Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Dreyfus Affair and "Welcome to the Feast"

Today in class we discussed the Dreyfus Affair and its resonances in contemporary Paris, including the placement of a statue of Alfred Dreyfus on Boulevard Raspail rather than at the École Militaire, where Dreyfus underwent the ceremony of degradation depicted in this January 17, 1898 issue of Le Petit Journal:

Boulevard Raspail

This evening, the American Library in Paris screened the documentary "Welcome to the Feast," about the lives of expatriate English speakers in Paris.  In particular, the film sought to discover if the writers, filmmakers, actors, dancers, and musicians drawn to Paris by the romantic images of expat life, forged especially in the 1920s, were still passionate about the City of Light after years of living there.  The filmmaker John McNulty and several of those profiled in the film led discussion of the film after its showing.

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