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Portrait of Cardinal Richelieu by Philippe de Champaigne (about 1635) Actress Catherine Deneuve Films and Filmmakers Paris has always been at the heart of French cinema. The prewar and immediate postwar classics were usually made on the sets of the Boulogne and Joinville studios, where whole areas of the city were reconstructed, such as the Canal St-Martin for Marcel Carné’s Hôtel du Nord. Jean-Luc Godard and other New Wave directors preferred to shoot outdoors. Godard’s A Bout de Souffle (1960) with Jean-Paul Belmondo and Jean Seberg was filmed in and around the Champs-Elysées.

St-Sulpice (p174) was completed in 1776. The Catacombs These were set up in 1785 as a more hygienic alternative to Paris’s cemeteries (see p181). Le Procope (p142) is the oldest café in Paris. It was frequented by Voltaire and Rousseau. Pompadour dies street lamps 1760 c. 1760 Place de la Concorde, Panthéon, and Ecole Militaire built 1774 Louis XV, great grandson of Louis XIV, dies 1757 First oil Emile and the Social Contract published paints the Oath of the Horatii supports American independence 1770 1762 Rousseau’s 1785 David 1778 France 1764 Madame de Rousseau, philosopher and writer, believed that humans were naturally good and had been corrupted by society.

Occupied Paris Paris was under occupation for most of World War II. The Eiffel Tower was a favorite spot for German soldiers. Josephine Baker Arriving in Paris in 1925, the outlandish dancer catapulted to fame in “La Revue Nègre” wearing nothing but feathers. Living space was made into a picture gallery. Stilts supported the concrete shell. Sidney Bechet In the 1930s and 1940s, the jazz clubs of Paris resounded to the swing music of black musicians such as saxophonist Sidney Bechet. La Roche Villa By Le Corbusier Made from concrete and steel, with straight lines, horizontal windows, and a flat roof, this house (1923) epitomized the new style.

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