Bettina Rheims Exhibition.. At Your Peril…

The Bettina Rheims photography exhibition at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in the Marais is showing until the 27th of March 2016.

You see it at your own peril… depending on your sensibilities.

The exhibition, which is curated by Vanessa Mourot, with the participation of Jean-Luc Monterosso, is a co-production with the Stockholm Fotografisca…

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Casablanca.. “We’ll Always Have Paris”…

“Play it… Sam…

Play… ‘As Time Goes By’ “…

The sublime “Ilsa” (Ingrid Bergman)… her expressive face… sad, tender, nostalgic… implored her former lover “Rick’s” (Humphrey Bogart) friend and house pianist Sam… to play their special song upon spotting him playing the piano… as she entered the establishment “Rick’s Café Americain”…

“Le tout Paris” and I… were bewitched, enthralled, and mesmerized watching the iconic film “Casablanca” yesterday night…

Magnificent… love…

Dazzling… passion…

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Twelve Shades.. of Shame…

“Twelve… Years…

A… Slave”…

Rather…

Twelve…. shades…

Of… shame…

How…

Did human psyche… dip into the depths of its…. pathological disintegration…

Why…

Was such demeanment… humiliation… and chilling cruelty… inflicted upon fellow humans…

The much praised 2013 period drama… an adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Soloman Northup… “Twelve Years a Slave”… was imposed upon us on the small screen… “la télé”…

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The Yearnings… of a Woman…

When… young…

Rummaging through much loved books… in an old musty library… I touched on a novel which fascinated me…

It was… “The Sheik”…

Not only did I read the book voraciously… I also watched the film starring… the incomparable “Rudolph Valentino” and Agnes Ayres…

Both left an indelible impression on me…

The novel is about a young British aristocrat… a Lady Diana Mayo… who is kidnapped by a dashing Sheik…

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