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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.
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.
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.
BEYOND THE SEA
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.
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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FROM THE NEWSDESK
COME ON OUT
BEYOND THE SEA
San Diego-Tijuana by Chloé Jarry, Aude-Emilie Judaïque, and Anne-Laure Amilhat-Szary
A CANVAS, AN ARTIST
© Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc