardé la tête froide, lui – a des exigences de star, dis-moi!


  10. It’s French and Audrey is in it. Enough reasons to see it Veronique!
    Those people in the queue sounded a bit “up themselves” to me. I recall Capitol Hill as being elegant, expensive and pretentious. I rest my case!

    • Bonjour Craig. You are right about Capitol Hill, at least about parts of it. There is also a very edgy vibe in some sections of the neighborhood. I had heard that story before. I guess Seattleites consider themselves “Blue Blood” while shiny Bellevue across the lake is more “nouveau riche…” — I can’t say that they are entirely wrong. 🙂 Fortunately, I lead a provincial life in the boonies (à la Thérèse D.) so I do not have to take sides. If given a choice, I, too, would pick Seattle. A city girl remains a city girl, even if some neighbors are snooty. 🙂

      Enjoy the movie!

  11. I have to see this film!!!! Once again you have taken me back in time to my student days when I wrote a dissertation – an analysis of love and relationships in the works of Mauriac! Of course Thérèse Desqueroux featured quite heavily. I have shelves of French novels which I keep meaning to reread and I know that would be good for my French too.
    PS Thanks for your wonderful comment on my guest post over at Rosemary’s and you are absolutley correct – I do have a sweet tooth!

  12. Audrey has on her mean Coco Chanel face in this one…hmmm
    Trop foe pour moi me thinks though I did go and watch the trailer again
    I can see having to watch this on AirFrance while they feed you ravioli a from New Jersey.
    Sheer torture!

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French Girl returns to the 1960’s with “Populaire” (Seattle International Film Festival, part II)

French Girl returns to the 1960’s with “Populaire” (Seattle International Film Festival, part II)

Bonjour les amis, French Girl in Seattle here, reporting from the Seattle International Film Festival. In Populaire, a debut feature from writer-director Regis Roinsard, Mad Men meets les Parapluies de Cherbourg (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,) meets My Fair Lady. Set in 1958 France, the romantic comedy tells the rags-to-riches story of 21-year old Rose Pamphyle (Déborah François),…

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  1. With “Haute cuisine” and “populaire”, it will be fun to finally watch good french movies. Maybe there will be more of them. I cannot wait. I might even have to go eat some french food afterwards.

  2. Ah, the 60’s, I remember them well and learning to type when I was 16. Looks like a delightful, fun and nostalgic movie and set in Paris, how can you go wrong? Your review is excellent, you have a new career!

    • Bonjour Cherie. I, too, learned to type a long time ago (I used to hate those big, clunky keys.) Like everything else I did in life, it came in handy later when I started using computers… And thank you for the vote of confidence. This has been a fun experience so far. 🙂

  3. I may not like sweets after dinner, but I’m all for a bit of light and fluffy confection at the cinema. As opposed to a fattening dessert, I always feel lighter and fluffier when I leave the theater. There’s nothing like an old-fashioned (even when new) romantic romp in a beautiful setting to renew one’s love affair with life.

    P.S.: I miss the 60s. They were so much fun.

    You clearly have a gift for reviewing movies. Brilliant, ma chère.

    Gros bisous, M-T

    • Light and fluffy this one is, M-T. No deep message there. Très reposant et amusant. Don’t miss it!

      PS: I was born in the 60s so don’t remember them that well, but my best years were in the 70s… To each his own. 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words. Movie reviewing is an interesting exercise. You want to say a lot, especially if you loved the movie, but you can’t reveal details in the plot… Difficile…


    • Ah, yes, that’s the trick. Pas évident. Leaves you on the horns of a dilemma, n’est-ce pas? But, ceci dit, you acquit yourself beautifully.

  4. I will check to see the UK release date Veronique – it looks right up my street (or should that be boulevard?)
    Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Joker! (a cause de R.D…)
    Par contre , je ne sais pourquoi mais ta page m’arrive en français traduite par google , et le texte est à mourir de rire (ou pas..)
    Pluie torrentielle hier soir, ce matin plein soleil… Le climat de ton sejour se jouera à quitte ou double, previsions impossibles!
    Trop super, ton nouveau collier , hein?! :o)
    Gros bisous!

    • Hello Marie. Oui, le traducteur Google est une vraie catastrophe. Ma mère l’a essayé, la pauvre et a du abandonner…

      J’ai pensé à toi en écrivant ma modeste critique de ce film. Ton acteur préféré: Romain Duris. 🙂

      Mon nouveau collier est magnifique. Le clou de ma collection. Mon mari n’était pas trop dans les bijoux (au moins pour moi 🙂 alors je fais ce que je peux pour compenser…

      Pour la météo, pas de problème, je prends Nice même avec la pluie. Ce sera quand même mieux que ma cambrousse de Seattle…


  6. This one sounds like a lot of fun Veronique and I’m a big fan of Romain Duris. I was very fast when I was a secretary but couldn’t have coped with the pressure haha! Will have to watch out for this one, I enjoyed the trailer..merci beaucoup Madam Critic 🙂

  7. A great review/ report Veronique. I’m a huge fan of Romain Duris and this movie sounds as if it won’t disappoint. It reminds me of the old mid-day movies I used to occasionally watch during the my school holidays as a treat. … Gigi, My Fair Lady, Doris Day…………..Thank you

    • Merci beaucoup Elizabeth. You are right: I remember thinking about the old Doris Day movies when I watched the movie… Don’t miss it. You will spend a very pleasant moment with our friend Romain Duris, who plays his part with a permanent scowl – and a twinkle in his eye! 🙂

  8. I HAVE TO SEE THIS MOVIE!! And yes, that statement required all caps because I’m freaking out by your review and the trailer. I want to jump inside the movie and live there. 🙂

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41 Responses to French Girl turns movie critic at the Seattle International Film Festival (part I)

  1. I can’t wait to see this … somehow I have missed it… and I am so looking forward to it…
    Enjoy the films, Veronique… and have a wonderful weekend… xv

  2. tres fabulous, Veronique. Lucky me, to live and Seattle and have YOU to guide me to the right films! I love the SIFF, but it can be overwhelming if you don’t have time to do your research. Merci et bon weekend! xo, ebh

  3. je n’ai jamais entendu parler de ce festival du film!!Trop super d’avoir été invitée comme jurée, le rêve!Et donc, il y a des equipes françaises de films qui sont là?.. tu as pu en rencontrer?..Tu en dis trop ou pas assez , j’attend la suite avec impatience! En tous cas , tu dois te regaler! Profite bien de cette belle occasion!

    • Merci Malyss. Oui, il y a des équipes de film présentes en théorie, mais pas pour tous les films, et j’ai découvert tout ça un peu tard cette année (mais je me rattraperai l’année prochaine…) Il y a par exemple le film “Je me suis fait tout petit” et la réalisatrice, Cécilia Rouaud, sera là pendant 48 heures. Les interviews, ça m’intimide un peu quand même, mais avec un peu de pratique… 🙂

    • Quand tu en auras vu un peu plus , j’aimerais bien savoir comment les Americains reçoivent et perçoivent les films français?..Même enthousiasme que pour les blogs sur Paris? recherche des clichés? interet plus historique? (Angelique-ben oui, finalement c’est terriblement français!)J’adore les films de cape et d’épée de cette époque, avec Gerard Barray! )

    • Ah, Gérard Barray. J’en ai passé, des bons dimanche après-midi en sa compagnie… 🙂 Jean Marais, Gerard Philippe, aussi…

      Les critiques des films français présentés jusqu’ici sont plutôt bonnes. Malheureusement, c’est l’accès aux films par le grand public qui est un vrai problème. Ils ne sont pas distribués dans tous le pays. Quelques mois plus tard, on peut y accéder par des services de location sur Internet (comme Netflix par exemple.) Il y a un grand producteur Hollywoodien, Harvey Weinstein, qui distribue depuis plusieurs années de nombreux films français. Il était notamment derrière l’excellent film “l’Artiste,” avec Dujardin et Bejo. C’est lui qui distribue et pousse “Haute Cuisine.” Si un type comme Weinstein est convaincu que les films français peuvent être rentables aux USA (malgré les sous-titres qui limitent la grande diffusion,) alors c’est une bonne nouvelle pour le cinéma français. Dans le passé, ils avaient plutôt tendance à faire de [mauvais] remakes des films étrangers, ce qui gachaît tout.

  4. Dearest Véronique,
    Lucky you for being chosen as a French movie critic. You will fit that role very well. I would have to pass as with our life style and juggling several languages we lack(ed) the time to watch movies. Next life I guess…? Our preference always has been historic movies like e.g. Angélique (yes, I do have that in French and LOVE it…).
    Enjoy your weekend.

    • Bonjour Mariette. Well, I don’t know if I was chosen as movie critic, but I am grateful for the opportunity to see the movies before they are released in the United States 🙂 Ah, Angelique. A classic. I recently saw the first movie in the series on TV5. Michelle Mercier… Beautiful!

  5. This movie sounds perfect – I love all about France and food and cooking. I can’t wait to see the film here in Germany (which might be not so soon, I fear)
    Have a nice weekend, bisous, Monika

  6. Lucky you to get a press pass and see all these wonderful films – like you I love the cinema and this film sounds a real gem….I wish the Cannes festival had greater access to the ordinary public…although quite a lot of the films are already showing in Nice….enjoy reviewing….

    • I would expect the Festival de Cannes to be a lot more exclusive than the SIFF. It’s really not that difficult to see movies here. Time (and distance) are bigger problems to me than access. Enjoy this year’s selection in Nice…

  7. IL FAUT LE REGARDER, CE FILM! Oh Véronique, I have a huge collection of French films and this one is a must-see! What a fantastic opportunity for YOU to be a part of this artistic collaboration! You have now given me another movie to search for and watch on these cold nights we are having! BON WEEKEND! Anita

    • Bonjour Anita. This movie will definitely warm you up on cold nights and will make you laugh… well, with the exception of the scenes shot at the French Antarctic mission 🙂 They were not my favorites and slowed down the general pace of the story, I thought. But the [flashback] Paris scenes alone are worth the cost of admission! Let me know what you think when you see it, ok?

  8. What a delicious, and fun movie, and now a must see for me! Thank you for posting this Veronique. 🙂 And i for one think you would do very well as a full time film critic!

  9. Lucky you! What a great invitation and in old style theatres too. I remember from my post about our local cinema that you love these traditional ones. I shall have to buy this on DVD as your review has definitely sold it to me. It sounds like an easy to watch, entertaining film. I look forward to more of your reviews!

  10. How fun to be a critique at the festival! Enjoy! I’m looking forward to your reviews. Haute Cuisine looks great – a film about France and food?! Sounds fantastique!

  11. I am reminded of one of my very favorite films, “Le Festin de Babette.” Every time I watch it I am dissolved in tears at the end. It has my favorite ingredients: haute cuisine and opera. Could this new movie become one of my favorite delectations, as well? I can’t wait to see it.

    Merci beaucoup ma chère Véro,

    Big bisous, M-T

    • Ok M-T. This [budding] movie critic will be honest: This ain’t “Le Festin de Babette,” not quite the same category if you will, but still, good, enjoyable, popular cinema (minus the opera…) Let me know what you thought. Bisous.

  12. I love the press card Veronique 🙂 licence to watch loads of foreign movies and in lovely old movie theatres, bliss! I saw Haute Cuisine a few weeks ago with my sister, we both enjoyed it very never ceases to amaze me the dedication the French nation has for food, inspiring!

    • Licence yes, but it is the time I don’t have. I will be much more organized next year, definitely. 🙂 It is hard to get organized when you are a single mom… and the kid always comes first. But as I said above, I have a great network of friends who help out whenever they can. And I am lucky for that.

      On another note, so glad you were able to catch the movie in your corner of the world. It seems destined for a successful (and well deserved) international career. A bientôt, Grace.

    • Merci de votre commentaire! Ce billet date en effet de plusieurs années. Il vient d’être re-publié par erreur lors de la préparation du nouveau site de French Girl in Seattle, qui sera lancé dans quelques semaines. Avec toutes mes excuses!

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67 Responses to To Catch a Thief: French Girl in Seattle’s tribute to cinema

  1. Oh the glamour of it all. Why didn’t those two have children together – can you imagine hoe beautiful they would have been?
    I think that you were born too late Veronique… at your peak in the 50’s would have been perfect!

  2. Have i seen it? You ask.. Veronique. Why yes. Yes indeed i have.. at least a dozen times, maybe a couple more. And i’ll never, ever have enough. Cary and Grace! One of the handsomest men in the Universe ever, and one of the most beautiful women. I think only Catherine Deneuve is more gorgeous, at least to me. And that magnificent blue chiffon gown? Gawd! Breathtaking. Now i think i need to watch the movie some night this week, with a delicious glass of champagne. Thank you for this post. And i shouldn’t admit it, but i love the intrigue of the jewel theft this weekend. I do hope, though, that the thief is apprehended pronto! 🙂

    PS.. i love your last photo of the dogs. I hope you’re having a great.. if chilly.. weekend!

  3. My, Grace Kelly is pure style . . . fads may come and go, but style is forever.
    Very interesting post:)
    Have a lovely day . . . here’s wishing you a week full of sunny days.
    Connie 🙂

    • Bonjour Connie. Coco Chanel would have agreed with you. In fact she did leave behind a few memorable quotes about style… I wonder if she ever met Grace Kelly? Thank you for stopping by and happy weekend to you too!

  4. I have seen that movie so many times. I am always blown away by the elegance. Nobody looks that good any more. That was everyday glamour.

    Thanks for the wonderful reminder 🙂

    • Bonjour Dianne. How wonderful to meet you, thanks to Anita!
      I agree with you: Everyday elegance is harder to come by. And I live in the “laid back” Pacific Northwest so let me tell you, there are days when I think I will never see true elegance again. Granted it is harder to pull off when wearing a fleece-based wardrobe 🙂 All joking aside, I hope you have a grand time in France next week!

  5. WOW.

    Véro, you have captured a mesmerizing moment in this party for MOI! Like you, I have seen this well over 20 times! My husband always pulls it out from out collection as a favorite to watch on just the right weekend night.

    You are so right; the chemistry between the actors, the QUICK WIT (I love the scene when the two women meet in the water when Grant says, “It looks like my car went missing” and Kelley says, “No it hasn’t, it’s just become amphibious!” Then she says to the French girl, “OLD? Anything over 20 would look old to a mere child.” Then the smart French girl says, “CHILD? WOULD YOU LIKE TO STAND IN SHALLOWER WATERS AND DISCUSS THAT!” I tell you, that is SMART!

    Your photos, the way you introduce this story…..UN COUP DE GÉNIE!!!!!!!!!

    I am coming back for MORE! LOVE IT! Anita

    • Dear Anita. I love your enthusiasm. So happy you, too, can quote the movie 🙂

      At least now, with this brand-new story, I feel I have paid tribute to your wonderful France-themed party; the French Riviera; and my beloved movies…

  6. OH! Et je voudrais faire un commentaire à propos de ton commentaire chez moi….je t’embrasse ma chère, et je souhaite une vie pleine de grâce et de paix…tu es en train d’eprouver quelque chose très difficile, mais n’oublies jamais que tu as des amies qui t’aiment fort….Anita

    • Merci Elizabeth. Poor Maison Chopard indeed. 😉 It could have been worse: They still get to approach the movie stars at the Festival when they “accessorize” them before they step on the red carpet. And they are in Cannes, for crying out loud. Even with the rain, it’s still the French Riviera! 🙂

      Merci for your visit. Come back soon, ok?

  7. Dear Véronique,

    First things first, I am charmed to meet you and I have found this post to be truly fascinating and beautifully put together. Yes indeed, I have seen this film and agree with some of the comments above: the elegance and ‘classe’ of these talented actors is hard to beat.

    Thank you for taking the time to share this with us. A little interesting fact, I believe is that my cousin lives in Nice and has told me on several occasions that the month of May is often particularly rainy on the Côte d’Azur.

    Warmest wishes from your most recent follower,


    • What a lovely name for a blog, Stephanie. Le Millefeuille happens to be my favorite French pastry 🙂

      I will ask my friend Malyss (another blogger,) if she confirms your cousin’s theory on Nice weather in the month of May (i had personally heard it about March, not May, but you never know…) — A bientôt

    • Bonjour Nana. You lucky birds: There is no Deuche in my neighborhood, that’s for sure! And limey green to boot! Wow!

      I will go and pay your friend Hélène a visit, c’est promis. Thank you for stopping by!

  8. How can you think of the south of France and NOT think of Grace Kelly? It was so much fun to see these photos. So romantic. By the way, I have long had a crush on Daniel Auteil. Crazy, I know, but I think he is so cute.

    • Hey, I like Daniel Auteuil too. He can be quite charming, and what a fantastic actor. He can do it all, comedy or drama. Definitely one of France’s finest. He was so cute on all the pics of the Festival Opening day. You could tell he was smitten with co-jury Nicole Kidman even though she towered above him! 🙂

  9. I think Grace Kelly (or Cary Grant, for that matter) would look far better in the stolen jewels than ANY of those “celebrities”! Hmmm, think I will rent the movie, it’s been years since I’ve seen it. That was fun!

    • I would have to agree with you Jeri. The jewels don’t make the star. I saw Helen Mirren try on some Chopard jewels for the Festival the other day. She looked amazing in them, very regal. But that’s Helen Mirren! 🙂

  10. Bonjour Veronique. Lovely post. I must admit I have not seen the movie but I will definitely do so now that I realize it was shot on location in the South of France. I also had never heard the story about how Grace Kelly met Prince Rainier. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Oui! I have seen this movie many times. It is still a favorite. As you say ~ a perfect pair with Grant and Kelly. The cute image of the two dogs is adorable. The driver looks like our Sadie girl, except she is not as dark. 😉

  12. The To Catch A Thief movie is truly glamorous with the perfect setting in the French Riviera. Princess Diana and Princess Grace were truly elegant and naturally beautiful women. We miss them. It must be a fabulous experience to be in Cannes during the Film Festival, the most glamorous Film Festival in the World.

    • Yes, it must be, except this year, most “festivaliers” look like wet rags when they go up the famous stairs — because of the rain. I even heard that most movie rooms where the movies in competition are playing smell suspiciously like a wet dog! 🙂

  13. Nice post of Cannes. We are very excited here, after many, many years a Dutch movie is in the race for a Golden Palm. The movie “Borgman” was shown last Sunday and the Press in Cannes was very enthousiastic! Keep our fingers crossed!

  14. Oui, vu et revu, et toujours avec plaisir!
    tu devrais faire un post sur les films tournés dans la region, de “Sans mobile apparent” à “Ronin”, de James Bond à Hercule Poirot, tu aurais de quoi faire..
    Aujourd’hui la pluie a enfin cessé, le …vent l’a chassée!:o)
    Les parasols vont voler sur la Croisette!!
    A bientôt,
    je t’embrasse.

    • Vous avez “la scoumoune” côté météo cette année. C’est drôle, à Seattle, les choses sont un peu plus calmes, une fois n’est pas coutume…

      Une excellente suggestion que tu me fais-là, dis-moi. Evidemment, ce sera plus difficile de “faire rêver” dans les chaumières avec les photos de Ronin, mais on peut essayer… A suivre.

      Bonne semaine, et gare au vent. Mort par parasol, ça peut être douloureux 🙂

    • De Niro et Sean Bean, moi ça me fait rêver! :o) mais bon, toi tu peux te concentrer sur les James Bond tournés ici, il te sera beaucoup pardonné!..

  15. Bonjour! Great post and such nice pictures! I love keeping up with the glamour of Cannes past and present. Can’t wait to see some of the big premieres at the cinema this year!

  16. Lovely to discover your blog, via Anita’s party.
    Thank you for sharing a fabulous post – I love the movie and Grace Kelly always was so elegant and beautiful.

    Happy week

  17. Five days of rain in Cannes – looks like they are ‘enjoying’ some British weather for a change!! You have now convinced me to watch ‘To Catch a Thief’ again. I haven’t seen it for years and as for Grace Kelly, I have always admired her style and elegance. Somehow she has a very ‘modern’ look, a beauty which is timeless and many of her outfits wouldn’t look out of place today.
    PS I thoroughly enjoyed your list ‘Telltale signs you live in Paris’ which certainly made me smile.

    • No kidding! True English/Seattle weather on the Riviera these days. What gives?

      Reading all the comments here I wonder: Is there a single person who does not like Grace Kelly or at least her sense of style and natural elegance? 🙂

  18. Veronique, you have captured the true feeling of the Riviera in this post! It is the only part of France I have visited, but this took me back! This party is such fun and I’m truly happy to meet you!

  19. To Catch A Thief is definitely a favourite Veronique. Grace Kelly was a true beauty. Oh la! Seeing your beautiful black pussy cat made me miss my little Syd even more 🙁

  20. To Catch a Thief is really one of my favorites, Cannes can not be beat. I had an emergency while I was in NY and just got my french post up today. I loved this post.

  21. Hello French Girl, I’m just south of you…Eugene. Often in Portland. And Paris as often as possible. I LOVE that movie and you remind me that it’s been way too long since I’ve seen it. Grace Kelly is like none other.
    And I often try to post French news on my blog. Where do you get yours?
    So happy to finally meet you thanks to Anita! Will be back for more!
    Bisous, Kirsten

    • Bonjour Kirsten de Eugene, Or. So happy to welcome you here.

      I get my French news from TV5 (the TV channel I subscribe to,) and a variety of French and American websites I find browsing online. What would we do without the Internet? — Write books instead of blogging (maybe) 🙂

      A bientôt.

  22. Gosh, are you looking forward to the new Grace Kelly film with Nicole? I am but feel a bit apprehensive about the lead role. We’ll just have to wait and see, won’t we? 🙂

    • I guess so. When I heard of the movie, I thought the casting was interesting. I don’t see much resemblance between Grace Kelly and Nicole Kidman. Then again, how do you cast an actress to play such an icon? Impossible mission…

  23. Darling Grace…did anyone ever move as beautifully or look as regal as Grace Kelly? She was born to be a Princess. As you know, we were both Philadelphia girls, although our destinies diverged greatly. You do remember my story about “almost” meeting her, don’t you?

    Beautiful post comme d’hab.

    Gros bisous, M-T

  24. I have never seen those photos of Grace Kelly in that amazing dress with Prince Ranier. She looks amazing. Cannes is a very
    cool place and the Riviera buzzes with chic and excitement. Lovely to be reminded of that. Thanks to Anita for introducing us all to one another… love what you say about comments too…. they have introduced me to so many people!

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Magnificent Scarlett O’Hara

Magnificent Scarlett O’Hara

I met Scarlett O’Hara when I was eleven, or twelve. My Dad and I sat together through the 4-hour movie (and the 30 minute intermission.) Life was never quite the same after that. Merci, papa. I fell in love with her, Atlanta and the American South, where I later spent a year as an international student, thanks to a full…

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  1. At least I find someone who also loves Scarlett!”the girl you’ll love to hate”! No, that girl is a diamond! What were women supposed to do in those times : to get married, have children, getting old in a devoted life. She won’t! She wants to remain young, beautiful , rich and free.She has dreams ! She does not want to become a mother, which is her first sin versus society.. When she does, she’ not a good mother, knows it , but doesn’t care!As well as she does not care of what other women think about her.She knows what she wants, and is ready to everything to get it and to keep it!The opposite of the 1860ies average woman!
    And Melanie?! “she’s the only dream I had that did not die in the face of reality”Ashley says. Maybe that’s what we could say about Scarlett…
    I could spend hours talking about Scarlett, but ,well.. tomorrow is an other day! :o))

    • A diamond in the rough, I agree, Malyss. Scarlett’s greatest strength, on top of her incredible determination, is her total disregard for what people think about her. There is so much power in that! And yet so few people are capable are doing it.

      You wrote a beautiful tribute to our Scarlett, thank you: “The only dream I had that did not die in the face of reality.” 🙂

      Oh, and you and I will get to chat some more about our favorite Southern Belle, in a few months, in Nice… That’s a promise.

  2. Oh! Il y a longtemps que je n’étais pas venue te visiter !! Comment ai-je pu laisser faire ça !!…
    Aujourd’hui je suis heureuse de te lire et d’admirer ton idole… J’avais beaucoup aimé également ce merveilleux film. Je crois que nous étions plus sensible à notre époque que ne le sont mes enfants. Les romans à l’eau de rose berçaient nos rêves…
    Un grand merci pour ce délicieux moment, maintenant je vais débuter ma journée agréablement…
    Gros bisous à toi.

  3. i was not much older than you when i read Gone with the Wind. i remember finishing it and then starting it again. and then i rented the movie. i was hooked. it’s been a while since i’ve watched it..maybe it’s time. maybe this weekend with my 15 year old daughter. love this post!! 🙂

    • Bonjour Pam. I had to go and dig out my anniversary edition of the movie, and I think I will read the book once again this summer. It has been way too long… and there is so much to learn from Scarlett o’Hara, even today.

    • You’re welcome, Claire-Louise. Yes, Vivien Leigh was beautiful, probably one of the most gorgeous women to ever grace the silver screen. It is interesting because if you recall, in the original novel Scarlett is not described as classically beautiful. Yet Margaret Mitchell makes the point that there was something about her, a charisma that drew everyone’s attention.

  4. What a lovely, nostalgic post! You so often take me back in time. I think you have convinced me to watch Gone with the Wind again and you are absolutely right – there’s more to this lady than glamorous dresses (and she even makes a green curtain look stylish!) She’s such a feisty character and it’s definitely one of the most memorable movie endings ever.
    PS In my blog post last week I mentioned a book which I’m sure you would enjoy as it’s about the origin of English phrases – informative and entertaining too.

    • Ha. You are right, Carol. Scarlett was the daughter of Ellen Robillard, a French-American genteel woman from the city of Charleston… I always thought Scarlett and I would have gotten along beautifully… well… if she had finally accepted to trust another woman, that is…

  5. Oh I’m so glad you loved the movie as much as I did. I saw it many times and had the LP record of the soundtrack that I almost wore out.

    Did I ever tell you that I heard Olivia de Havilland read the scripture at the American Cathedral in Paris a few years ago? Still fabulous and still had that wonderful deep voice!

    Wonderful post my dear,

    • That soundtrack is a classic in its own right. I would recognize the GWTW theme anywhere. Like I said in the post, I still get goosebumps when watching some of the scenes.

      I know Olivia de Havilland has lived in Paris for a long time, or at least lived there for many years. She always was a classy lady, “à la” Melanie Wilkes. How old can she be now? In her mid-90s at least…

      Thank you for stopping by.

  6. Loved reading this post! As a Southern Belle raised in Atlanta, Gone with the Wind is required reading from birth. I have loved Scarlett since I was very young. I loved her so much that when my husband and I were planning our wedding he had no choice but to accept that we were to be married in front of the Plantation house that was Margaret Mitchell’s inspiration for Tara and the young woman who use to live there, Scarlett. I passed that house every Sunday on our way to church and knew from the time I was 16 I would be married in front of it. Explaining to our minister why I was getting married there instead of the church though took all my Scarlett moxie, but I did it. In the end, it was so fun watching all my husband’s family from Canada (he’s from Canada) fall in love with the surroundings because they too loved the movie. I think that was the first time I realized just how far reaching Mitchell’s story had touched people. And don’t get me started on my love for Margaret Mitchell, talk about a Southern belle rebel!!! Love, love, love her!

    • All rebellious women are to be loved, admired, and respected, especially if they lived at the time of Scarlett or Margaret Mitchell.

      What a wonderful story, Jeri. Thank you for sharing it here. I am glad you stood your ground while planning your wedding. Scarlett would have been proud 🙂

      I lived in Atlanta for over a year and returned often. Somehow, I never made it to the plantation house that inspired Tara. Now I have another reason to go back!

  7. Wow this post gave me goosebumps! Such a beautiful, strong tribute to one of cinema’s first Mean Girls! What I love about Scarlett the most is written so eloquently here. She really did represent a very realistic portrayal of a woman. We’re not all sweet. We don’t all get along with other girls. We’re competitive and bitchy and cruel sometimes, just because it’s our way of dealing with our inner demons, no matter what they be. Especially when we’re young.

    This movie has it all: melodrama, glamour, beauty, fashion, witty quotes. Hollywood will never be able to top it.

    Love this post!

  8. She was a favorite of mine growing up. Then in my 20s, i sort of secretly liked her though i’d begun to think of her as empty headed and spoiled. (Because that’s what i was supposed to think.) 🙂 But what sixteen year old girl isn’t a little.. (or more than a little,) self absorbed and.. fashion conscious? She grew up through harder times than most of us had to deal with. She wore a dress made out of drapes, for goodness’ sake! lol. And though she’s a fictional character, i’m sure there were plenty of young women like her at that time, so she’s very realistic. I’m also sure she ended up with Rhett in the end. After all, as she says ‘tomorrow IS another day!’

    • All I need to know about that girl is that she survived four years of a brutal war with hardly any man around; running a gigantic estate, and taking care of a bunch of people some of whom weren’t even grateful to her. I suppose she would have been expected to do it all with a smile and always keeping her cool? Scarlett rules in my book. Always has, always will.

    • This movie was on TCM a couple of weeks ago, and i meant to watch, but forgot it was on. I saw it for the first time with my best friend and our mothers when i was 11. I couldn’t stop thinking about Scarlett. And i adored Mammy’s character. I’m glad you posted this. I’ve been thinking about the book and the movie off and on all day in a way i haven’t thought about it in years. Then when i was in college, i remember mentioning this movie to a friend, and said how much i like it. And this friend responded that the only reason that world existed.. the world of plantations, beautiful clothes and parties, was because of slavery. And we (as Americans,) should be ashamed of it. I’d never thought of it that way. Slavery was horrible, i know that. Now i’ve come full circle. The movie and book are both beautiful. The characters are realistic for their time. Margaret Mitchell knew exactly what she was talking about. And Scarlett may have begun as a girl as spoiled and self absorbed, but when the movie ended, she was (for the most part, anyway,) a strong, able, intelligent heroine who learned how to love and be a genuinely good woman. I just wish she’d realized her love for Rhett a little sooner. 🙂 One of my favorite scenes is when she sees Ashley by Melanie’s deathbed and realizes that he really loved Melanie and not her, and she goes after Rhett. If only… Phew, after all this talk about it, i want to watch the movie again. Maybe tomorrow night. With popcorn. It’s around here somewhere. I just have to find the DVD. (And i apologize for writing a book here.)….

    • Loved to hear your thoughts about the book and movie, Mary. Your college friend’s comment reminded me that GWTW has long been considered racist and sexist. I can see why I guess. I spent a great deal of time studying the Civil War period as an American Studies major in college, and I am fascinated with the way the “Old South” and “the New South” are pictured in the book (Scarlett and Rhett representing the New South, probably.) There is a lot to learn from that great story. In fact, just like you, I will have to watch my favorite movie again very soon 🙂 Bon weekend to you!

  9. Love this, Veronique!

    When asked about her all time favorite books, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, as a lifelong bibliophile, wonderful writer herself, and a Doubleday editor for 20 years listed three: Gone With the Wind, Out of Africa, and Wide Sargasso Sea.

    When I lived in Montecito…my daily 6 mile loop through the hills delivered me to San Ysidro Ranch at the mid-way point. I loved to be there for the gorgeous gardens, Old Hollywood Ghosts, and love stories rooted there. JFK and Jackie spent part of their wedding trip and Vivien Leigh and Lawrence Olivier married there.

    Here she is accepting her Oscar for GWTW. So gracious.

    Thank you for that inspiring piece.

    • Bonjour Suzanne. Jackie Kennedy had excellent taste, but we knew that already. She, too, could have told a story or two about courage, determination and resiliency in the face of adversity…

      Thank you for the wonderful stories of the CA coast, and the video! Love it!

  10. One of my favorite hairdresser, Ruby Felker, worked on “Gone with the wind”. Ben Nye senior, Paul Stanhope and Monty Westmore were make-up artists/hairdressers I have worked with along the years. All are dead of course, Monty in 2007. The movie was shot in Culver City, California. It was before unions and the movie’s working hours were so horrendous that cast and crew decided that it would be nice to have a union representing them. I had heard stories (not very glamorous ones). If people only knew.
    I have personally fell in love with Charlie Chaplin. DVDs of his work will be coming out pretty soon. What a talented gentleman. I love all his work but “Limelight” touched me deeply.

  11. I recall reading that an interviewer asked Olivia de Havilland how she felt about playing second fiddle to Vivien Leigh in that film. She smiled, and answered “Women wanted to be Scarlett, but they named their daughters Melanie.” A class act!

    • A class act indeed, and I believe De Havilland was right.

      Melanie may not be as charismatic or as strong as Scarlett, but she is resilient in her own way, and what a faithful, dedicated friend she makes. Any woman would be lucky to call her “my best friend…” — Too bad Scarlett learned that lesson too late.

  12. Dearest Véronique,
    That is a LOVELY post about THE SOULD OF THE SOUTH. A part of the world where you studied, where your Nouveau Monde Adventure started. Yes we love he antebellum part of this state, so charming in many ways. Thanks for posting and sharing this!
    Hugs to you,

  13. Hi Veronique. I enjoyed reading your take on this movie. It’s surely is a classic. I need to re-visit this movie soon. I love that last quote too “Frankly my dear,…” I was tired for him. LOL

    • Yes, Rhett must have been exhausted after living with Scarlett for that many years… Yet, he pursued her relentlessly. Some men think they want a strong woman, but in the end, can’t handle them… Poor Scarlett. If even Rhett can’t handle her, who will? Unfortunately, Margaret Mitchell chose not to answer the question… Dommage.

  14. Merci Veronique for re-telling the story of Scarlett. Gone With The Wind is one of the great movies. It’s nice to see the transformation of Scarlett from spoiled to s strong woman who can overcome her challenges. Very inspiring story. Have a good weekend.

    • I am getting my hands on the book again this weekend. I read GWTW in French several times; then later in English in Atlanta, while I was in college. Time to enjoy that beautiful story again methinks… 🙂

  15. A wonderful movie and your post reminds me of how many years it has been since I saw this movie. It is very interesting to hear about your history with and love for this movie, especially Scarlett O’Hara. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

  16. I’m late to the party on this terrific Post, ma chère Véro; however, not as fashionably late as Scarlett would have been. And my entrance is not nearly so glamorous.

    What a glorious, vainglorious, magnificent creature she was. I have always adored her, and the luminous Vivien Leigh will forever hold a special place in my heart because of that definitive portrayal.

    Although Hollywood auditioned every star in the firmament for the role, can you even imagine anyone else as Scarlett O’Hara?

    • No, my dear M-T, I can’t imagine anyone else as Scarlett. I found an old video clip on YouTube the other day. It showed part of the giant undertaking the casting of Scarlett o’Hara became. In the end, there were only three actresses left, Vivien Leigh (who was English and considered “the dark horse,”) Paulette Goddard and Joan Bennett. The other two were good enough, but as soon as Vivien Leigh appeared, there was no doubt who Scarlett was…

  17. What a great write up about the movie and the ever so famous Scarlett & Rhett

    That movie captured lots of us even my Grandmother who was born 1907, she liked it we always cried watching it, she felt sorry for the spoiled brat because it was so hard to get food, my grandmother always quoted Scarlett’s Famous words, As God As My Witness I’ll never go hungry again

    My youngest daughter loves the movie

    • Your grandmother sounds like mine, when she was still alive 🙂 Following WWII, she was determined not to go hungry again. We used to tease her for stocking up a ton of food in a big piece of furniture she kept in the living room… We shouldn’t have. People probably never forget experiencing poverty and hunger. Thank you for stopping by!

  18. Coucou Véronique,
    I have never read anything so beautifully written about “Gone with the Wind”. You have such a talent for writing… I am always amazed by your posts!
    Who wouldn’t fall for Scarlett (and Rhett!)? This was such a stunning movie, the kind of movie which coming generations will enjoy like we all did many years ago.
    Thanks for sharing with us your fabulous comments and these timeless scenes of the movie. Like you, I think one of the reasons why I now live in the US is to be found in this movie I saw when I was eight or ten and which has always remained vivid in my mind… De l’influence d’un film sur toute une vie…
    Anne Touraine (playing with Scarves)

    • Merci beaucoup Anne. How nice of you!

      What can I say: Scarlett (and Rhett) are such inspiring topics, don’t you think?

      I am betting this great movie has inspired many people around the world to get to know the US, and the South better… Well, at least it inspired both of us! 🙂

  19. What an interesting read. I love the movie, but I love the book more. I have read it three times and your post is making want to start reading it again. I love the fact that you received a Rotary scholarship. My husband is a Rotarian and they are a wonderful organization.
    I know that you an your husband are sailors and I just came over to visit and tell you about our new purchase. We just bought a small, older, fixer-upper wooden sailboat and we are so excited about getting started on working it over and getting it ready to sail. I know that you follow Steve’s blog and he will be posting the re-do, step by step until it is ready to sail. She is our 4th sailboat, and after selling our Catalina 25 about 6 years ago, we have been heart broken. This is a smaller boat and with make a great day sailor, or weekend camper. We are so excited and I had to share our excitement with someone else that loves to sail. Have a great day, and smooth sailing.
    Again, thanks for inspiring me to read Gone With The Wind, again.
    Your blogging sister, Connie 🙂

  20. Thank you so much for your visit today and as always your kind and thoughtful comment. I hope you will find the London Part 2 itinerary just as helpful!

  21. I love this post! Gone With the Wind is my all-time favorite movie, too. I was 15 when I first met Scarlett and I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve seen the movie since then! Ahh..I was so in love with Rhett! Like you, I never understood what she say in Ashley! lol Thanks for the great post.

  22. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve watched this movie Veronique, if I’m flicking around on Foxtel and it comes up, that’s where I stop.. The very beautiful Vivien Leigh was perfection in this role and as for Clark Gable oh la! I’m thinking this just may be the very original ‘chick flick’what do you think, I don’t know many men who would watch it as often as moi haha!

  23. Yours is the best synopsis of my favorite movie. I harbor a lot of guilt for loving GWTW. But, it was the first BIG book I read (in 6th grade) and then afterwards somehow I got to see the movie. It must have been running around the theaters still in the late 60s. Thank you for analyzing Scarlett (I was named after her daughter, Bonnie Blue) and for such great memories.

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For the love of cinema

For the love of cinema

This story was orginally published in 2012. It has been updated.  Bonjour les amis. Somewhere on the beautiful Côte d’Azur, in a glitzy old city named Cannes, one of the world’s most prestigious Film Festivals has just begun. What a perfect opportunity to talk about movies. I have fond memories of Sunday afternoons spent at the…

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  1. So much to enjoy in this lovely post, Véronique! I love the story about your exclamation during Bambi and how true that you can learn so much watching foreign language films – the culture and the everyday phrases not found in text books. I know how much French films improved my French. What a great song by Eddy Mitchell too. We are fortunate to have a small old-fashioned cinema about fifteen minutes away (we were there last night!) Everyone stands for the National Anthem before the film and they still have an interval with a lady selling ice cream from a traditional tray! I had thought about writing a post about it!

    • This neighborhood movie theater of yours sounds very interesting. Any theater with an “ouvreuse” selling ice cream and candy during the intermission is worth visiting in my book… as long as there is no popcorn. I hate the popcorn!

  2. J’adorais ces dernières séances! C’était une autre époque, souviens-toi: Les garçons en pull sans manches, la raie des cheveux bien marquée, les filles en tite jupe et socquettes blanches… Ah ces années là!…

  3. I miss the magic of the neighbourhood theatres of my childhood, with seats in the balcony and an intermission for drinks. Somehow the multiplexes seem soulless by comparison.
    Thanks for sharing your cinematic memories and congratulations on your 100th post.

    P.S. Is the dude in the blue shirt, Ronald Reagan?

  4. First of all, congratulations on your hundredth post! Very exciting! I am more of a book person than a movie person, perhaps because of my experiences in modern movie theaters, as you so aptly described!

  5. Oh, Veronique, this post made me laugh so many times. Your Bambi story is priceless! I know what you mean about big, stinky mega-plexes and just hate them. Have you been to the Majestic Bay theater in Ballard – smaller, old fashioned, and worth the trip – although they have the same popcorn as everyone else. Or the Big Picture in Ballard. They serve wine! Now that’s my kind of movie experience!

    Congrats on your 100th post! Bisous!

    • The Majestic Bay theater sounds like a great place, and I will look it up after I return from Europe this summer. We have a Big Picture theater here in Redmond. I love going there, and agree about drinking wine while watching the movie (sometimes it helps forget how bad the movie is… ) One peeve though: They still serve the horrible popcorn but they serve it in Champagne buckets. Classy! Ha!

  6. Elle est morte!!! Oh I’m laughing because when I was maybe 3 or 4, my mom took me to see Bambi ( most likely it’s first release) and I squalled so loud we had to leave. Great post V.

  7. Bonjour VS – I loved your blog today, funny, poignant and a little sad – nostalgia always makes me sad. The video was wonderful. I have fond memories also of seeing movies with my mother decades ago. Remember Oklahoma and Ryan’s Daughter? Incredibly when we went to Ireland in 2010, the tour guide pointed out le bois where Ryan’s daughter (don’t remember her name) and her soldier lover had their trysts, sigh. I miss seeing you – hope you are enjoying the great weather.

    • Bonjour Cherie. Of course I remember Oklahoma and Ryan’s Daughter. In fact, I am pretty sure “Monsieur Eddy” featured them in that great movie show of his back in the day! Hope to see you soon!

  8. Congratulations Veronique on your 100-th!
    This one is so touching and resonates deeply.
    I grew up in Moscow. American movies except westerns were a rarity but French and Italian were available and much loved. Belmondo, Philipe, Delon, Gabin, Jean Marais, Trentignan were icons of handsomeness.
    Bourvile, De Funes, Fernandele, Noiret were very popular. Fantomas series were our Harry Potter+ James Bond.
    Michelle Mercier was our pin girl, not to mention BB, Anouk Aimee, Deneuve, Girardot, Marina Vladi.
    And yes, I’m still nostalgic of those giant colossal hand painted posters which promised a glimpse into the other world. It was a miracle. It was time of Cinema not movies. Going to see The Movie was an event.
    Gerard Philipe and Bebel turned me into francophile when I was a pre-teen.
    A few special theaters offered retrospective screenings that’s were I enjoyed all the classics.
    Later I studied French theatre, drama and cinema. Moved to Canada…
    …And Bebel hasn’t lost his charm with growing old. He is great in Les Miserables.
    Thank you for bringing up sweet memories.

    • Thank you so much Natalie. I see I am dealing with a “connaisseuse” and love most of the artists you listed in your comment, bien sur. Ah, “Bebel”! What a smile he still has, that old charmer! “It was the time of Cinema, not movies,” how right you are. I keep wondering why it felt so special back then. Have we become so spoiled and blase about everything that we just tick “movies” off of our weekend to-do list? It sure felt different then. Thank you for your kind comment. It is very much appreciated, as always.

  9. Love this post! And you are absolutely correct about the ginormous (and yucky) movie theater complexes here. My husband and i would much rather stay home, eat our own popcorn, (or maybe a delicious Klondike bar, or some such,) and watch a film in our own living room. No bad and expensive ‘food’, and no crowded icky restrooms. The other day, in fact, we watched ‘Diabolique’, the 1955 version with Simone Signoret, (love her,) and loved the subtitles. I was proud of how much i understood without having to read the bottom of the screen. I took a couple years of French in high school, and that is it! Anyhow, i’m talking too much. So congratulations on your 100th post! It’s a fabulous one..


    • Merci, Mary. I remember “Diabolique,” with the great Simone Signoret, but really disliked the remake with Sharon Stone and Isabelle Adjani. Good for you for watching it in French. Movies are a great way to learn colloquialisms and improve your pronunciation. Lovely to hear from you. Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. je ne sais pas ce que tout ça va evoquer pour nos amis US, mais là, tu m’as offert un gros coup de nostalgie!M. Eddy, les glaces Miko! (soupir) Ma grand-mère etait ouvreuse de cinema, et j’ai été presque elevée dans une salle obscure, alors des souvenirs comme ça, j’en ai plein la tête!C’etait le bon temps! maintenant, les salles sont cheres, les gens mangent et discutent. Cannes est completement dénaturé par Canal + qui en a cassé toute la magie. je pourrais parler pendant des heures de cinema! et lisais-tu Ciné Revue?Bon, j’arrête sinon je vais bloquer ta boite à com! Au fait , je suis de retour à Nice.
    A bientôt!

  11. Je suis tout à fait d’accord avec toi… c’était mieux, largement mieux, quand nous étions petits. Ah, c’est fini, tout cela… cinéma Paradisio…

    Bon courage pour affronter l’affreuse réalité pop-cornisée de nos jours… 🙂

  12. So true, so nicely written… and I also watched Eddy (almost) each week. There are still a few “real” cineams left in Paris. Have you tried the “Studio 28”?

  13. I had to be taken out of Bambi when I was three years old because I was crying so much. My parents didn’t take me back to the cinema for years afterwards!

  14. I think you should invest in Apple TV and have patience for your favourite films to be released! I barely visit the cinema unless I am in Avignon for all those reasons that you mentioned…
    I love movies… can’t help myself… Such a great post Veronique… xv

    • Lovely to hear from you Vicki. We do use Apple TV at home, but I still miss the experience – and big adventure, when we were little – going to the movies once was. Looking forward to meeting you – peut-être – in Nice, France in a few weeks…

  15. Sadly, most of the movies I have seen in recent years (except TinTin) have been on the back of the airplane seat in front of me… love your Bambi story – I would have been crying right there with you!


  16. You have evoked so many memories in my mind. Going to the movies really is a special story. Every person has their own special memories. For example, it was possible to skip one class and go to the movies 🙂

  17. Great post! I feel as if I’ve been to the movies, Veronique. You brought back many of my own childhood memories. Going to the movie theatre every weekend was routine. Funny how I still have vivid memories of some of those movies. The chef and I don’t often go to see movies these days, we just rent them on Netflix. We enjoy foreign films!
    Thanks for a fun post. ~ Sarah

    • Merci beaucoup Sarah. Netflix has been a wonderful supplier over the last few years. So is Apple TV these days. I even have a few movies downloaded into my faithful travel sidekick, the MacBook Air, and my new Nook, for an upcoming trip. One can never have too many movies, right? 🙂

  18. Wonderful post and felt like a blast from the past for me. Your story about Bambi brought back memories that I am sure many of us can relate to.

  19. Huge congrats on your 100th fabulous post Veronique, always so much fun to read. Like all above I have memories of the Bambi ‘tragedy’ and also I distinctly remember my sister and I weeping copiously through ‘Lassie go Home’, really when you think of it some of those old family movies could be quite traumatic oui! Such a shame they couldn’t save Le Trianon, I’m grateful every time I go that the Paradiso, Luna and Astra theatres have survived, so much nicer than the big complexes AND it would seem that viewers of foreign movies are more likely to be content with a coffee to drink in the movie rather than crunchy crisps or the vile smelling popcorn haha! Looking forward to reading many more posts, till then, take care.

  20. That Bambi story is priceless and makes me adore you even more, if that’s even possible. 🙂

    And is that George Clooney buried in popcorn?!? Lol.

    I agree with you, going to the movies has definitely lost its glamour. I live in the headquarters of AMC so we’re always experimented on when it comes to our theaters. We have theaters that are also restaurants. We have theaters that are also bars. We have luxury theaters (that cost $30 per person, not joking) where its leather plush recliners and butler service. Too many IMAX theaters. Popcorn bars with 25 different dressing options (cheese, ranch, caramel, etc). I could go on. It’s out of control.

    That’s why I prefer to stay home and netflix. I can’t afford to get swept up in it all. Ha!

    • Well, merci bien, Mademoiselle Jenny 🙂 You have good eyes too: That IS Monsieur Clooney on the picture! I personally can’t believe how creative AMC is to attract people into its movie theaters. One can only hope as much attention is spent MAKING new movies (sadly, I fear this may not be the case…)
      Great to hear from you!

  21. I couldn’t agree with you more, the old theaters had som much more charm.

    There’s a Louis Malle film, “Zazie dans le métro”, and when I was a little girl living in Beaulieu-sur-Mer (my dad was in the Navy) I had the exact same haircut Zazie is wearing. I’ve never seen it anywhere else and I still love it.

  22. My mother is French and my father American. I grew up mostly in the US, but spent 2 months of almost every childhood year visiting my grandparents in Brittany.

    As a kid, I remember watching movies on TV with my papy. Always silly, always slapstick, they were utterly forgettable movies that I adored watching because they made my grandfather guffaw.

    In fact, it wasn’t until much later that I realized that French Cinema didn’t actually refer to the brand of farce I’d grown up watching with my papy. 🙂

    • Sweet story, Gwenn. Yes, the French love their slapstick comedies, or at least they used to… Your grandfather sounds a lot like mine! Thank you for sharing your childhood memories here. Come back soon!

  23. MA BELLE!!!!!!!

    OH, moi aussi, ça fait longtemps que je te rends visite! Comme tu sais, l’école nous exige tant d’énergie! Comment ça va? J’adore le cinéma français et j’ai appris le français grâce aux films. les films de Pagnol surtout m’intriguent!

    Merci pour tes commentaires aujourd’hui et reviens la semaine prochaine et suis les liens à PARIS!!!


  24. Bonjour Veronique. =) Congratulations on your 100th post! Obelix reminds me of my youth in Toulouse. The last time my mom came to visit me in america, we went to see ‘Happy Feet’. She looked so happy eating her popcorn and even sneaked in a slice of cheese cake. But the kicker was after the show – I noticed she bought some white tennis shoes. I told her, it’s time for her to go back to france.=)

  25. Congratulations on your 100th post – it is an achievement and all your posts are so well crafted. Yes, I also remember going to the movies when I was growing up in France and I get nostalgic. I remember taking my mom (who was a seamstress) to see a movie of Brigitte Bardot so she could copy her coat – she did and all my friends envied me. Maybe we should go to the movies tomorrow – we have been traveling so being cool in a movie theatre would be nice (it is supposed to be 90 F (32 C) in the shade here tomorrow.)

    • Thank you Vagabonde. Coming from you, this means a lot. Excellent story about Brigitte Bardot and the dress. Things were different then, weren’t they? I guess today, most women would look online and purchase a similar dress… Stay cool in the South!

  26. Veronique a wonderful post and I too adore going to the movies. It simply takes one away to another world of adventure, love, mystery.

    Do come and see my interview with Leslie of Segreto Finishes and enter to win her Fabulous Book!

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