Fred Astaire in the Champs Elysées (1961)

Fred Astaire in the Champs Elysées, 1961. Photo by Willy Rizzo, italian photographer for Paris Match.

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Fred Astaire on the Champs Elyséees 1961 Willy Rizzo

Jacques Rivette in Reims, France.

We kick off the month with Jacques Rivette!
Although François Truffaut has written that the New Wave began “thanks to Rivette,” the films of this masterful French director are not well known. He is the director of “La Belle Noiseuse”(1991), “Va Savoir” (2001) and “Celine and Julie Go Boating”(1974). Check out these portraits of him by Martine Franck at the Museum of French Monuments, in front of a sculpture of the door of the Reims Cathedral! Franck was a well-known Belgian documentary and portrait photographer, and the second wife of Henri Cartier-Bresson. A member of Magnum Photos for more 32 years, Franck was also co-founder and president of the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation.
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Martine Franck2 Museum of French Monuments. In front of a sculpture of the door of the Reims Cathedral by martine franck riv

Jim Jarmusch by Nicolas Guerin!

Jim Jarmusch no introduction needed, by Nicolas Guerin. 
Guerin is “a guy living near Paris who loves cinema and enjoys taking pictures. He owns a studio in Montreuil.” (http://www.nicolasguerin.com/bio).
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A portrait of Wong Kar Wai

Wong Kar Wai by french photographer Denis Rouvre. Undated.
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Gérard Depardieu by Andy Warhol (1986)

Always fascinated by film stars, Andy Warhol did in 1986 this little tribute to Gerard Depardieu, which was later sold (along with all its versions) in Paris.

Andy WARHOL – Gérard Depardieu – (1986) Sérigraphie en couleurs sur papier. 28,5 x 21 cm

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Catherine Deneuve is the face of Chanel Number 5 (70s)

In 1972Catherine Deneuve signed the Manifesto of the 343 (Manifeste des 343 salopes, Manifest of the 343 bitches):  The manifesto was an admission by its signers to have practiced illegal abortions, and therefore, exposed themselves to judicial actions and prison sentences.It was published in Le Nouvel Observateur on 5 April 1971.
That same year, feminist lawyer Gisèle Halimi founded the group, Choisir (“To Choose”), to protect the women who had signed the Manifesto of the 343, which include Romy Schneider and many other stars.

Yet this political stance did not stop Deneuve from becoming, all through the 70s, the face of the celebrated perfume “Chanel number 5”.

Here are some ads from that period, from 1970 till 1977.
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Last Year in Marienbad (1961) : My top 5 posters

Alain Resnais’ masterpiece “Last Year at Marienbad” (1961) is indeed one of many great works he delivered throughout the years. Along with “Hiroshima mon Amour” (1959), it is surely one of the director’s most known work.

Let us check out how the film got presented, through its posters, in France, Germany, Japan and Poland…

This first image is a poster painted by Ercole Brini (1913-1989), born in Rome, whose work ranges from Rear Window to The Bycicle Thief. His work is characterized by strong brush strokes together with a very distinct water-color style.

This Last Year in Marienbad is one of his distinguished works.

German poster: Letztes Jahr in Marienbad. Illustrated by Hans Hillmann 

German poster: Letztes Jahr in Marienbad. Illustrated by Tostmann (no mention of first name)

Japanese poster: Last Year at Marienbad (unknown illustrator)

Polish poster: Last Year at Marienbad. Illustrated by Wiktor Sadowski in 1992. 

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