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The Louvre lights up. © Paris Update


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


Paris Update Exhibition Notes



Portrait of Pascal (1677-81) by Jean Domat.

“Pascal, le Cœur et la Raison,” at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (François Mitterrand), may not be the sexiest exhibition currently on show in Paris, but it is definitely worth visiting before it closes on Jan. 29. Devoted to the mathematician, scientist, polemicist and religious philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-62), this intelligently curated display covers all aspects of this remarkable man’s life and is dominated, as one might expect, by books and manuscripts. As a specialist in Pascal, I was particularly thrilled to see the original manuscript of his unfinished masterpiece, the Pensées, but there is also a wealth of other material, including portraits, paintings, etchings on religious subjects by Rembrandt (somewhat irrelevantly), brilliant interactive exhibits and one of the actual calculating machines invented by Pascal,


The "Pascaline" calculating machine.

together with a fascinating video demonstration of how the machine works. Unfortunately, the exhibition caters only to French speakers; anglophones with little or no French will struggle with it. The show’s catalogue, by the way, is excellent. Nick Hammond