THE FRENCH RIVIERA TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY OF JFK’S BIRTH

JFK aurait eu 100 ans cette année. JFK would have turned 100 this year.

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To celebrate the centenary of the birth of JFK, famed writer and producer Frédéric Lecomte-Dieu will be curating a one-off photo exhibition “John F. Kennedy 1917 – 2017” in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

The exhibition runs from the 15th to the 30th of May at the Mairie in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, one of the Kennedys’ favourite holiday destinations, and will shed light on the life and career of the most popular American president in history. Just one of the many events that will be organized in 2017 on the French Riviera in honour of JFK!

In parallel to the main exhibition, 100 captioned pictures will be available for 24 hours only on the centenary website. This temporary display will take place on the 29th of May, the actual birthday of the late president.

On the 21st of July, Lecomte-Dieu will present his one-man show, “Dallas ! On a tiré sur le président Kennedy” at the Palais de l’Europe in Menton. For an hour and a half, he will give a voice to some 10 characters, including Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert Kennedy, J.Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King, Pierre Salinger, and Richard Nixon, as they pay their respects to the 35th president as his coffin lies in repose in the East Room of the White House.

Lecomte-Dieu has been working as a biographer of the famous clan since 1995, in collaboration with the U.S. National Archives and the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. His extraordinary work has earned him praise from the highest levels of American government, notably during the 1998 exhibition, “Kennedy – The American Dream”. Since then he has continued to show his extensive collection of pictures throughout the world. The “Generation Kennedy” exhibition in 2001 at the Métropole Shopping Centre in Monte-Carlo attracted nearly 300,000 visitors. He is also regularly invited to speak at conferences, and is usually the first port of call for the French-speaking media each time there is some breaking news concerning the Kennedys.

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THE BEAUTIFUL AND THE DAMNED: THE TRAGIC LOVE STORY OF ZELDA AND SCOTT

Nouvel article pour Riviera Buzz (New article for Riviera Buzz)

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A tragic love story that still fascinates almost a century later, French author Renaud Meyer’s latest play Zelda and Scott is coming to the Riviera.

They had it all. He was a youngbrilliant and successful author whose most famous works, The Great Gatsby and Tender is the Night, are considered some of the greatest novels of the last century. She was a beautifulpopular and eccentric southern belle who grew up in a wealthy family and was indulged by her mother. And together, as a couple, they became the epitome of both the follies of the roaring 20s and the despair of the Lost Generation.

More than 90 years later, the story of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzerald still fascinates, and this is why Meyer chose them as the heroes of his latest play, simply titled Zelda and Scott, which is coming to the French Riviera this month. For two hours, the story takes us to New York where the two have just fallen madly in love and then moves to the terrace of a hotel in Cannes where the couple led a life of excess, before ending in a psychiatric hospital where Zelda is being treated for schizophrenia.

The play has all the required elements of a perfect drama: literary successes, a decadent lifestyle, acts of outrageous behaviour (they were regularly thrown out of hotels and the homes of friends), bouts with alcoholismjealousyinsanity… “Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy”, Fitzerald once wrote, and it seems like that is exactly what he and his muse managed to do with their own lives.

After a successful run in Paris, the play is now touring France and will stop in Monaco on the 9th of November and in Cannes on the 21st.

Just as Woody Allen’s latest movie Magic in the Moonlight pays tribute to our region at a time, the Jazz age, where it was the favorite playground of wealthy American and English expatriates, this great play reminds us of the flip side of paradise.

Zelda and Scott plays at the Théâtre Princesse Grace in Monaco at 3 pm on Sunday, 9th November and at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes at 8:30 pm on Friday, 21st of November.