Now Playing at Studio 28

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Look up from the bottom of rue Tholozé, in Montmartre, and you’ll see the Moulin de la Galette, one of 2 remaining windmills in the 18th. Renoir’s painting of the same name hangs in the Musée D’Orsay.

At nº10, rue Tholozé, is Studio 28—another delightful, if less well known, surprise. The movie theater is named for the year it opened as an experimental theater. Truffaut and Cocteau presented work here, and Cocteau designed the lamps inside.

All films are played in VO, Version Originale, i.e. their original language. Non-French films are never dubbed; all other language films are subtitled in French.

Don’t speak French? English language films offer a great opportunity to experience the theater (and, if you want, to improve your French by reading the subtitles.) Playing this week, in English, is Lincoln; coming soon are Hitchcock, Les Miserables, and The Life of Pi.

Check the schedule, and if you can’t make a film, their lovely cafe/bar opens in the afternoon.

2 Ballets at Opéra Garnier

Two new ballets grace the grand stage at Opéra Garnier this fall. In September, Phèdre et Psyché brings together two Russian choreographers inspired by French music. Serge Lifar blends theater and dance to create an imaginative ballet based on the Greek myth Phaedra – with sets and costumes by Jean Cocteau. The legend of Psyche is a world premier with Alexei Ratmansky’s interpretation of César Franck’s poem for orchestra and chorus, and featuring the Radio France chorus.

In October and November it’s La Source. The story, originally created for the Paris Opera in 1866, contrasts the real world of that period with the realms of elves, nymphs (the title refers to a spring). The ballet stars les Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet – the top dancers from the Paris ballet company. Jean-Guillaume Bart brings the forgotten repertoire work back to life. Christian Lacroix designed the costumes.

I have tickets to both – can’t wait!