In Paris, 1880, forty-year-old Auguste Rodin at last receives his first state commission: The Gates of Hell, a sculptural group work composed of many figures, some of which would be the basis of free-standing sculptures that would later bring him fame, such as The Kiss and The Thinker. At the time, he shares his life with Rose, his longtime companion. He meets young Camille Claudel, his most talented student, who quickly becomes his assistant, then his mistress. Ten years of passion, but also of mutual admiration and complicity. After their break-up, Rodin relentlessly pursues his work, coping with the rejection and the enthusiasm provoked by the sensuality of his sculptures, and with his Balzac, rejected during his lifetime, he creates the uncontested departure point of modern sculpture | More at UniFrance
When Charlotte Gainsbourg was 4, her mother took her and her half sister to see “Jaws.” “I don’t know why,” the French actress, singer and style icon, 46, said recently. “Maybe she was drinking a little. And then in the theater, she suddenly realized how traumatizing it was.”
Sipping green tea in a corner booth at the cafe of the Marlton Hotel, casual yet chic in a white T-shirt and jeans, Ms. Gainsbourg recounted her mother’s reaction to watching her young children take in the 1975 killer-shark blockbuster. “She just put her hands on our faces,” she continued. “So the sound is what I kept. It’s part of me.” [ . . . ] Full story at NYTimes
From November 12, MUBI will present a career-spanning selection of the films of legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard, ranging from the jazz-pop New Wave films of the ‘60s that made his name to his 1980s comeback with the contemporary masterpiece In Praise of Love. The series will also celebrate Godard’s birthday, which falls on December 3. Please find some more information on MUBI at: Jean-Luc Godard Retrospective on MUBI | French Culture
The father-daughter duo share their thoughts on loving the ocean and teaching others about its wonders.Interview by Lauren Paige Kennedy; Produced by Lauren PhillipsJean-Michel Cousteau and Céline Cousteau, ocean advocates/filmmakers/familySon and granddaughter, respectively, of legendary diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau, the Cousteaus embody a generations-long effort to educate the human population on the wonders of the natural world, particularly the oceans. Most recently, they teamed up with narrator Arnold Schwarzenegger to deliver the upcoming Wonders of the Sea 3D.
The film is a literal deep dive into the underwater ecosystems between Fiji and the Bahamas, using new techniques to expose the ocean’s beauty as never before.