March 28, 2013 |
"Renoir" is a lush, involving film that deals not with one Renoir but two, as well as the strong-minded woman who was a key player in both their lives. The year is 1915, the setting the gorgeous landscape of the French Riviera, and Renoir the father, the recently widowed 74-year-old Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste (the veteran Michel Bouquet), is hungry for inspiration. His son, future filmmaker Jean Renoir, is only 21, a wounded World War I veteran come home to the family compound at Cagnes-sur-Mer to convalesce.
March 28, 2013 |
The world of cinema mourned when Jean Renoir died in Beverly Hills in 1979 at the age of 84. One of the most influential directors of the 20th century, noted for such masterpieces as 1937's "Grand Illusion," 1939's "Rules of the Game" and 1945's "The Southerner," the French filmmaker was widely embraced by the young Turks of France's New Wave, including Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. But there was little notice seven months later when Renoir's first wife, Andree Heuschling, who acted in his silent films as Catherine Hessling, died in France at the age of 79. After their divorce in 1930, she soon retired from acting and drifted into obscurity.
February 25, 2012
Our travel group took a wonderful trip to the French Riviera in September. The best thing about the trip were the guides: Jean Bardot, of the American University of Paris, and wine and food expert Patrick Bulteau. They are leading a trip to Provence from May 25-June 7 that will combine the history and spectacular scenery of Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, Roman ruins and Van Gogh's art in Arles with wine tasting in the Rhône Valley. For more information, go to http://www.travelswithJeanandPatrick.com or call (775)
September 2, 2011 |
Boot camp on the Cote d'Azur? Yes, but it's more frill than drill at La Reserve Ramatuelle on the French Riviera. The resort, near St. Tropez, offers five days of early-morning yoga, fast-paced morning walks in the hills, spa treatments (balneotherapy, body wrap, jet shower and more) and, of course, meals. Healthful fare is prepared by a chef who uses local ingredients and flavors. Dates: Sept. 18-23 and Oct. 10-15. Price: $7,885 for September, $7,161 for October, based on the current exchange rate.
August 13, 2010 |
"Sexual intercourse began in 1963," the poet Philip Larkin said of the revolution that liberated women and changed the world. And nowhere was that revolution more on display, literally, than on the beaches of the French Riviera, where the first bare breasts appeared just a year later. Scandale ! Some local mayors prohibited it, and the Interior Ministry declared it illegal. But as anyone who has visited a French beach in the last 40 years will know, public opinion was stronger than the bureaucrats' protests.
February 7, 2010
Sometimes our biggest enemy in travel is not our time or our budget but our imaginations. For a moment, envision seeing the world through a prism that refracts the sights in a different way. There is the French Riviera, and then there is . . . the Albanian Riviera? By cruise ship? There is going to Carnival in Rio, and then there is . . . dancing with your samba school as part of the official celebration? In a costume? Yes, yes, yes and yes. Here are five ideas that can turn a traditional trip on its head.