At long last we have what we’ve been waiting for (the delay is all my fault): answers to our many questions from our Dear Professor, Pierre Capretz. I organized our questions, including my own, into five categories: I. biographical, II. creation and development of FIA, III. casting, IV. controversies, V. the future of FIA and VI. miscellaneous. We have answers to the first two categories below and the others are on the way. This is without doubt the best thing to ever happen to this blog and for FIA fans like us in a long time. I am so grateful to the Prof. Capretz for taking his time to inform us and humor us. He gives us some great insights into the early history of FIA. I tried to phrase my questions en français and my apologies to all real French speakers. J’attends avec impatience la suite! Lire la suite
Dear fellow FIA fans: I know I haven’t been the best at updating this blog. Mes excuses. But now, I feel, the culmination of all my years of loving French in Action is at hand and I have been floating on a cloud since Friday. The reason? J’ai reçu un email de notre prof, Pierre Capretz! He has graciously agreed to answer our questions. If you’ve been following the comments in our Discussion section, you know we’ve been talking about this for several months. The credit really goes to FIAfan Steve who emailed Dr Capretz a few months back and got the ball rolling on this. At that time I suggested in the Discussion comments that you send me your questions for the good professor and some of you have done this. But now this thing is really going to happen and I need each and every one of you to search your soul and give me your best questions for Professor Capretz. Pop in an FIA videocassette or DVD or watch an episode on the Annenberg site to whet your imagination. Send your questions in as comments to this article. (Don’t worry if your question doesn’t appear immediately; because of the volume of spam getting around the WordPress spam blockers, I now have to approve every comment before it appears.) I will take your questions, along with my own, put them into a semi-coherent order, and email them to him. I’ll post his responses as an article here on Mystère et boules de gomme.
Our correspondence and the comment form for you to leave your questions are below the fold: Lire la suite
We are sure your dad is proud of you! Here is a short bio of the daughter of FIA’s l’homme en noir, Jean-Claude Cotillard. You need to see La Vie en Rose (La Môme en français) if you haven’t yet. Even though she lip synced in the movie, she’s quite a good singer herself. Below she renders a line of "Padam" and farther below is Marion receiving the French César award for best actress on February 22. Yes, she remembers to thank Papa. Lire la suite
F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Henry Miller, Amedio Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Jean-Paul Sartre, Gertrude Stein…the list goes on and on of giants of the arts and letters who, when in Paris, sought out the peaceful setting of la Closerie des Lilas for their preferred beverage, a bite to eat, and inspiration.
But for us FIA fans, two names eclipse all these others when we think of the la Closerie: Robert Taylor and Mireille Belleau. It was at this hallowed spot that Robert and Mireille spent leçons 19–21 in animated conversation. It was here in Leçon 20 that Robert becomes a bit dérangé by Mireille’s rapturous description of her prof d’art grec…et paf, over goes his kir onto her skirt.
One morning last summer, my wife and I headed here for a rest after our perambulations through the Jardin du Lux. We hoped it would look as it had in FIA and we weren’t disappointed. Lire la suite
As you can tell, I changed up our look here at Mystère et boules de gomme. I did this over frustration with the way the old template (Tarski) screwed up the Discussion page. Comments were forced below the long list of links. (Other than that, I liked Tarski just fine.) With this template this issue is solved, while other nice features, like the organization of the links, are maintained.
Qu’en pensez-vous? Lire la suite
Was it at a recent meeting of 40 members of the Académie Française that the gender of "wiki" was decided? (C’est masculin.) One more infantryman in the invading army of foreign words the French have to deal with: in this case not an English word, but a Hawaiian one, that has come to mean a collaborative website that anyone can contribute to. (Did I end that sentence with a preposition?) In any case, FIAfans now has its own wiki via Wikispaces. Lire la suite
FIA is not only a "tour de force" of the French language, but it is also a grand tour of the most beautiful city in the world – Paris. Each of us fans probably has several sights and sounds from the series that are most memorable. Two of my favorites are the Fontaine Medicis in Luxembourg Garden: