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October 2020

The Wine Issue

In this wine issue, find out how the natural wine movement arrived in the United States and visit the French wineries who hired celebrity architects Jean Nouvel, Christian de Portzamparc, Jean-Michel Wilmotte to design their cellars in an effort to entice a new clientele. You can also read our interview with film and media studies professor Malcolm Turvey about the comedic genius of French director Jacques Tati, discover the multifaceted career of designer Pierre Cardin, and meet Eugene McCown, the handsome American who took 1920s Paris by storm!

Featured Articles




“He Sought to Modernize Comedy by Democratizing It”

French director Jacques Tati is France’s answer to Charlie Chaplin. He enjoyed widespread acclaim in France and the United States, where he won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 1959 for My Uncle, a satiric take on contemporary society in the grips of newfound modernity and Americanization. Malcolm Turvey is a professor of film and media studies at Tufts University in Massachusetts and has had a lifelong admiration for the filmmaker, who is the subject of his most recent book, Play Time: Jacques Tati and Comedic Modernism.



Celebrity architect Christian de Portzamparc has created a cutting-edge building to showcase exceptional wine at the Château Cheval Blanc estate near Bordeaux. Other leading designers have also turned their hands to French vineyards, commissioned by wineries hoping to attract more visitors.




The Countless Lives of a Couturier

He dressed Naomi Campbell and Sharon Stone, designed the interior of a famous American sports car, stepped into Buzz Aldrin’s spacesuit, and posed bare-chested on the cover of Time. Pierre Cardin, the all-rounder, was the subject of a remarkable exhibition of his fashion creations at the Brooklyn Museum last year, and is now the focus of a U.S. documentary, House of Cardin, available on demand.



The Rogue of the Roaring Twenties

Thirty dollars. That is all Eugene McCown had in his pocket when he arrived in France in July 1921. Nevertheless, the young, Missouri-born American felt he was set for a bright future. He was just 23, a wildly talented musician and artist, and through the eyes of others, he discovered that he was incredibly handsome.


Table of contents


Bas les Masques ! The Anti-Mask Movement in France. By Anthony Bulger


Feeding the Muse: The Best Cookbooks for Francophiles. By Tracy Kendrick


Editorial: A Racial Election. By Guy Sorman

Malcolm Turvey: “Jacques Tati Sought to Modernize Comedy by Democratizing It.” By Guy Sorman

Three Questions for Stéphanie de Boüard-Rivoal. By Guénola Pellen


The Gentleman’s Style : La chemise sous toutes ses coutures. Par Julien Scavini


Demystifying Natural Wine. By Martin Gelin

The “Cellar Under the Hill.” By Jean-Gabriel Fredet


Recipe of the Month: Scalloped Potato Gratin. By Melissa Clark

Wine Pairing. By Nicolas Blanc


The Countless Lives of Pierre Cardin. By Clément Thiery

Eugene McCown: The Rogue of the Roaring Twenties. By Jérôme Kagan

Eric Vuillard: Giving a Voice to Public Wrath. By Sophie Joubert


The Observer: The Politics of Pronunciation. By Anthony Bulger

The Wordsmith: A la recherche du mot perdu. By Dominique Mataillet


Saint-Honorat: A “Prayer Bead” in the Ocean. By Gabriel Bertrand

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