Sketches made at the 'Poissons et crocodiles d'Afrique.' expo at the Paris Aquarium.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Stef, Will Kane & the rest of France will probably already know this film but I'm 35 years late in discovering it! My French colleagues showed this to me & it's a revelation! Mike Myers must have seen this before making the Austin Powers films, it has all the ingredients that Myers used & more. Belmondo is a comic genius, Bisset is gorgeous, the production design is fabulous & the 'parallel' realities an inspired take on the super-spy genre.
This is one movie that fulfills the thrills promised on its groovy poster.
Belmondo poster gallery.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
Before I left Paris I managed to squeeze in a couple more exhibitions. To celebrate the 400 years since Rembrandt's death Paris is hosting several shows in honour of the great Dutch master, of which these two are the main ones. REMBRANDT:dessinateur at the Louvre is a collection of original sketches, drawings & studies, including those made for the 'hundred guilder' print. To get this close to the master is always inspiring & to be able to study his work up close is enlightening. There are many in-jokes & references to be found & he seemed to love including dogs as often as possible!
The second show, Rembrandt:Eaux-Fortes, is at the Petit Palais.
On display are scores of prints & engravings made throughout his life. Many are no bigger than a postage stamp & look like they've been etched with a needle. Extremely fine artistry & bravura draughtsmanship in both shows. I couldn't make it to Holland this year to view the special celebratory exhibitions but these two shows in Paris are a fine alternative.