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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Hélène Angel's Primaire. Cinéma Le Brady, Paris, Feb. 24

Virtual reality on show
> Virtuality will host speakers and networking sessions on this hot topice. Centquatre, Paris, Feb. 24-26.

Contemporary textile art
>Miniartextil is an exhibition of new textiles from around the world. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Feb. 22-March 19.

A barnyard in Paris

> The Salon International de l'Agriculture brings the best of the country's livestock and crops and the products made from them to Paris. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Feb. 25-March 5.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, March 1-April 13.

Paris semi-marathon
> Starts and ends on the Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, March 5.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Matthew Lancit's Flâneurs (Street Rambles). Cinéma MacMahon, Paris, March 3.

Literary conversations
> The festival New Writings, New Styles brings well-known Irish and French writers together to discuss contemporary literature in the two countries. Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, March 3-4.

Indian film scene
> The festival India Express takes a tour of new and classic films focusing on the subcontinent’s major cities. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 26.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 5.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.


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Linda McCartney: Retrospective 1965-1997

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Paris Update Linda McCartney

“Martha My Dear, London, 1968.” © 1968 Paul McCartney/Photographer: Linda McCartney

Linda McCartney may be best known for forming the post-Beatles band Wings with her husband, Paul McCartney, but before she hitched up with him in 1969 she was, as Linda Eastman, a celebrity photographer in her own right, hanging out with the raunchiest rock and pop stars of the Swinging Sixties. A retrospective of more than 200 of her black-and-white and color pictures is now showing at the Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier, through May 4.

Covering three decades, from 1965 through the year before her death from breast cancer in 1998, it includes intimate backstage portraits of stars like Jimmy Hendrix, Brian Jones, Jim Morrison and Janice Joplin. Another section shows later, more experimental work, while a collection of Polaroid snapshots offers a spontaneous, intimate look at her family life.

The exhibition, essentially an homage to Linda and Paul and the Britain of the 1970s, includes the iconic 1969 photo of the four Beatles crossing Abbey Road in London, the cover image of the group’s last recorded album, even though the picture was taken by Iain Macmillan, based on Paul McCartney’s idea.

Knighted and only slightly portlier now, Sir Paul popped in by private jet for 40 minutes to grace the opening. A heart drawn in the visitors’ book bears witness to the moment. For nostalgic survivors of those nicer naughty times, it’s a show worth seeing, not least as an excuse to visit a charming southern French city known for its fine cuisine (we recommend the restaurant L’Endroit). Claudia Barbieri