NEWS: DECEMBER 2014
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On Thursday Vincent attended
the inauguration of the Leica Concept Store in Paris on the
rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. Of course, the
presence of Vincent in this world of photography is not a surprise
after all his exhibitions over the past three years. Italian cinema
icon, Claudia Cardinale, has been the muse of many photographers so
she was another guest. The opening coincided with the 100th
anniversary of the famous German camera.
While Vincent was keeping busy
through the holiday season, so was wife Karine. The first photo
shows her at Benjamin Didier's Photo Exhibition Preview on
December 11th. She's posing with Benjamin's mother, Yaguel Didier,
at 12 Drouot Galerie in Paris. The rest of the photos are from the
taping of Michael Drucker's TV show on December 10th. The honored
guest was Carla Bruni with Didier Barbelivien, Christophe Willem,
Jean-Paul Gaultier, Bob Geldof, Jacques Leibowitch and Karine.
The media splashed the news -
who was the girl at the Dolby Theatre accompanying Luc Besson
to the LA premiere of "Unbroken" on December 15th? Well, it
was Vincent Perez's niece - Thalia Besson. Yes, father and daughter
in front of the paparazzi, but they don't look happy.
The press wrote, "Only
thirteen... red lips... in a well-cut little black dress."
Heck, I was still playing with dolls at that age and didn't own a
black dress until I was 18 and I still refuse to show cleavage!
The press claims the girl is typically into social media posting
oodles of photos of herself and friends in places like Instagram,
Facebook and Twitter. We already know that. Anyway, the child that
caught my eye that evening was an eight-year-old girl (wannabe boy)
named Shiloh. She could take your breath away, but then her parents
happen to be Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. Poor director Mom had the
chicken pox so had to miss the gala event.
International Film Festival (JDIFF) is Ireland's premier feature
film festival and is held every March. Festival director Grainne
Humphreys has just announced that JDIFF will host the Irish premiere
of THE PRICE OF DESIRE.
Director Mary McGuckian responded, "It's an absolute honor that
JDIFF has chosen to program The Price of Desire at the
festival. Orla Brady, who plays Eileen Gray, and Vincent Perez, who
plays Le Corbusier, share my delight at the news. We all agree that
it is entirely fitting for Eileen Gray's film to premiere in
Ireland." Although Gray's ideas reflected many of the
trends, debates and dilemmas of the early 20th century in design and
architecture, her legacy of buildings and furniture is small in
comparison to that of her contemporaries. The period drama focuses
on the controversial belief that the avant-garde designer's
contribution to modern architecture was effectively effaced by Le
Corbusier, the genius who many credit as the most important
architect of the last century.
The film highlights Gray's
tumultuous professional and personal life. She is shown to be a
great admirer of Le Corbusier's architecture and, quite clearly, her
creation of her villa called E1027 is based on his famous Five
Points of Architecture manifesto. The charismatic,
Romanian-born architect Jean Badovici is also a key character
(played by Francesco Scianna) and counts among Gray's romantic
interests. According to historians, Gray didn't much care for
monogamy and was known to be bisexual so keeping up with her
partners was no easy task. Canadian singer Alanis Morissette will
portray one of her lesbian lovers, a French night-club singer named
Maria Damia. Considering the high-minded subject matter, one can assume the film
will capture the attention of a limited audience.
I'm going to call this series
of photos - "A day in the life of an artist".
You can see from the two
photos of the "real" Le Corbusier below that the filmmakers
were trying to duplicate actual photos. The man obviously had an
aversion to clothing! Alastair Gordon, Contributing Editor for
Architecture and Design for the Wall Street Journal, writes,
"Between 1934 to 1956, Badovici had the house to himself and
frequently invited Le Corbusier and his wife to visit. This is when
the imposition, the so-called 'rape' of the house began. There’s a
group of grainy photographs, recently uncovered, that shows Le
Corbusier lounging around the house in his underwear, or naked, or
in pajamas. The snapshots must have been taken some time before
World War II and there’s something vaguely pornographic and
onanistic about the way he’s lying on the divan in the living
room... drawing something on a table while his foot is propped on a
stool, or posing in front of one of the murals."
It's that time of the year
again for the Gucci Paris Masters. Here are a couple photos
taken yesterday. To celebrate the annual Gucci Masters Show-Jumping
competition, the Italian fashion house hosted a luncheon for some of
its riders and a host of French celebs, which, besides Vincent,
included Princess Caroline of Monaco, Charles Berling, Jessica
Springsteen (daughter of Bruce Springsteen) and Anthony Delon. In an
interview, Vincent told the press he'll be opening a photo exhibit
at the Galerie Cinéma in Paris on January 8th. He added, "It’s all
portraits, including self-portraits." For an interview regarding his
current photo exhibition in Monaco,
visit this link.
Yesterday Vincent attended the
opening of Julian Lennon's exhibition, featuring fourteen
rare portraits of Princess Charlene of Monaco, who posed for Lennon
minutes before her civil wedding on July 1, 2011. The exhibition is
being held at the ArtCube Gallery in Paris until January 15, 2015.
Also on display alongside pictures of Charlene are landscapes that
Lennon loves to immortalize. The two men became friends through
their enthusiasm for photography on the set of "The Price of
Desire". In October Stoney Road Press announced the release of
a limited edition set of prints by Lennon featuring the cast
of the film.