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Why are there so many cinemas in the Latin Quarter? The Latin Quarter does not quite correspond to a district: it straddles the 5th and 6th arrondissements, which covers almost entirely. A historical district of universities since the creation of the Sorbonne in 1250, it remains still today the beating heart of Paris’ student life. As of the 1960s, several movie theaters were opened in the Latin Quarter, adding to the historic halls of cinema lovers, some open since the beginning of the 20th century. In the intellectual turmoil that follows May 68, cinema is no longer seen simply as entertainment, but as a real art and often as a way of observing society and making it change, surfing on the prestige of the New Wave. Cinema arthouse, cinema of author, committed cinema: the Latin Quarter, epicenter of the bohemian intellectual and artistic center asks for more. Not to mention the fact, much more prosaic, that students have free time between classes - or when they skip a class... So, let's take the path of schoolchildren and go for a walk in the dark rooms, discover on the big screen what is the soul of the Latin Quarter! The Champo The Champo, proudly standing at the corner of rue Champollion and rue des Ecoles, needs no further presentation. Open since 1938, it survived a fire and was threatened with closure before a massive mobilization saved it. The Paris City Council has made the cinema and its original facade, dating from 1938, be classified as a historic monument for their protection. The fire of 1941 has also been the site of an ingenious invention: the "retro-reflex", which uses a periscope to project the image on a mirror reflected on the screen. This process, which makes it possible to project films even in very small rooms, is perhaps at the origin of the "reflection" that one finds in the name of another cinema of the street Champollion, the Reflet Medici, and in the name of the Ciné Reflet bookshop, today reincarnated into the library of cinema of the Pantheon. Champo is the cinema of filmmakers, the temple of the New Wave: François Truffaut admitted having spent whole days there. He is not the only one to have frequented this small cinema that quickly became Saint of the Saints of the 7th art: Lelouch, Godard, Chabrol were regulars. Champo is fond of major retrospective cycles devoted to an author or a movement and organizes "Champo nights", in which films around the same theme are broadcasted continuously from midnight until dawn. Le Champo - 51, rue des Ecoles, 75005 - metro Cluny-La-Sorbonne or Maubert-Mutualité, or RER Luxembourg The Filmothèque of the Quartier Latin It is rumored that Quentin Tarantino would come on pilgrimage to the Filmothèque of the Latin Quarter every time he goes to Paris ... The American director must have the gift of disguise, because its large size does not facilitate the incognito! In its two intimate rooms, under the sign of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, we come to revel in typical screenings of the neighborhood of intellectuals: films of authors, retrospectives of great directors, festivals of less known cinemas, Turkish cinema, Kurdish cinema, Hungarian, Lebanese, Finnish or Ukrainian. Eclecticism is the watchword, with a great variety of eras and genres. But attentions to the latecomers: do not think to arrive quietly during the advertisements, because there is none at the Film Library! La Filmothèque du Quartier Latin - 9, rue Champollion, 75005 - Cluny-La-Sorbonne metro or Maubert-Mutualité, or RER Luxembourg The Reflet Médicis Former theater, the Reflet Medicis opened in 1964, making it one of the oldest cinemas in the Latin Quarter. It is, like the Champo and the Filmothèque, located rue Champollion, so it has also become the den of students of the Sorbonne, who come to kill the time between two courses. The cinema has three rooms: in the room Medici 3, do not miss the multicolored stained-glass window, which dates from the time when the Reflet Medici was still the Theater of the Night owls. As it is of rigor in an art room, the films are presented in their original language, and there are special retrospectives devoted to the great directors, not to mention the debates and meetings with directors and teams. The Reflet Medici also hosts several festivals: Polish Film Festival, Cineril Festival, Film Festival - Human Rights with Amnesty International. When the Cannes Film Festival ends each year, we find at Reflet Médicis the selection Un certain regard, which allows to discover directors still little known. Opposite, the Reflet is a simple and friendly student cafe. Before or after a session, we come to Reflet recapture with the world and sip a beer, like any self-respecting Parisian student! The Reflet Medici - 3, rue Champollion, 75005 - metro Cluny-La-Sorbonne or Maubert-Mutualité, or RER Luxembourg Espace Saint-Michel Dean of Latin Quarter cinemas, l’Espace Saint-Michel has been operating as a projection room since 1911. L’Espace Saint-Michel gives pride of place to films by French and foreign authors; where other cinemas in the neighborhood cultivate the great classics, l’Espace also seeks to introduce new talents. Here too, everything is done to encourage long, crazy conversations between film fans: The Les Affiches bar-restaurant owes its "fifties" stamp to the frescoes and cinema photos, and its name to the original posters that are part of the cinema collection. Finally, the Club is a cozy space hidden in the depths of the basement: it welcomes meetings between moviegoers and film people, during debates, for film screenings during filming or short films. Espace Saint-Michel – 7, place Saint-Michel, 75005 – métro Saint-Michel – Notre-Dame Cinema La Clef – l’Usage du monde On the other side of the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève, the cinema La Clef is not in the orbit of the Sorbonne, but remains well anchored in the Latin Quarter: The University of the Sorbonne-Nouvelle is nearby, on the street Censier. The Key has an original story. It may be the neighborhood's most "Mai 68" cinema: created in 1969, it is attended by students from the brand-new university that has just opened. During the 1970s, independent film and film screenings followed, but the room languished during the 1980s. In the 1990s, it was taken over by an African filmmaker under the name Images d'Ailleurs, to promote all the wealth of African and Afro-American cinema, which France then discovers the effervescence. Today, La Clef is the only associative cinema in Paris and has kept its spirit committed, by broadcasting films from around the world, especially those that are very difficult to see elsewhere or that reflect the social and environmental issues of the contemporary world. La Clef – l’Usage du monde - 34, rue Daubenton, 75005 - Censier-Daubenton metroRead more
Who said Paris was gray? The big city conceals some well-hidden secrets where one can go green and walk along impressive flowerbeds. Given the occasion of the exhibition Orchids Paris, from 23 to 25 March 2018, one can take opportunity to take a short tour of the botanical gardens of the capital. The parade of the elegant: Orchids Paris 2018 From March 23rd to 25th, an impressive exhibition of orchids will be held in Paris, at the Porte de la Villette, where this bewitching and graceful flower will be featured. The exhibition will bring together orchid producers from around the world, as well as orchid-like institutions and associations such as the Writhlington School Foundation, Greenhouses of the Senate - Jardin du Luxembourg, the Eric Young Foundation and more. You can buy rare botanical species and the latest hybrid orchid creations. For the most assiduous, a high-level congress will disseminate the latest scientific results; some conferences will be more accessible to amateurs. During the three days of the exhibition, the National Horticultural Society of France will offer workshops to make bouquets. Also find workshops for the public, to take care of your orchids and cultivate them better, workshops for children and a photo contest. Orchids 2018 exhibition - Hall A of the Paris Event Center, 20 Avenue de la Porte de la Villette, Paris 19 - metro 7 or tram 3B Porte de la Villette - entry 12 €, free for children under 12 years old. Roses; dahlias, iris’: the seasons of the botanical gardens in Paris On this occasion, why not discover, or rediscover, the botanical gardens of Paris? Parisians have at their disposal the four sites of the Botanical Garden of Paris itself, but also the unmissable Jardin des Plantes, and the discreet botanical garden of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University Paris 5 - René Descartes. Each of these gardens has its own history and atmosphere, but they are all unexpected havens of peace in the megalopolis. Le Parc Floral de Vincennes The Parc Floral de Vincennes, accessible from the esplanade of the Château de Vincennes, is immense; it is the ideal setting for long walks to discover peonies (flowering in April and May), irises (May and June), geraniums (May to September) and dahlias (August to October). Find the agenda of flowering here. The Floral Park also hosts many cultural events, such as the International Dahlia Competitions every year at the end of September, but also festivals and concerts with no immediate relationship with flowers, except beauty! The Parc Floral is thus the theater of the Paris Jazz Festival in June and July, and of Classique au Vert, the weekends of August and September. Summer is of course the season, where it is good to wander in the flowery paths. But even if your favorite flower has not yet reached the tip of its nose, the Floral Park promises other attractions, such as the sculpture garden where you can enjoy the outdoors of Tinguely, Giacometti or Calder. The "rosalies" (quadricycles), ping-pong or treasure hunt will keep the children occupied. Parc Floral de Vincennes - Route de la Pyramide, Paris 12 - metro 1 Château de Vincennes - open daily from 9.30am, until 8pm in summer (April to September), until 6.30pm in October and March, and until 17h in winter. The entry of the park is :2,50 € from May 1 to October 31, 2017. Reduced price (€ 1.50) for young people from 7 to 26 years, free for children under 7 years. Free admission on concert nights upon presentation of a ticket or countermark. Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil On the other side of the city is the Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil and its admirable tropical greenhouses. It is originally a decorated garden, with some greenhouses and flower beds, sponsored by Louis XV. It attained its real growth at the end of the 19th century, when the city of Paris seeks to create a horticultural production site. The architect Formigé then renovated the garden of Auteuil and used Rodin's studio to decorate the retaining wall of the terraces of masks, grotesque faces and grimacing masks. The Jardin des Serres d'Auteuil houses, in fact, several gardens: French, Japanese, Mediterranean and contemporary. In the greenhouses, discover cacti, palm trees and tropical plants according to a very educational and well explained course. Garden of Serres d'Auteuil - 1 Place of the Porte d'Auteuil / 1 Avenue Gordon Bennett, Paris 16 - metro 10 Porte d'Auteuil - free admission. Parc de Bagatelle Located in the 16th arrondissement near Neuilly, Bagatelle Park is the ultimate in sophistication. There is the famous Roseraie de Bagatelle, as well as the garden of the water lilies, and an orangery. Here and there, the peacocks roam quietly, between caves, waterfalls and stone bridge of this landscape skillfully staged. The highlight of the season is the Weekend of the Rose, beginning in June, and its International Competition of New Roses. Next to the rose garden is the beautiful Iris garden, inspired by Hispano-Moorish architecture. The history of the Bagatelle Park is romantic at will: the park itself and the "madness" (pleasure residence) of the Château de Bagatelle are the result of an impossible bet between Marie-Antoinette and her brother-in-law, the Count of Artois. In 1777, Marie-Antoinette challenged the count to complete this crazy project in less than 100 days. Bet taken with panache: at the price of a superhuman effort, the park and the castle were ready in 64 days... Like the Parc Floral de Vincennes, it regularly hosts concerts and music festivals, such as the Musicales de Bagatelle (end of June), the Chopin Festival (in June-July) and Solistes de Bagatelle (at the orangery, on weekends). end of September). Bagatelle Park - Route de Sèvres to Neuilly, Paris 16 - metro 1 Porte Maillot, RER C Neuilly-Porte Maillot - open every day from 9.30am to 8pm from April to September, until 6.30pm in March, and 5pm from October to February - free admission except during events, admission 6 € The inescapable: the Jardin des Plantes We no longer present the Augustus Jardin des Plantes. It is the dean of the Paris Botanical Gardens, because the apothecary Nicolas Houël was already giving herbalist classes at this site in the 16th century. In the 18th century, the famous naturalist Buffon made it one of the most important centers of scientific research in Europe. Part of the National Museum of Natural History, the Jardin des Plantes remains faithful to its scientific vocation. It includes several gardens (twelve in total): large greenhouses, again open to the public since 2010, alpine garden, garden of irises and perennials, garden of peonies, garden of roses and rocks, vegetable garden, ecological garden and the school of botany. And it houses no less than 15,000 different plants... Jardin des Plantes - subway 5 Gare d'Austerlitz, 7 Censier Daubenton, 10 Jussieu or Gare d'Austerlitz, RER C Paris-Austerlitz - open daily from sunrise to sunset (see specific times on the Facebook page) - entrance free, except the Botanical Gallery, 7 €. The Botanical Garden of the University of Pharmacy – University Paris 5 Few people know about it. It hides in a discreet corner of the 6th district, close to the Luxembourg Gardens. All you need to do is enter the Faculty of Pharmacy, avenue de l'Observatoire, and go straight to find yourself in this garden dedicated to medicinal plants, but not only. The collections of this botanical garden are of course geared towards scientific and medical research, and also allow pharmacy students to familiarize themselves with some common poisonous plants, in order to sensitize their future customers. The magnificent greenhouses, some of which are inherited from Gustave Eiffel, can only be visited during guided tours on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm. Botanical Garden of the Faculty of Pharmacy - University Paris 5 - René Descartes - 4, avenue de l'Observatoire, Paris 6 - RER B Port-Royal or Luxembourg, metro 4 Vavin, metro 12 Notre-Dame des Champs - open at the same times of the Faculty of Pharmacy - guided tours on Thursday from 14h to 16h.Read more
Paris, the circus capital? Is there not a little contradiction in assigning a place to the circus? After all, the circus is the realm of traveling circus tents, touring tightrope walkers and acrobats. The nomadism of the circus troops is well known. So why want to make Paris the "place" for circus’? Paris is the capital of bohemia, forever associated with the city that has always reserved a warm welcome to artists. And it is also in Paris that the circus as we know it today was born in 1782. The world of the circus, always magical, suspended between heaven and earth, navigating between the high acrobatics of the riders, the breathtaking jumps of the trapeze artists and the more down-to-earth entertainment of the clowns, inspired many Parisian artists or visitors to Paris. The Impressionists paint as the circus becomes a fashionable pastime in Paris, and becomes more democratic. As of the Second Empire and under the 3rd Republic, that is to say the second half of the 19th century, painters like Seurat pay tribute to the artists of the big tent. This half-world in chiaroscuro that creates illusion and dream, inspires Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Chagall and Picasso through its ambiguity, feet in the sawdust of the track and the head in the stars. The English amphitheater of Philip Astley: the origins of the circus in Paris With its round track, whose radius (13.5 meters) is determined by the length of the whip of the trainer, the traditional circus was originally a show of horse training. Its inventor is the Englishman Philip Astley, who became an entrepreneur in the entertainment business on his return from the Americas after the Seven Years' War, in 1763. The Philip Astley Riding School soon became a resounding success in London. His reputation even reached the ears of Louis XV, at a time when the French aristocracy fervently became infatuated with all that is English. This Anglomanian fashion adopted English clothing and even the French nobles started collecting English hunting dogs and horses. Louis XV invited Philip Astley to Paris in 1772, and Astley never left again. Philip Astley joins forces with Antonio Franconi, an Italian showman iving in France. Their flourishing association gives the circus its nobility and the Franconi became the first circus dynasty, presaging the rise of Bouglione, Zavatta, Medrano and Fratelli. Philip Astley and Franconi are both buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery, as it should be for French legends. Where to see circus shows in Paris? In Paris the circus amazes big and small: it does well in the City of Light. We are spoiled for choice: several theaters host international touring troupes, others, like Cirque d'Hiver Bouglione, have elected residency in Paris and regularly present their latest creation. For a complete list of circus performances, see the Officiel of events in the "Theatre" section, sub-section "Circus and other shows". The trail of Stars in all its splendor: the cirque d’Hiver Bouglione We cannot talk about circus’ in Paris without mentioning this institution. Rue Amelot, in the 11th arrondissement, the majestic Cirque d'Hiver is listed as a Historic Monument. It is the oldest "circus" in the world, if we mean by circus a building in solid dedicated exclusively to this entertainment. Its foundation is a characteristic of its time, the dazzling Second Empire, which dazzles with more flamboyant entertainment. It was Prince Napoleon Bonaparte himself, future Emperor Napoleon III, who inaugurated it in 1852. As tradition, the Cirque d'Hiver is firstly a theater of elaborate equestrian shows, prized by the aristocracy who enjoyed the prowess of beautiful horses trained with immense expertise. But soon the Cirque d'Hiver diversified its attractions, and became a real circus, with acrobats, jugglers, magicians, clowns, etc. It hosts many "world premieres": it is at Cirque d'Hiver that Jules Léotard, the first performance of the "flying artist", inventor of the trapeze took place in 1859. The Cirque d'Hiver was also the backdrop for Carol Reed's Trapeze film with Gina Lollobrigida, Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis. A film in which Achille Zavatta plays his own role, and where one of the characters is called Bouglione... Today, it remains the symbol of the prestigious traditional circus, and hosts many shows and meetings. It still belongs to the Bouglione family, who produce a new show every year. Until March 2018, it is Exploit (trailer here). Bouglione Winter Circus 110 rue Amelot, Paris 11th - metro Filles du Calvaire, line 8 - virtual tour of the circus on the Facebook page Annual circus meetings in Paris The circus feels at home in Paris: several annual events are full of pirouettes during venerable festivals, some of which exist, no less, for several decades. Circus Festival of Tomorrow, end of January – start of February The 39th edition of this prestigious festival will take place from 1st to 4th of February 2018, at Cirque Phénix, in the 12th arrondissement. Each year, young artists, advanced, but still little known come to present their latest creations in front of a demanding jury and a fascinated public. The most talented are rewarded with a prize that often helps propel them to the forefront of the international scene. Cirque Phénix, with 6,000 seats, is famous for big shows: apart from the Circus Festival of Tomorrow, it hosts throughout the year shows and creations. Its impressive vault, without any pillars, allows all the spectators to enjoy the spectacle without visual hindrance. Circus of Tomorrow Festival - Cirque Phénix, Reuilly Lawn, Paris 12 - Metro line 8 Liberté or Porte Dorée - +33 1 45 72 10 00 Animals are not allowed - Cirque Phénix, because of its powerful sound system, is not recommended for babies - available: noise reducing helmets and booster seats - accessible to people with reduced mobility (contact the circus a few days before your visit). The Atelier du Plateau is doing its circus, in October For three weeks in October, from Thursday to Sunday evening, the Atelier du Plateau is doing its circus, and this since 16 years. This series of shows focuses on new encounters and magical moments between circus artists and musicians, actors, dancers, clowns and acrobats. In an old factory with excellent acoustics, and which can accommodate aerial equipment under its ceilings even in height, improvisations and daring and creative weddings. L'Atelier du Plateau, 5, rue du Plateau, 75019 Paris - Jourdain metro - +33 1 42 41 28 22 - full price € 13, under 12 years € 6 - see the program of the 2017 edition. Village de Cirque, Reuilly Lawn, in October Every year in October, the Reuilly Lawn in the 12th arrondissement welcomes the Circus Village for a happy five-day festival. Under the big tent, the festival gives pride of place to young touring troupes, for astonishing performances of virtuosity and freshness, that one leaves with a big smile. Circus Village - Reuilly Lawn, Paris 12 - Porte Dorée Metro - see the program of the 2017 edition. Parade (s), street arts festival, Nanterre If you are in Paris in late May and early June, you must run to Nanterre to attend Parade (s), the festival of street arts. Every year for no less than twenty-eight years, this free festival opened to all, hosts dozens of artist companies. The 2018 edition will take place on June 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Parade (s) - Nanterre, all over the city - see the 2017 festival teaser.Read more