MARGUERITE – THE TONE DEAF BARONESS HITS ALL THE RIGHT NOTES

Petite critique ciné pour Riviera Buzz. Little movie review for Riviera Buzz.

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Money can buy many things, but, sadly, not talent. Just ask a tone-deaf baroness with aspirations of becoming an opera singer.

Xavier Giannoli’s latest movie Marguerite tells the very story of this rich baroness, portrayed by chameleon actress Catherine Frot.

Loosely based on the life of American soprano Florence Foster Jenkins, Giannoly’s film is a crowd-pleasing, yet tragic, fable about the drive to succeed against all odds. Foster Jenkins, a wealthy socialite born in 1868 in Pennsylvania, decided to run away to New York to follow her dream after her father forbade her from performing in public. She studied voice for some time, hosted charity fundraisers attended by well-heeled society types where her singing was usually the main attraction, and finally achieved, at the age of 76, her lifelong dream of performing at Carnegie Hall’s Recital Hall on October 25, 1944.

A circle of devoted friends surrounded her, though none had the courage to tell her the truth about her horrendous performances. For years her annual galas would remain a popular fixture on the New York social calendar. Foster Jenkins was convinced that her voice was beautiful, and simply dismissed the haters who dared criticize her or laugh during her galas. Even though she remained blissfully and utterly convinced of her ability until the end, she also once declared in a rare moment of lucidity “people may say I can’t sing, but no one can ever say I didn’t sing.”

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Florence Foster Jenkins may quite possibly have been the worst opera singer ever, but to quote Cecil Parkinson ‘it is better to be a has-been than a never was’. Despite her obvious lack of talent, she still remains a very hot topic of conversation to this day.

While the movie Marguerite has just been released in France, Stephen Frears is also working on his own biopic of this eccentric character, which will feature Oscar-winning actress Meryl Street and shall hit theaters in 2016.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES WITH CŒUR DE PIRATE THIS NOVEMBER IN CANNES

Coeur de pirate sera en concert à Cannes en novembre et tous les détails sont dans Rivieria buzz. Coeur de Pirate will be in concert in Cannes this November and all the details are in Riviera buzz.

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Béatrice Martin, aka Cœur de Pirate, is coming to the Palais des Festivals in Cannes this November, in support of her new album.

Already a musical icon in her home province of Quebec and also in France, popular pop singer Cœur de Pirate is getting ready to conquer the world with her new offering, Roses, and a new tour that will take her to Cannes on the 15th of November.

This is the third full-length album from the Montreal-based artist, but the first in which the majority of the songs – 7 out of the 11 tracks to be precise – are in English. It is also her most personal work.

Martin may be only 25, but a lot has already happened to her, and on many levels, since her overnight success with the release of her self-titled debut album just seven years ago. Her classic piano sound, her sensitive lyrics and her distinctive voice have earned her a huge fan base in the French speaking world, as well as many awards – Juno awards, Felix awards and Victoires de la musique.

Her marriage to French tattoo artist Alex Peyrat and the birth of their daughter, Romy, three years ago, has also helped her achieve emotional maturity. All these events are perfectly reflected in Roses which offers a strong collection of radio-friendly songs that range from a tune about a painful breakup (Oublie-moi and its English version Carry On) to a moving tribute to the singer’s mother who taught her to play the piano (Drapeau Blanc).

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Produced by three big names on the international music scene – Bjorn Yttling who has worked with Franz Ferdinand, Chrissie Hynde and Lykke Li, Rob Ellis, the man behind some of PJ Harvey and Marianne Faithful’s hits, and Ash Workman who has previously lent his talent to Christine and the Queens, this new effort definitely has a more positive vibe than its two predecessors, and should appeal to audiences all over the globe.

In some ways a bilingual album is a risky move, but for a young artist who dreams big and does not want to lose her French identity, it makes perfect senses.

Cœur de Pirate plays the Palais des Festivals in Cannes on Sunday, 15h of November 2015 at 7:30pm. Tickets range in price from 21 € to 30 € and may be purchased online or from all usual outlets.

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès
1, bd. de la Croisette
06400 Cannes

All images courtesy Cœur du Pirate website

HAVE THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE WITH SOME DIRTY DANCING IN NICE

La comédie musicale Dirty Dancing arrive en France et c’est dans Riviera Buzz. The Dirty Dancing musical is coming to Nice and it is in Riviera Buzz.

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Dust off your dancing shoes for the sizzling musical extravaganza “Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story on Stage” this October at the Nikaia in Nice.

Adapted from the successful movie of the same name, the show has all of the elements of the timeless coming of age love story that has enchanted scores of women, and a few men too, for decades. Not surprising really, as both were written by Eleanor Bergstein. Since its creation in 2004, the stage version has been seen by millions during its ongoing global tour, so the local audience is sure to be in for a real treat.

Featuring more than 20 actors, all of whom are professionally trained dancers, and the amazing choreography of Craig Wilson, the spectacular musical takes you back to the Summer of 1963 as the young Frances “Baby” Houseman arrives with her family for a three-week vacation in the Catskill Mountains. After witnessing dance instructor Johnny Castle perform steamy numbers with his partner, she feels a new passion awakening in her and soon, she will not only learn how to move, she will also find true love.

The stage adaptation of Dirty Dancing follows the film’s dialogue almost word for word. Even those who have never seen the original movie featuring Jennifer Gray and the late Patrick Swayze, will be familiar with the soundtrack that has sold over 44 million copies worldwide, and includes hits such as She’s Like the Wind, Hungry Eyes, This Magic Moment and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life. Some of these songs are performed live by the onstage orchestra while other are pre-recorded, with some 30 songs keeping this high-energy jukebox musical moving for 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Dirty Dancing: the Classic Story on Stage” runs from Thursday 8th to Saturday, 10th October 2015. Tickets range in price from 20€ to 79€ and can be purchased through all the usual outlets or reserved online.

And remember, nobody puts Baby in a corner!

CONTACT DETAILS
Palais Nikaïa
163, boulevard du Mercantour
06200 Nice 

ENTER THE JOYFUL WORLD OF HENRI MANGUIN AT THE MUSÉE BONNARD

Article sur la belle expo consacrée à Henri Manguin au musée Bonnard pour Riviera buzz. Article about the nice Henri Manguin exhibit at the Musée Bonnard for Riviera Buzz.

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The Musée Bonnard is paying tribute to Henri Manguin with the beautiful exhibit “Un fauve chez Bonnard”, running until 31st October.

Considered one of the founding fathers of Fauvism, Henri Manguin is best known for his Mediterranean landscapes inspired by long stays in Saint Tropez with Paul Signac.

A contemporary of Henri Matisse, Albert Marquet, Georges Rouault and Jean Puy with whom he studied in Gustave Moreau’s studio at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, Manguin, who was born in 1874, has always been influenced by the works of the Impressionist and post-Impressionist painters such as Renoir, Monet and Cézanne, witnessed in his constant use of bright colours.

His paintings are indeed vibrant, passionate and joyful, thanks to the presence of dazzling hues (oranges, reds, and the like) and his use of strong lines. Despite spending most of his life in the French capital or on the road – Switzerland, Belgium, Italy – Manguin was fascinated by the light, the vegetation, the landscapes and the way of life of the South of France.

Moreover, if he never adopted the pointillist style of Signac, the artist was convinced that the colours were as important as the subject matter itself, and always avoided unnecessary details, preferring simplified forms instead.

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Describing himself as the painter of a happy life, Manguin depicted women, landscapes and still life with flowers to create a real world of beauty and gaiety. He really became famous in 1905 when his works, displayed at the “Salon d’Automne” in the same room as many other Fauvist artists, known as “La Cage aux Fauves”, were hailed by the critics.

He later became an associate of that salon to whom he remained loyal until the end of his career, and went on to exhibit his paintings abroad. In 1924, he also worked on the decoration of the newly built Musée de l’Annonciade inSaint Tropez.

Manguin died in 1949 in Saint Tropez, shortly before permanently moving there. Today, his paintings can be found in many museums around the world such as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Hermitage museum in Saint Peterburg or the Palazzo Ruspoli in Rome.

The exhibit, “Henri Manguin, un fauve chez Bonnard” runs until the 31st of October at the Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet.

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