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Built on a bend of the river Marne in the early 18th century, the Château de Champs-sur-Marne is the archetypal leisure mansion. Owned in turn by the Princess of Conti, the Duke of La Vallière and the Marquise de Pompadour, the Château de Champs played host to some famous guests, including Diderot, d’Alembert and even Voltaire.

In the 19th century, Louis Cahen of Antwerp restored it to the splendour it possessed before the Revolution; he restored the Château in the spirit of the Age of Enlightenment and filled it with exceptional furniture crafted by the leading names in French cabinet-making. His guests included Marcel Proust, Isadora Duncan and the King of Spain Alfonso XIII… The Estate became the property of the State in 1935, then the presidential residence from 1959 to 1974 and welcomed France’s most prestigious guests.

Champs and the cinema

The Château de Champs-sur-Marne boasts some exceptional pieces of furniture and interior decoration reflecting its illustrious past. The grounds, awarded the ‘Remarkable gardens of France’ label, are in a leafy setting of 85 hectares of parkland, where the French-style garden ornaments cohabit harmoniously with the meadows and mature trees of an English-style park.

This remarkable setting has been the inspiration for set designers and film directors for many years. The estate has thus provided the set for more than 80 long and short feature films, and has played host to some famous French and international actors, such as John Malkovich and Glenn Close in ‘Liaisons Dangereuses’ by Stephen Frears (1986), Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie-Antoinette’ (2006), or Gérard Depardieu in Roland Joffé’s ‘Vatel’ (1999)

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Jessie Wender:

In the summer of 2010, Jonas Unger was commissioned by ZEITmagazin to photograph Gérard Depardieu at his château in the Loire Valley. I fell in love with these intimate, energetic photographs when I saw them, earlier this month. They’re an exciting way to see Depardieu—hair to the wind, flying on his scooter. Unger spoke to me about his experience photographing the French actor: http://nyr.kr/Yd27zN

I dunno, guys.

Everyone goes on about how the Romeo and Juliet balcony scene is the most romantic scene in drama but they obviously never read/saw Cyrano de Bergerac. 

There is SO MUCH MORE GOING ON in Cyrano’s balcony scene. 

EXPLANATION: So the Cyrano in this play is based on a real person and this is a crazy romanticised version of him. He’s a poet, swordsman and general polymath who’s a boss at everything and unashamed to show people that. But he has a flaw which I relate to (kind of…not really to a large extent but enough to make me cry). He feels a crippling insecurity about his massive nose (I don’t relate to the nose bit, just the general sense of undesirability). That sounds really funny and it is at first but when you realise that he’s been in love with his friend Roxanne for years it’s not so funny. He believes that Roxane could never love him because of his ugliness which, he believes, makes him unlovable. He never blames Roxane for this, or pressures her into anything, which suggests that he truly loves her and respects her. That’s so damn rare in old literature, let me tell you that right fucking now.

SO ANYWAY. Roxane falls in love with this young hot dude called Christian who’s got no poetic talent whatsoever and that so happens to be what Roxane deems most important in a partner. Because she has her heart set on Christian, Cyrano agrees to write letters to her in Christian’s name to help a brother out, keep Roxane happy the only way he knows how and give himself a chance to pour out all the feelings he has for her. When Christian almost gives himself away as a witless twit, they decide to serenade her at her balcony with Christian being prompted by Cyrano. 

AND THE REST OF THE BALCONY SCENE MAKES ME CRY EVERY FUCKING TIME BECAUSE HE’S BEEN WAITING TO SAY ALL THIS FOR SO LONG YET HE STILL CAN’T TELL HER AND OH GOD WHY WON’T HE JUST TELL HER? FUCK. YOU FLAUNT THAT NOSE CYRANO BECAUSE YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN.

*coughs* sorry about that.

Anyway, here’s a link to the scene from the Gérard Depardieu film because they portray the scene really well and Depardieu is awesome in it. If you watch it and still think the R+J one is better then I respect your opinion but…nah sorry you’re wrong.

BYE

http://youtu.be/DWOosn9APvc?t=1h7m53s