Monday, January 03, 2011

Mae West: Paris Movie Museum

MAE WEST images are admired in France amid the memorabilia in a unique movie museum.
• • According to Vivian Thomas: In movie-mad Paris, the Cinémathèque Française and its founder, Henri Langlois, have been cultural icons since the 1930s. . . .
• • Vivian Thomas explains: Founded in 1936 and the first institution of its kind, the Cinémathèque is dedicated to rediscovering, restoring and conserving old movies and making them available to the public. Realizing that films, considered disposable commodities, were fast disappearing, Henri Langlois became the first film preservationist, starting with silent movies and begging, borrowing and literally stealing films to create his collection. . . .
• • Serpent-topped headdress worn by Mae West • •
• • Vivian Thomas adds: Early engravings of cityscapes twinkle with tiny pinholes of light and hands-on exhibits abound: turn a wheel and a seagull flies, spin a dial and a ballerina twirls, rotate a handle and dancer Loïe Fuller flutters her shimmering multicolored scarves like silken butterfly wings. Film posters from all over the world adorn the walls and costume displays sparkle with a serpent-topped sequin headdress worn by Mae West and Louise Brooks's spangled silver flapper dress. . . .
• • Cinemaphiles and armchair travelers will find many interesting details here — — so check out this fine article.
• • In Paris, Cinémathèque Française is presently located at 51 rue de Bercy.
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• • Article: "The Cinémathèque Française"
• • Byline: Vivian Thomas
• • Published by: France Today
• • Published on: 1 January 2011
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• • Photo: • • Mae West • • 1954 with Richard DuBois • •
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