Of course you've heard of "The Great Gatsby"! F. Scott Fitzgerald, the author of the famous book-turned-film was born as Francis Scott Fitzgerald. He is an American novelist, short story writer, and a playwright! A prominent writer during the Jazz Age, Fitzgerald is also known as one of the great “lost writers” of the Roaring Twenties ("les Années folles" or the "crazy years" in French) and has contributed famous works such as This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned,Tender Is the Night, and of course, The Great Gatsby, which has also been turned into several films, including the most recent directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
Amongst his famous novels F. Scott Fitzgerald also wrote successful plays such as The Vegetable From President to Postman, The Girl From Lazy J, and the screenplay of The Three Comrades. He was one of the few novelists to take risks with writing style at the time. Of course, every writer and playwright has their own inspiration and muse, and like many other international writers, Fitzgerald was in love with Paris. He was part of the American expat group who often made trips to Paris for inspiration, including fellow writer, Ernest Hemingway whom he initially met at Dingo Bar in Montparnasse. The two were often regulars at Café de la Rotonde, also located in Montparnasse, where we currently show Addition and Molière In Spite of Myself!
Fitzgerald's love for Paris can be seen among other great works, such as the film Midnight In Paris, in which Tom Hiddletson plays Fitzgerald, as well as in the novel, The Paris Wife by Paula McLain, who makes a reference to the author.
Have you read any of F. Scott Fitzgerald's works? Which one is your favourite?
As they say….. Better late than never! This was definitely the case for our #tenessetuesday french writer Marc Levy! Although his father, Raymond Levy, was also a known writer and later his sister, Lorraine Lévy became , Marc did not start out that way. He actually worked in the Red Cross and managed an architecture firm before he even wrote his first novel! But when he did write that first novel, If Only It Were True….. It was a smash hit! This book was translated into english as If Only It Were True If only it were true. This book was widely popular around the United States, so much so that the amazing film director Steven Spielberg got his hands the rights. Spielberg turned this novel into a box office hit as the movie Just Like Heaven with Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo. This was only the beginning of his career, he has now published a book almost every year since then! What a star!
Americans love Paris and some even become expats, but today for #musicalmonday there is one American in Paris we want to talk about. The musical "An American in Paris"! This romantic show tells the story of a man who wants to rebuild his life after World War II and decides to move to Paris to foster his love for painting with his friends. He meets a mysterious french ballerina named Lise who turns out to be the woman he has been encouraging his friend Henri to propose to! What a #love triangle!
We are incredibly honoured and excited to be nominated! Thank you so much, Expatriates Magazine ! What a perfect way to celebrate our #FrenchFriday!
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Happy National Chocolate Day! We hope you all are sinking your teeth into some Milk, White or Dark Chocolate in honour of arguably one of the best holidays. Today we are celebrating our #throwbackthursday to the film Chocolat directed by Lasse Hallström, starring Juliette Binoche, Johnny Depp, and Judi Dench. This popular film (in English despite its French title) tells the story of Vianne Rocher who is a chocolatier and goes around Europe with her daughter. When she settles in a small French village, she discovers that she does not fit in with everyone else. However, the power of chocolate seems to change everything!
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