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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.


Art - Temporary Exhibitions


Scorsese: L'Exposition

The Making of
Martin Scorsese

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Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” (1976). © Columbia Pictures

Robert De Niro’s line “You talkin’ to me?” from Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver has entered the language as a popular catchphrase. In “Scorsese: The Exhibition” at the Cinémathèque Française, visitors may well have the impression that Scorsese is talking directly to them, so thoroughly are his life and work represented.

This intimate connection with the visitor may also be attributed to the fact that many of the director’s films, especially the early ones, had strong autobiographical components. Not only that, but Scorsese participated actively in the planning of the exhibition and contributed many personal documents and objects. His actual voice is also present throughout the show in documentary footage and recorded interviews. So be prepared for total immersion in his work.

While we visited the show, a friend and I were constantly exclaiming at clips of forgotten scenes in favorite films and wondering why we had never seen others, such as Boxcar Bertha (1972) or the early Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1968).

My friend, director and screenwriter Audrey O’Reilly, was especially fascinated by the documentation on the making of the films, including Scorsese’s notes and storyboards. The latter are surprisingly crude for such a

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From the storyboard for “Raging Bull” (1980).

great director and all the more charming for it. There is even a highly detailed comic-book-like storyboard for a Roman epic called The Eternal City dating from 1952, when the precocious Scorsese was only 11 years old.

As visitors relive the making of each film from every angle, they come across such gems as the New York City cabbie’s license DeNiro

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obtained to prepare for his role in Taxi Driver and a marvelous short film, The Key to Reserva, in which Scorsese “discovers” a few pages from a lost Hitchcock script and films it himself (I won’t say more here, but do watch it through to the end as it is a tour de force of Hitchcockian pastiche).

Another film that should not be missed is the extract from My Voyage to Italy, a documentary narrated by Scorsese in which he tells the story of his Sicilian grandparents’ arrival in Greenwich Village, illustrated by photos of the time and insightful anecdotes about their different personalities, and looks for his roots in Italian locations and cinema. (In Sicily, he learned that the family name was originally “Scozzese,” meaning “Scottish.”)

The exhibition investigates all the themes and obsessions that have influenced Scorsese’s work, from Catholicism, New York City and the

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Martin Scorsese during the filming of “New York, New York” (1977)mob to pop music and the relationships between brothers, and between men and women.

Homage is also paid to his dedication to preserving film stock and to other talents who have helped make his films what they are, from editors and composers to the designers of title sequences.

Those who are not Scorsese fans when they enter the exhibition will surely be converted by the time they leave. Luckily for them, the Cinémathèque is also holding a retrospective of all his films.

Heidi Ellison

Cinémathèque Française: 51, rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris. Métro: Bercy. Tel.: 01 71 19 33 33. Open Monday and Wednesday-Friday, 1pm-7pm (until 10pm on Thursday; Saturday-Sunday, 10am-8pm. Closed Tuesday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.Admission: €12.

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