How to watch films in France without going to the cinema

By Jen Wallace With the days of Blockbuster well and truly over, Netflix unavailable in France and the epidemic of dodgy pirated downloading online, ÉCU has researched alternative and 100% legal ways of watching your favourite movies in Paris. With an emphasis on French classics, rarities and independent cinema, here are 5 ways to watch […]

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The Living Theatre: A Day in the Life of Paris

By Jen Wallace and Marc Rickenbach On May 25, at Le Pavé d’Orsay, a narrow empty space tucked away in Paris’ 7th, we attended the Introductory Cocktail and Press hour celebrating the return of The Living Theatre to Paris after a twenty year absence. The following weekend, in collaboration with the Bilingual Acting Workshop, The […]

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Nan Goldin: Scopophilia at the Louvre

Nan Goldin’s photography slide-show at the Louvre gives new life to iconic artwork seen alongside personal photos from the artist’s private collection. It was completely by chance that I stumbled across Nan Goldin’s photography slide-show installation at the Louvre, which is part of Patrice Chéreau’s (the Louvre’s 2010 guest of honour) theme of ‘Faces and […]

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ÉCU team

Wondering who the hard-working people at ÉCU are? Check out the slideshow and find out! Make sure you click on more and click autoplay- it will enrich your viewing experience.

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Brune/Blonde at the Cinémathèque Française

Eyebrows were raised when the Cinémathèque Française announced its October – January exhibition ‘Brune/Blonde’, so Jen Wallace decided to pay a visit to see if hair in Cinema really was the cultural-talking point that the exhibition claimed it to be. Throughout cultural history, hair is something that has always defined an era and played an […]

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Parisian Landscapes: Cléo de 5 à 7 in the 14th Arrondissement

Bringing a feminine approach to the largely-masculine dominated cinematic era of the Nouvelle Vague, Agnes Varda has been a pioneer of French feminist cinema for over 40 years. Cléo de 5 à 7 traces 2 hours in a woman’s life as she travels around Paris anxiously awaiting medical test results. One of the key scenes […]

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Parisian Landscapes: The geography of Michael Haneke’s “Hidden”

by Jennifer Wallace Parisian landscapes are frequently manipulated by directors to create a self-contained world for the protagonists. In Michael Haneke’s ‘Hidden’, clues to unravelling the mystery of the film are deeply embedded in its location. Jen Wallace visits the Cité florale to unearth some answers. If you were to ask people what films they […]

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