À bout de souffle – the interview

Jean-Luc Godard (born 1930) may be one of cinema’s greatest names, but his films remain consistently abstruse and unseen by mainstream audiences. Continue reading


Hôtel Costes

The Hôtel Costes is a famous hotel in Paris, France. Located in 239 rue St-Honore, it is perhaps best known for its bar and courtyard café. Hôtel Costes also releases its own compilation lounge music CDs, which contain music played and mixed within by DJ Stéphane Pompougnac.


Jacques-Louis David

Image-maker to Napoleon. Political exile. Jacques-Louis David was the most famous—and controversial—artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825) was the most famous painter in Europe in the late 1700s and early 1800s. He breathed new life into history painting with his rigorously constructed compositions, which distilled complex stories to their essential elements. His spare, taut style influenced countless other artists in France and abroad. Passionately committed to artistic freedom and innovation, David experimented constantly with style and subject matter. Continue reading


Indochine is a French new wave/rock band, formed in 1981. The band was very successful in France in the 1980s, as well as other parts of continental Europe and Latin America, with songs like L’Aventurier and Canary Bay. Following the release of several critically acclaimed, but commercially unsuccessful, albums in the 1990s, the group returned to stardom with the release of Paradize in 2002. The band have sold over 10 million albums and singles, making them the best selling French band. Continue reading

Destutt de Tracy

Antoine Louis Claude Destutt, comte de Tracy (1754 – 1836) was a French Enlightenment aristocrat and philosopher who coined the term “ideology”. Although active in the Napoleonic government, he was important for his leadership of the ideologists, disciples of Condillac. This group contributed to such later psychological developments as the James-Lange theory of emotions. Starting from Condillac’s reduction of consciousness to the reception and combination of sensations, he developed a philosophy of education for post-Revolutionary France. Continue reading