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May 2022

Hollywood-sur-Mer

For the Cannes Film Festival, held this year from May 17-28, we take you to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, a legendary palace on the Mediterranean brimming with Hollywood glamor, and we bring you the story of Alice Guy, cinema’s forgotten pioneer: She was the world’s first female filmmaker and spent her life between Paris and New Jersey. Also in this issue, meet the French-Belgian chef at the helm of Fanny’s, the restaurant at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles, visit the Galignani bookstore – a mecca for Anglophone readers in Paris – and discover how a business-savvy Frenchman claimed the rights to the smiley 50 years ago.

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Featured Articles

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ENTREPRENEUR

FRANKLIN LOUFRANI

The French Smiley Emperor

The smiley was born in the United States, but a business-savvy Frenchman claimed the rights to it 50 years ago. Franklin Loufrani and his son Nicolas are now at the head of an international merchandising empire.

HERITAGE

THE EDEN-ROC

A Palace on the Mediterranean

While the tip of the Cap d’Antibes is an exceptional site renowned for its stunning natural setting, it actually owes its reputation to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, one of the most astonishing palaces on the French Riviera. A regular haunt for stars attending the Cannes Film Festival, held this year from May 17 through 28, it continues to fascinate the Hollywood smart set.

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BEYOND THE SEA

ALICE GUY

Cinema’s Forgotten Pioneer

Between 1896 and 1916, Alice Guy directed almost 700 movies, each one adored by increasingly large audiences in France and the United States. But despite the incredible success of her work, she was forgotten from the 1950s onwards. It now seems right to pay tribute to a woman whose only mistake was being ahead of her time.

PORTFOLIO

JEANNE DAMAS

All the Women in Her City

She can wear high-waisted jeans and vintage floral-print dresses like no one else, and never leaves the house without a touch of lipstick, which she applies with her fingers. Jeanne Damas, 30, embodies the new generation of Parisian women: trendy, slender, and cultured. An overused cliché, but one which she upholds in order to deconstruct it in a tribute to the women around her. Welcome to her world.

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Table of contents

FROM THE NEWSDESK

Mai Sottumesa: Is Corsica Headed for Independence? By Anthony Bulger

COME ON OUT

French Cultural Events in North America. By Tracy Kendrick

EDITORIAL

Democracies Win in the End. By Guy Sorman

INTERVIEW

Michael S. Neiberg: When the U.S. Supported the Vichy Regime. By Guy Sorman

THE OBSERVER

A Slip of the Ear: On Lapalissades, Malapropisms, and Mondegreens. By Anthony Bulger

DIPTYCH ICONS

Mount Vernon, France/Mount Vernon, Virginia. By Clément Thiery

ENTREPRENEURS

The French Smiley Emperors. By Clément Thiery

HERITAGE

The Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc: A Palace on the Mediterranean. By Jean-Gabriel Fredet

PERSPECTIVES

The Demographic Slowdown in France and the United States. By Dominique Mataillet

BEYOND THE SEA

Alice Guy: Cinema’s Forgotten Pioneer. By Jérôme Kagan

ALBERTINE DIARIES

San Diego-Tijuana by Chloé Jarry, Aude-Emilie Judaïque, and Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary

BON APPÉTIT

Raphaël François: Culinary Director. By Clément Thiery

Recipe: Prime Rib Baked in a Salt Crust

A CANVAS, AN ARTIST

Georges Braque, Studio with Black Vase. By Tracy Kendrick

FRENCH AMERICA

Castroville, Texas. By Anthony Lacoudre

CULTURE

Galignani: A Mecca for Anglophone Readers in Paris. By Jérôme Kagan

PORTFOLIO

Jeanne Damas: All the Women in Her City. By Clément Thiery

ICONIC

Cognac. By Clément Thiery

LITERATURE

Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises: A Tower of Babel in Haute-Marne. By Sophie Joubert

BOOK REVIEW

Camille Kouchner: Facing Down the Hydra. By Sophie Joubert

THE WORDSMITH

Ultracrepidarians, Think You Know Better? By Dominique Mataillet

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