Danton's excellent, and Gerard Depardieu is, in my opinion BORN to be Danton. He's brilliant. But I came out of it wanting to learn more about Desmoulins, actually - which I simply must do, once school ends.
La Revolution Francaise - you mean the miniseries with Jane Seymour as Marie Antoinette? I watched the first part, and was squeeing the whole way through (it starts out with 10-year-old Robespierre and Desmoulins standing in the rain and mud, giving an address to the King and Queen, securely sequestered in their posh carriage. Your heart just melts.) But then the other parts didn't have English subtitles, and my French just isn't up to watching a French movie without subtitles. If the words are written down, I function pretty well - I got LM out in French from the library, and read the about half of the barricade scenes with little issue. It's just speaking and listening that I fall apart on. Ah, well, c'est la vie.
That's awesome, my friend. I must do that...my parents wouldn't flip out like your dad did, I don't think, but I'd love to see their reactions. They've both been to France dozens of times, and love the country dearly. But they prefer the monarchy in a serious way and I, needless to say, love the Republic. So that's another source of contention.
Another Beethoven fan? Yippee! Moonlight Sonata is my absolute favourite. I do love Clair de lune too, though - but I loved it WAY before Twilight came along and ruined it.
Oh, man, that sounds like heaven. A classmate went to France with her family, and came back a week ago. All she has to say? "The weather was so nice!" GAH! She doesn't even remember whether or not she went to the Louvre! She can't stand the food, she thought the chateaux were too showy ("Why didn't, like, the people who lived there just go to IKEA?"), and, worst of all - she was trying to be all cool, and talk about Napoleon. She had watched "Hornblower", where he's only referred to as "Boney". She got it mixed up, and started talking about "that guy Boner, you know, like the emperor dude who started the revolution?" I was ready to throttle her.
But I do love hearing intelligent LM fans talk about their travels in Paris...I honestly need to spend about 6 months there, just living and walking the city. I'll have to finagle my way into a study abroad there.
Yeah, he's just pure prettiness. I don't know if he could work for Montparnasse...he doesn't have any glare of sinister in him. He needs to be in our movie, though...
There was a beautiful blonde boy on "Monroe" a few weeks ago...he was so pretty and androgynous-looking. (His character was a smoker with a collapsed lung, definitely not one of our boys. But he's hopefully versatile) I can't find his name or picture, though...gah! Still, if you go to the below link, and skip to 27:40, you can see him. The character is a bit of a creep, but the actor is lovely-looking.http://www.megavideo.com/?v=E5PPVB3B
Maybe I will write that, once school ends. That would actually be sort of fun...
Oh, book suggestions - I've got loads. Anything by Rousseau, obviously. He's brilliant. George Sand is excellent too - I just finished "Horace" and loved it. The Red and the Black, by Stendhal. Oh, and Balzac too - Pere Goriot is my favourite, but just about anything is good. Hmm...non-French books, I'd recommend Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky, and anything by Tolstoy. For period dramas, no one can beat Elizabeth Gaskell - North and South, and Wives and Daughters, are both utterly amazing. And their heroes are amazing. N&S's hero, John Thornton, is a rough Yorkshire mill owner, and W&D's hero, Roger Hamley, is the loveliest underdog you could ever hope to meet. They're both great. For something a bit lighter, I suggest Bill Bryson. He writes a mix of travel books/commentary on American vs. British society. He's very clever and snarky and witty, and it's just a joy to read. "Notes from a Big Country" and "Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid" are my favourite.
I'll stop there, because I'll just go on and on for pages.