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Issue number 16. It’s Cannes Film Festival time again. We’ll take the opportunity to take another look at all sorts of images. Filmic, photographic, and others. Let’s see how those that fill our clichés and our daily lives stand the test of time. We’ll also be taking a look at role play and race tracks. Still hankering for more? For your daily dose, see La News qui Court every morning. Next issue, May 29th.

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    28 mai. C'est la saint-Germain. L'occasion de visiter saint-Germain-des-près, mieux connaître saint-Germain-en-laye, découvrir Saint-Germain-les-arpajon, ou pourquoi pas saint-Germain-du-puy, saint-Germain-au-mont-d'or, et plus généralement tous les saints-Germain en France ! Belles ballades en perspective !

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    Photo © JR

HIS UNFORGETTTABLE UNIVERSE

In JR’s immense art gallery, everything is free for everyone. This is because this French artist, for those of you who don’t already know his work, has made the street and public spaces the location for his art, photography. This is the basic principle of street art, a contemporary art movement of which he has become one of the most respected and renowned representatives. JR not only creates objects of beauty, he also serves a cause; each of his projects is motivated by his urge to spread a message to all, simply, with portraits of men, women and children throughout the world. For him, «Change the way people see the world, is already a way to making things change…»

Among his works, «The wrinkles of the city», started back in 2008, is our personal favourite; in this series of monumental, black and white portraits plastered on the walls of different cities, he deliberately chose older people as models in order to reveal the history and evolution of a place through the traces of time passing on the faces of the inhabitants.A way of highlighting that these elders, with their «small» stories, hand down the «big» story ; in Havana, they are the memory of the Cuban revolution, in Cartagena, that of the civil war, in Los Angeles, they upset the image of eternal beauty… To better underline his approach, he often plasters his photos on dilapidated buildings, walls, like men; suffer from erosion with time…

In a world where each wrinkle is checked with a magnifying glass, it is refreshing to see that JR magnifies and rehabilitates them. He reminds us that they bear witness in a moving and beautiful way to the trials we go through, but also to the laughter shared in the good times, each one sketching out the map of our lives.
This project is ongoing and was last seen in Berlin in April. Wrinkled and proud…

Stéphanie Norris

• See and know more about JR and his works

 
 
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    Show Prada, Milan, september 2008

FALL OUT

Roll out the red carpet. An expression that conjures up the shiniest of images, the fanciest dresses, the highest heels, the most enchanting silhouettes… But the slightest twist and it all falls down. You only need to «twist» your ankle on the red carpet for the show to change and the admiring looks turn to smiles, even laughter.

The pain is incidental as the funny aspect takes over. Well, it’s funny enough for the video or photo to go viral, whether the victim is an actress, singer, model, politician… Funny enough to be turned into an advert, by Orangina. And then, it’s worse for the nobody in the street. There is no special treatment: women and men are both victims. And no quarter is given either, wherever you are, you will be laughed at, even better, judged.

The pretty girl, elegantly perched, light of step, so pleasant to watch but also so difficult to approach… In one felled swoop, she’s on the ground. And off the pedestal. In a fraction of a second, she becomes the idiot who «shouldn’t have worn those heels if she didn’t know how to walk in them». What about the guy who is all decked our for his run… High-tech shorts, perfect little mp3 holder, trendy baseball cap and the latest trainers. Concentrating on his running, his pace. Then, crack, it all goes wrong. He goes from the semi-professional to «who does he think he is?».

The laughter is instantaneous. Of course, seeing someone slip or fall is always good for a giggle. But in normal circumstances, a human waits to see if the other person is alright before laughing. They may even hold out a helping hand, or check if they can still walk. Except in this case, the book is judged by its cover and the victim becomes the subject of revenge. And the fall, funny as it is, above all is seen as symbolic. But in this show, no one plays the good guy.

Marie Veyrier


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ANIMAL DECIBELS

Pig is not a nice word. The very fact of saying it has dirty connotations. Literally and figuratively. 

In her recent book entitled «Belle et bête», Marcella Iacub did her best to highlight the term by using it to name her main character, DSK. A Romanesque role, unlike anything it had been given before.  

But the poor word has a new charge to answer.

A 59 year old man, who spent twenty years working eight-hour days on pig farms in the Jura and the Doubs, claims he has gone deaf due to the squealing of between 1500 and 2000 pigs. The social security court is dealing with the case on May 15th.

In other words, like the Parisien’s headline said, «le cochon rend sourd» (pigs make you deaf)… An allusion that might not surprise Marcella Iacub, as her famous partner apparently nearly took her ear off! 

In fact, pigs are not that stupid: they may have mud slung at them, but they know how to get their rocks off!

Maurice Achard

 

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Un livre, un film, une musique... quelques années, décennies ou siècles plus tard.
Quand la culture n’en finit pas de fleurir.
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    Marcello Mastroianni and Yvonne Furneaux in la Dolce Vita

DOLCE VITA ON NOT

 

Among all of the Palmes d’Or handed out in the past 65 years, there have been cult, misunderstood, impenetrable, committed and «already forgotten» movies… And then there is «la Dolce Vita» by Federico Fellini, winner in 1960.

The name sounds like a pretty promise. The first image that springs to mind is the Trevi fountain scene with Anita Ekberg. We get the urge to jump in ourselves to feel her delectation, the intense feeling of letting go. Then we hear the Italian, so song-like, so light… Finally we are immersed in the atmosphere of evening dresses, serious up-dos, dandy tuxedos… We close our eyes. We wish we were there… really? Let’s go back in time. Forget the fountain scene, it only lasts one minute; let’s look at the 165 other minutes. 

The name sounds like a pretty promise, but only a promise. Because all of the characters are searching for this Dolce Vita. Through days that last three hours and nights that last forty. In cafes where everyone meets everyone, knows everyone, following each other without every being together. A stabbing disarray of the rich, the poor, the anonymous and the famous, who are constantly being followed by the press. Among them is a certain Paparazzo. Sometimes the Dolce Vita is there, ready to be taken but no one seems ready.

It is a quest, a strange journey that is both overwhelming and unnerving. Everything is so beautiful and sad. So superficial in appearance and so profoundly true. A blend of genres perfectly orchestrated by the maestro Fellini. But the performance doesn’t end here. This film could be replayed in today’s chic cafes or houses by new actors saying exactly the same lines; it would be completely up to date. The script or the ambience haven‘t aged a bit. It may be lacking in Dolce Vita, but it makes up for it in timelessness.

Bianca Alberti

• To feel the Dolce Vita atmosphere
• To see (again) the Trevi foutain scene 

 

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STARS AND CARS

Whether they pull up at the red carpet or fly around grand prix tracks, cars always have a whiff of legend. And just a detail, or an emblem, is needed to take us off on a beautiful journey. Personal destination. A series by Odile Berthemy.

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    Photo © Odile Berthemy

ASPARAGUS NOW!

White asparagus is royal; it has a very short life-span and loses the head easily, even though this aristocratic variety came to be a long time after the French revolution. Its Spring reign comes to a head in the month of May. 

It comes from the sandy earth of the East, and asparagus is green in its wild state, like that grown in Italy or the south of France. In ancient times, it was said to be an aphrodisiac – the phallic shape may have had something to do with that… So in Greece, Hippocrates the father of medicine prescribed it for a painful urethra while Pliny the Elder raved about the size of Ravenna asparagus! 

Later in the Middle Ages, it was mostly reserved for hospital convents as a medicine. From the 16th century on, it was introduced into gastronomic circles but kept for the court due to its limited availability. Its spread came late, in 1868 in the sandy soil of Argenteuil, outside Paris, 500 hectares were put side for its cultivation and a very refined mode of protecting it from the sun to keep its skin white. The following year, Pastor Heyler imported this delicate process to Hoerdt, a village in Alsace, which required three years before anything was produced. 

The tender, melt in the mouth and tasty Hoerdt asparagus is grown on hills to benefit from the sun’s rays all day long, to the extent that it can grow 5 to 6 cm in a few hours. What vitality! In the best conditions, they need to be harvested twice a day… Thankfully, the village has made asparagus its emblem, has the endurance needed to share such joy with the rest of us!

Elido


SCREEN FAST

The name of the operation is «Dix jours sans écrans» (ten days without screens). A challenge set out for primary school students from CP to CM2: no TV, computer, telephone, video games for the duration, or, for as long as possible. The initiative comes from Quebec and is tempting more and more schools over here. Recently in Nanterre, there was a prize giving ceremony in front of 180 participants! They didn’t all make it, it’s hard to hold out against «The Voice» - but many claim to have gone back to reading and board games, talking to their family, going for walks, etc.

In 1986, an identical experiment was organised by «Télérama», accompanied by a documentary on Antenne 2. In this case, everyone was involved, adults too. The term «addict» was not yet being used for young people but the objective was the same: to try to live without it, TV that is.

Obviously, these tests are popular. They aim to detox young and old from the bad screens in favour of culture and beneficial pastimes. Even though 25 years later, nothing has changed so they were all a waste of time. There are more screens now that we could have imagined in 86…

The real issue is not to get back to a life without screens, as if «the old ways were best», but to live with them, knowing which buttons to press. Those that retain links to things that haven’t disappeared, but have changed shape: books, films, history, geography… And, knowing when to switch off when the programme is over.

In fact, and on the other end of the scale, a lack of TVs or video games does not guarantee a better environment: apart from the screen that linked the inhabitants to the presenter, there were none in M6’s famous «loft».

M.A.

 

L'Avenue
LA BOUTIQUE EN LIGNE DE L'ACHARNŒUR.
Pour en savoir plus sur les pièces uniques ou
en édition limitée, cliquez sur les différentes vitrines!

Cyrto

Cyrto is extremely shy and prefers the shadows to the light. She is an illustrator and graphic artist and is spending more and more time on her true calling: creating fantastic worlds from her own emotion, impulse and imagination. She invents but does not reinvent. She follows no trend or influence but instead takes all her inspiration from her inner self. Her uniquely artistic approach will soon be visible through her writing and directing.

 

CYRTO GLOVES

 

The whole idea comes from the glove as second skin. Cyrto creates indelible designs on gloves evoking ramifications, sketches… connections. Each piece is unique and comes only from her imagination. There are no rules, no hierarchy, the cells form every instant and grow together through paths and encounters. Her lines tell of a fantastic world that is almost invisible to the naked eye. Between tattoo art and a pseudo-botanic vision, the lines of the hand take on a new meaning.

 

Gloves made to order. 

 

The approach is entirely artistic. The final piece is handed over in exchange for an envelope in which the client « gives » the amount they wish.

 

The Acharnœur will act as intermediary but takes no commission. For more information: avenue@acharnoeur.com

Illustration from Cyrto Art.

Caractéristiques produit

- Light-coloured gloves supplied by the client
- Unique drawings done in indelible ink 
- Time required: two weeks
- Price of piece fixed by the client
- Delivery costs extra (6€ minimum for France)

Let It Be Men - 54€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!

 

THE LET IT BE SELECTION
FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from leather and white magnetic metal, it is both male and chic, elegant and rock and roll. Perfect alliance between sobriety and confirmed style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur.

 

Price: 54€ 

Caractéristiques produit

- Leather bracelet with "piqûre selleir"
- Magnetic clasp in silvered Zamac 
- Sizes available: 20cm or 22cm (made-to-measure on request)

Let It Be - 63€

Created by two jewellery fans (including the ex-founder of Mercerie Moderne), Let It Be is a Parisian brand that is still quite low key. The charm lies in a collection of cheeky, sometimes ecumenical pieces but are not worn just as symbols. On the contrary: Let It Be is aimed at the liberated men or women who have decided to be themselves, instead of defining herself relative to others… Who wear Let It Be lay claim to nothing, except beauty!

 

THE LET IT BE SELECTION
FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

This bracelet is a key piece in the collection. It is made from soft leather and white metal, it is both chic and gothic, ultra-precious and rock and roll. The clasp dresses the wrist with a refinement and originality that attracts all women, regardless of their age or style. A stand-out piece sold exclusively on l’Acharnœur and also available without the skull.

 

Price: 63€ with skull.
58€ without skull.

Without skull item or with a bow also avalaible.

Caractéristiques produit

- Leather bracelet
- Bracelet chain in plate silver
- Skull clasp in stainless Zamac 
- Sizes available: 32cm, 34 or 36cm (made-to-measure on request)

Aline Lang - 80€

Aline Lang is a photographer and graphic artist who one day, for fun, drew a bracelet watch like a piece of film. A designer at Cartier, Omega, liked it and oriented her into watch face design. Her first watch was for the bicentenary of the French revolution. Since then she has designed over forty watches, including one for the Bibliothèque nationale. Her rare and unusual creations are born from her inspiration and are produced as limited editions.

 

THE ACHARNŒUR’S SELECTION

 

The Gallops watch. An homage to chronophotography (the decomposition of a movement by a succession of photographs) and to Muybridge’s work that in 1878, proved that the four legs of a horse leave the ground at the same time when the horse gallops. This watch was first made by a big luxury house before being edited by the Musée d’Orsay. Its leather bracelet and particularly flat face makes this version timeless.

 

Limited edition. 10 pieces available.
Price: 80 €.

Gallops Watch

Caractéristiques produit

- Case in chromed brass
- Black leather bracelet 
- Quartz movement
- Made in France, Alsace.

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Gabriella de Galzain - 125€

She used to work under the name «Frénétik». Today Gabriella de Galzain is coming out of hiding and is launching her eponymous brand. She makes baroque, romantic, rock n’ roll jewellery that expresses a bohemian spirit of elegance and freedom, paying homage to the most beautiful icons. Her undeniable talent can be seen in brooches, necklaces, earrings, cuff-links… She counts many stars among her greatest fans and some of her pieces tell the most beautiful stories. 

 

A GABRIELLA DE GALZAIN DESIGN ONLY FOR L’ACHARNŒUR

 

We requested an homage to the Eiffel Tower. Only for l'Acharnœur, Gabriella de Galzain came up with this timeless yet contemporary brooch. The blend of off-whites means it can be worn at all times. Pearls, chains, crystals, ceramic flowers… The codes of elegance and femininity with an essential touch of impertinence. All the audacity of the “Grand Dame” herself.


Item made to order. 
Special price: 125€ taxes inclued

«La Parisienne» brooch

Caractéristiques produit

- Resin beading and icons
- Resin flowers, glass cabochon, crystal Swarovski rhinestones
- Base in silver-plated copper
- Silver-plated brass chains
- Icon high : 10cm
- Total high (with chains) : 24 cm 

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Ils nous ont demandé d'en parler.
Comme on a aimé ce qu’ils proposaient, on l’a fait... À notre façon !
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    Picture © Hic et Nunc

THE SCRUNCHY IS BACK

Everyone remembers the famous scrunchy from the eighties and nineties that decorated all of our heads before becoming obsolete.
When fashion goes out of fashion, it always comes back, look no further: a Parisian brand run by the young designer Marie Aragon is bringing this accessory back to our hair. 

As she was in the habit of creating her own elastics in her workshop, Marie came up with the idea to set up her own brand. After all, her scrunchies are more intricate than a piece of rubber: they match an outfit, hold up a hairdo in a sumptuous manner, accompany a chignon, decorate a ponytail, beautify a plait and even a wrist...

The project came into being in November 2012: "Here and now" is the motto and is also the literal translation of the brand name "Hic et Nunc". A philosophy that reflects the young designer's candid state of mind and she has already launched her second collection. Her influences include objects she has picked up here and there, new wave music, cake shops, her childhood travels and films, she reworks scrunchies in her own way. Her designs associate names and materials, blending memories and nostalgia, faraway lands and feelings, attractive colours and appetising shapes: the financier cake becomes floral, the crumble takes on a psychic aura, the macaroon in velvet and the opera in Vichy fabric... They are then nicely folded, draped and shaped by a thin thread that follows the flow of the fabric. The designer even adds a personal touch by scenting them with a tiny touch of vanilla before postage, delicious!

As for the fabrics, they are carefully selected: soft, pleasant and authentic, whether it be the cotton, denim, velvet or polyester. And while there is already something for everyone in the range, that's not all: they are also available in different sizes according to hair thickness or the style chosen! So it's up to you to choose your travelling companion, the lucky charm that will tie your hair up in a bun this summer, or even your bracelet! To find out more, check out the website www.hic-et-nunc.fr !

Daniella Matoso

 

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TRIUMPH TR3A

The Côte d'Azur and its Grande Corniche… The Grand Prix at Monaco. Legendary locations that have seen the world’s most beautiful cars! They can keep them; this miniature will be yours, all yours!

85€. Available to order on www.generation-miniatures.fr

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ATTRACTIONS - PARIS
Metro Poissonnière or Château d’eau
Line 7 or 4

What if the gates of hell were on rue de Paradis? The city of light is darker and more worrying that we think… Somewhere between a museum of horrors and a haunted house, the Manoir de Paris helps you to relive the legends that have made the capital and its inhabitants tremble for centuries: disappearances in the catacombs, ghostly apparitions at the opera, the place will fill you with terror… And if you dream of being a part of history? You’ll get an extra little fright!

Le Manoir de Paris
18 rue de Paradis, 75010 Paris
lemanoirdeparis.fr  

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    Illustration © Charlot

CHECKED!

Comfortably ensconced in your couch, your taste buds are awoken by the advert for Yopla’s latest chocolate mousse. It looks creamy, the perfect consistency, and you envy the beautiful housewife who is enjoying it on your TV screen, so you decide to buy some at your corner store the next day. Right up until the threatening slogan flashes up and drags you from your cocoon of well-being: «Dans votre intérêt, ne mangez ni trop sucré, ni trop gras» (Avoid eating too much sugar or fat). 

Of course! How could we forget the warning that comes with every act, like so many others? But all the same you sigh knowing that tomorrow you will go straight for the diet range, choosing insipid, 0% yoghurts that taste like plaster. But seriously, isn’t aspartame and a total lack of fat just as bad? The radio is no better, constantly guilt-tripping you with condescending messages reminding you that for your dear health, that you obviously are neglecting, you need «to do regular exercise».

So one wonders also at what point we became our children’s children. As our little ones are conditioned since infancy by these adverts and by over-zealous teachers to reprimand you if they catch you sneaking a cigarette in the cellar (the last place you thought they’d find you). You give in when they stick their anti-smoking presentation for which they got 10 out of 10 under your nose, respect. 

As a result, you worry about their marks for their fruit and vegetable presentation. As you are pretty sure that your offspring will point out that it’s your fault that they are well below their five a day, a mission you have always found impossible to fulfil! So you are already planning the future cookbook that you will need to defend yourself to your kids. While all the while looking for somewhere to defend your free will. The attic perhaps?

S.N.

 

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Ce que les placards, les murs ou les tiroirs de notre chambre d'adolescent
racontent sur nous aujourd'hui.
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    elenarostunova © Fotolia

BARTER

It all began the day my favourite vase that lived on my desk, disappeared in my absence. Who could possibly be to blame? Before jumping to conclusions, I went straight into my little brother’s room to investigate. Just to see. And what did I find? The loot, stolen earlier that day, was already resting between two cartoon books! The following day, same problem, I had to go get something else back from my sister’s room. Every time I went into my room after school I had to check. Was anything missing? 

Anyone would think my room was Ali Baba’s cave! The little «Borrowers» saw the most banal of objects as a precious treasure. And my absences were the ideal opportunity to pillage in peace… In an effort to catch them, I sometimes left objects out on display like pieces on a chessboard or coins. I counted them before I left and counted again on my return… A sneaky, but extremely revealing tactic as one or two things always went missing… They couldn’t deny anything, I had them!

I had to find a way to put an end to these little felonies! So I had the amazing idea to organise weekly garage sales in my room after carefully selecting items I knew they might like: baseball cap, books, bric a brac… Something for everyone! The were FINALLY able to take things legally and I didn’t have any more nasty surprises… (with a few exceptions, as the saying goes, you always want what you can’t have). Worse, I took advantage of my situation by negotiating a service for each object. I often got out of clearing the table and other domestic tasks that way! 

Now that they are teenagers, they are too old to covet useless objects from my room and would refuse to hoover instead of me anyway. But it’s funny that we all enjoy going to flea markets together!

D.M. from an interview with Lila B.

 

Collaborateurs

  • Directrice de la Publication et de la Rédaction
    Virginie Achard
  • Directrice Artistique
    Perrine Lebas
  • Concepteur web
    Franck Biehler
  • Chroniqueurs
    Maurice Achard, Bianca Alberti, Bruno Lancelot, Elido, Marie Veyrier, Stéphanie Norris
  • Traductrice
    Tresi Murphy

Invités

PHOTOGRAPHE METAPHORE
Odile Berthemy

PHOTOGRAPHES / ILLSUTRATEURS ÉDITORIAL
Odile Berthemy, l'Acharnœur, Charlot

ASSISTANTE COMITÉ ÉDITORIAL
Daniella Matoso