It’s official!

NOTE: REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY OCTOBER 22 !

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une réunion à Yale !

I’m breaking the news before it’s official, but word is that a French in Action reunion WILL happen at Yale University October 29-31.  Charles Mayer left a message in the Discussion section last week. I shot an e-mail off to the Professor to ask if it were true and today I received a response.

Professor Capretz writes:
Yes, indeed, we are planning a FIA Reunion for October 29-31 in Yale, because of you: visitors to your blog have suggested it.
Of course everybody interested will be welcome. We will mail an announcement and, of course will send a message to your blog as soon as the plans are fairly definite. At this time we expect « Mireille » and « Robert » to be present as well as many members of the old gang. We are thinking of talking about how FIA got to happen, having a round-table about learning and teaching with FIA, showing some  students brilliant and funny accomplishments in Reinvention de l’histoire, and showing how FIA is going interactive. We will welcome any suggestions that you and visitors to your blog would be kind enough to  send.

Don’t keep him waiting, send in your suggestions as comments below!

However, on a very worrysome note, Prof Capretz  relates that he’s recuperating from recent heart problems.  I know all FIA fans join me in wishing him a speedy recovery.  I hope it will do his heart good to see and meet many of us for whom FIA has been hugely important and useful in our lives!

Here’s a suggestion: how about a FIA Halloween party (all 80’s music, of course) with prizes for the best FIA look-alikes?

Hope to see you in New Haven, Connecticut at the end of October!

Robert and the weatherman

Hey FIA fans, after watching Leçon 32 for the umpteenth time, I note this detail that ought really to be added to the FIA Fans Wiki entry for this episode.  (Anyone care to help resurrect the wiki?)  At the beginning of the teleplay, Robert, perdu comme toujours, gets directions to the Belleau household from a guy on the street who a short time later is seen presenting the weather on the Belleau’s television.  It was clear that this was the cameo of someone well known, at least to the French. There is no credit at the end, but I listened to Professor Capretz say the man’s name during his review of the dialogue and got it close enough to Google it. (Of course I could have just looked at the text of the dialogue.) He is Alain Gillot-Pétré and he was France’s most famous TV weatherman at the time and apparently much beloved. Unfortunately he died in 1999 when he was just short of 50 years old.

Professeur Capretz et ses réponses à notres questions, Partie Deux

Dear FIAfans,

Here, in part two of this Mystère et Boules de Gomme blog exclusive, are Pierre Capretz’s answers to the remainder of our questions on casting and production of FIA, controversies surrounding FIA and its future.  Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and of course a huge thank you to Professor Capretz for his willingness to answer them for us!  Lots of great stuff below, including information on a possible French in Action reunion on which Prof asks us for input, so please provide it!   Enjoy and leave comments!

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Professeur Capretz nous répond !

capretz1At 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

Demandez au professeur !

pierre_web 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

Felicitations, Marion!

marion_cotillardWe 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

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