A night moth, a fleeting, evanescent, dark and bright creature dancing around the lights of fashion, Jacques de Bascher, a man with a handle to his name knew a strange fate: coming from nowhere, he alternately was the pernicious lover, Pygmalion and muse of Karl Lagerfeld and Yves Saint-Laurent. In the 2014 Bertrand Bonello's biopic about Saint-Laurent, the audience discovered Louis Garrel impersonating a Proust-like dandy and his distinguished features: a thin mustache, a bow tie and a devilish smile. This deviant socialite would scour the hype smart fashion shows and the drifting, decadent and sloppy Parisian night parties.
Jacques de Bascher died in 1989, at the age of 38, vanquished by AIDS and his overindulgence. There is barely nothing left of him. Some scraps, some photographs, a bundle of letters, a few survivors. This modern Des Esseintes would have suited Huysmans in this against the grain investigation.
Marie Ottavi is a journalist for the French newspaper Libération.
The book Louis Jourdan: The Last French Lover of Hollywood evokes the personal and professional life of the French actor, both in France till the Liberation of Paris and in America till his death. Louis speaks about his life as an actor but also about his relation to seduction, love, friendship, the Hollywood system («the Factory» as he called it), women, his partners on and off set, the directors and the moguls who were seduced by his gentleness, his wit, and his cultural background.
In addition to extensive research, the contents of the book are based on several hundred hours of conversations the author had with Louis, his wife, and Joanna Poitier from 2010 to 2014.
Olivier Minne is known as the host of different cultural shows in the 90's and since 2003 for hosting every summer a very popular adventure game show on France 2, Fort Boyard. After an essay he wrote in 1996 about the history of French Television, his book about Louis Jourdan is his first biography.
Lauding a return to classicism and the aesthetic values of Ancient Greece, Arno Breker caught the attention of the Reich Ministry of Propaganda in 1937. From then on they became his main sponsor. His credo was: the exaltation of man by a sculptural representation respecting God's creation. Joe F. Bodenstein revisits Arno Breker's collaboration with the Third Reich, his relationship with Hitler, year 1945 and the Liberation, Stalin's attempts to take him over and eventually his rebirth in 1972. This book follows the sculptor's steps and tries to define the place of official art in a totalitarian country, the moral conscience of the artist and the sacred nature of the artwork that either must or must not survive the atrocities of History.
Joe F. Bodenstein was a journalist, an author, a publisher and the best friend and art dealer of Arno Breker, before he founded the European Art Museum near Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany. For forty years he was a political correspondent for Associated Press (based in New York), one of the oldest press agencies in the world. He is the author of a sumptuous monograph Arno Breker, published by Hirlé.
Roger Plemmianikov a.k.a Roger Vadim was a director, scriptwriter, producer, actor and a great seducer...He will be reminded as a filmmaker who loved directing the women of his life, Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jane Fonda ...who all had been his wives; private and professional life were one to him all along his life. After the war, he soon became an essential icon of Saint-Germain des Prés; he first tried painting, then theatre, before becoming a reporter for Paris Match from 1953 to 1955. He eventually entered the world of cinema by collaborating with Marc Allégret. In 1956 he made his first film Et Dieu créa la femme, starring a young Brigitte Bardot. He was soon more or less associated to la Nouvelle Vague, the new wave of French cinema. Some saw him as a mere scandalous filmmaker; others thought he was a very gifted director. Later in the Nineties, he had to make difficult career choices and devoted himself to writing and theatre.
Arnaud Le Guern is a writer, publisher and journalist. He is known for his book Une âme damnée, Paul Gegauff, published by Pierre-Guillaume de Roux.
Translated by Arthur Dreyfus
Foreword by Frédéric Mitterrand
In the Twenties the young Bettina studied in Paris before going back to New York where she would join the staff of editors of Vogue. Ten years later, thanks to her fluent French, she was sent to Paris as a correspondent by the prestigious fashion magazine. The young girl is now a woman who, on the eve of the Second World War, will discover the blossoming heart of the mythical «haute couture».
Then came the phoney war she witnessed as a tourist and a volunteer for the Red Cross. She had become a close friend of Schiaparelli, Christian Dior or Chanel and back in the United States in the Fifties she published her memoirs. They are brilliant, accurate, precise, funny and flashing. Today they have eventually been translated into French and represent one of the most exceptional literary documents about last century Fashion.
Arthur Dreyfus is a writer and a journalist. His novels have been published by Gallimard, among them his latest work : History of my sexuality. Programmed for September 2015, his new book deals with the history of fashion throughout 101 dresses of the Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris, entitled 101 Robes, published by Flammarion.
They belong to the world of French men of letters. They are novelists, poets, play writers, or well-known journalists. However they belong to the world of cinema too. They are scriptwriters, dialogue writers and directors. Frédéric Mercier investigates another aspect of literature: the writers (some of them famous, some less and others whose work for the cinema is little known) whose literary talent contributed to the creation of pictures.
Frédéric Mercier is a cinema critic. He worked several years for the classical cinema channel TCM Cinema while collaborating with the French magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma. Today he writes on classical cinema for Transfuge.
Actors, actresses, writers, escorts, or socialites, they all haunt dinner parties, the pages of magazines and the conversations. They are our new 200 (or more...) families. Thanks to accurate, admiring or acid portraits, this book lets us know everything we have always wanted to know about the famous. It is a combination of the Who's Who and the Parisian version of Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger...
Paul de Vallonges, a writer and journalist, is scathing and tender, sweet and sour. Out at night in Paris parties, he sometimes happens to drink too much to forget he is bored or having too much fun. Hadn't he mastered the art of sidestepping, he could have been slapped by Régine. His mind is set, he will not make more enemies. We may wonder if this book will help. Using a pseudonym, he has also published other works; some of them were even warmly greeted by a few people this book has not really spared.
This ABC, co-published by Séguier and Arte, provides a touching account of the artistic progress and the life of Pierre ETAIX with 400 pages of illustrations and texts encompassing a 60-year career.
Pierre Etaix has played a great role in French culture. Born in 1928, he developed a passion for the world of entertainment. Be it as a clown, a photographer, a writer, a draftsman, the genius of Pierre Etaix knew no boundaries. According to Le Monde, «He is the living proof that one can practise many jobs without attending high school«.
He was a filmmaker as well and worked with Jacques Tati in 1954 on the film Mon Oncle / My Uncle and with Jean-Claude Carrière, he realised the short film Joyeux Anniversaire / Happy Birthday which was awarded an Oscar in 1963.
Hervé Guibert (1955-1991) was the first key figure in France to openly live his life with AIDS, to even stage the disease, to turn it into a literary work in progress. No writer had done it before. With a dismaying accuracy, he took films and photographs of himself and he relentlessly described his metamorphosis up to his final breath.
Yet his short life cannot be reduced to his disease. Far from it. A close friend of Foucault, Chéreau, Adjani and many others, he was a main figure of the intellectual life of the Eighties. Before he died, he had written about thirty books, made one film and taken hundreds of photographs that are regularly exhibited. If the topics of his books were judged controversial, as time went by, his exceptional literary talent is now unanimously recognised.
A huge photographic retrospective has taken place in New York and his diary Le Mausolée des Amants has just been translated in the US. In France, his shadow is still hovering over literature, he is remaining with us, a reassuring and familiar ghost we can't help referring to.
This book shows the life progress of a far from ordinary individual.
Frédéric Andrau is a writer. Quelques jours avec Christine A (Plon 2008) revealed him to the readers. In 2013 he devoted a biographic text to the writer Albert Cossery, Monsieur Albert (Editions de Corlevour, 2013) which received a unanimous applause from the critics.
First and only biography made on such a complete artist
Guiber t: a distinguished writer for prestigious publishing houses, a photographer and a journalist
Ar tistic figure of the AIDS years, as Guibert became the character of his own books.
«John Ford and the Indians» tells the story of a meeting.
In 1938, as he is searching for a location for his upcoming film Stagecoach which will bring back the Western genre in the spotlight, John Ford discovers Monument Valley and his inhabitants: the Navajos.
After their fi rst encounter, both John Ford and the Navajos bravely play their part in the Second World War, before meeting again in 1946 for My Darling Clementine. Until his death in 1973, John Ford will direct seven other fi lms featuring the Navajos. During these three decades, the director and the Indians will carry on discovering themselves and end-up tying strong and lasting bonds. From this, Ford will change his views on «Native Americans» and the way he directs and fi lms them. Thanks to this singular collaboration, Ford will also help them by supplying them work.
Based on Ford's personal archives and exclusive interviews, this book is a testimony of a golden age seen by the two sides of this epic story.
Arnaud Balvay is a doctor in History, specialised in North America and the Amerindians. He has published several articles and books on the subject : Amerindians and Marine Soldiers in Louisiana and in the Pays d'en Haut, the upper country (1683-1763), Quebec, 2006 and The Revolt of the Natchez, Paris, 2008. He has now kept for 20 years a strong relationship with Navajo friends living in Phoenix, Flagstaff or Kayenta.
Nicolas Cabos teaches cinema, writes critics and scenarii and is a drama author and director. Teacher at the Superior School of Management, he gives a lecture on Cinema for students preparing their master in audiovisual production. Co-curator of the exhibition The Cinema at Saint-Cloud, the dream and the industry at the Avelines Museum in Saint-Cloud, he also co-signed the exhibition catalogue.HIGHLIGHTS The Fordian myth revisited A tr ue discover y of the Navajos, their histor y and Monument Valley, where they live The golden age of Westerns told in a singular way.
The Fordian myth revisited
A true discovery of the Navajos, their history and Monument Valley, where they live
The golden age of Westerns told in a singular way.
Helmut Berger was once considered the «most beautiful man in the world». First noticed in Italy by director Luchino Visconti, he has performed for the Italian master in great roles alongside Romy Schneider, Elisabeth Taylor, Charlotte Rampling or Burt Lancaster, roles that have now become legendary. However, the relationship that united the young actor and the director was not just limited to movie sets. They both shared for each other a sheer passion. When the Italian filmmaker dies in 1976, Helmut Berger's career brutally spins down: once a must in the film industry during its golden years, the great interpretor of sulfurous characters, compulsive party-goer Berger ends up becoming a victim of his own image and excesses. Back from his torments, the Austrian actor looks at himself in the mirror, faces his own memories. And the result is this wild, hot autobiography where Helmut Berger gives a no hold barred account of his life. Berger freely speaks of his detestations, his exploration of all forms of sexuality, his sheer love for Luchino Visconti and his intense friendships with Rudolph Noureev, Grace Kelly, Aristotle Onassis, Maria Callas, Stavros Niarchos, Jack Nicholson and Romy Schneider of course.
An incredible life told with an extraordinary freedom of tone
Unique account of the theatrical world of the 70s and of the people around it: Romy Schneider, Burt Lancaster, Stavros Niarchos, Grace Kelly...
Peculiar mix of an actor's testimony and his wild stories of parties and decadence
Here it is at last, the edited and improved reprint of the work that put an end to the fancy interpretations of the illness and of the confinement of Antonin Artaud. The book offers a vivid portrait of Dr. Ferdière, evokes the memories of the last survivors of Rodez and of a few specialists in psychiatry, then at its early stage. It includes thirteen unpublished letters of Mrs Artaud and sixteen unpublished texts and letters of Artaud himself. A very accurate investigation based upon the medical files of Rodez to which, for a long time, the general public and the specialists were denied access.
André Roumieux (born in 1932) a former psychiatric nurse at Ville-Evrard is the author of Je travaille à l'asile d'aliénés (Champ Libre, 1974, Ivréa, 2009) and Ville-Evrard-Murs, destins et histoire d'un hôpital psychiatrique (L'Harmattan, 2008).
A former student at Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), essayist, lecturer, curator of exhibitions, Laurent Danchin (born in 1946) is an international specialist of outsider art and autodidact creation.
Book exclusively dedicated to Artaud's internment, times often favourable to legends
Brings the truth on Artaud's relationship with Dr. Ferdière
Features exclusive documents like personal letters or medical reports
It could be a question for an exam if these people would open up a little: «The Parisienne, a myth or a reality?».
Never mind philosophy or sociology, it would rather be a matter of aestheticism.
If one is interested in one specifi c period, its people and its surroundings, there is nothing like literature.
And as we can't depict the Parisienne of today without referring to the Parisienne of yesterday, we chose three literary jewels: three writers, two periods, Henry Becque,
Pierre de Régnier, Gérard Bauër. We did not intend to «embalm a memory» but to understand the continuity of customs and standards.
Antoine Laurain, writer and aesthete, has published La Femme au carnet rouge (Flammarion 2014) and Le Chapeau de Mitterrand (Flammarion 2012).
Gérard Bauër, a popular critic and essayist, was a member of the Goncourt Academy.
Pierre de Régnier wrote very few books but complex ones. He is the author of La Vie de Patachon.
Henry Becque is a French playwright, the author of such renowned plays as Les Corbeaux (1882) ...and of course La Parisienne (1885).
A literary exploration of the myth of the Parisienne and its evolution, from the 20s till today
Four texts full of wit and humour signed by four distinguished authors of French literature
Antoine Laurain, author of bestsellers, have been translated in many other languages
In 1945, Jean Dubuffet coined the phrase «outsider art» for the works of creators deprived of any artistic conditioning, such as autodidacts or patients confined in mental hospitals, people driven by an interior impulse of a pathological kind sometimes. The Art Establishment has regally ignored these singular characters. Besides the outsider art Collection of Lausanne and the Aracine of Villeneuve d'Ascq, in Paris la Halle Saint-Pierre or la Maison Rouge give these unconventional creators a place of honour. A new generation of curators, such as Massimiliano Gioni or Ralph Rudoff are surfing on the trend, as though this long-ignored creation has finally become acceptable and accepted. Why, deliberately forgetful of a Harold Szeemann who started exhibiting these creators' works in the Seventies, are the contemporary art circles suddenly carrying out this aggiornamento ? Why does the market perk up and reach unprecedented records after asthenic years? Why do collectors belatedly rediscover these off-off art creations? Based upon encounters with early champions of outsider art, vestals of Dubuffet's thinking and with collectors, contemporary artists and curators as well, this book attempts to decipher this recent, almost panicky fussing around unconventional outsiders and the long-lasting influence of outsider art creators upon visual artists.
Journalist Roxana Azimi, PhD in History, (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), is specialised in contemporary art. She co-founded le Quotidien de l'Art, a specialised journal on Internet and contributes to Le Monde, Le Nouvel Economist and the German art magazine Monopol.
A book dedicated to the outsider art phenomenon
A study and also a criticism of the art market and its system
Roxana Azimi, journalist, specialises in contemporary arts and is one of the most regular writer on the subject for Le Monde
Luxury seems to have captured our planet: despite the crisis it is booming, from New York to Shanghai, it dictates our dreams, it carves our bodies, it smoothes our skins, redesigns our cities.
It has become the ultimate dream for millions of individuals. It has its own temples, its Masses, its gurus, its priests and priestesses, its crusaders - all conspires to convert our souls to the religion of luxury.
What if this phenomenon meant the coming of a new Lucifer? Not the red Devil, the spectre raised by bigots, but the original Lucifer, as a symbol of freedom, rupture and creation.
This is the surprising and disconcerting hypothesis of this essay. Written in an accurate fl uent style, it can be read as a literary and sociological investigation, referring to pop as well as to academic culture, from Lady Gaga to Annie Le Brun, from Marlowe to Morrison. It offers the personal and merciless point of view of an expert, giving us the opportunity of looking at luxury and Lucifer differently.
Formerly working as a specialist in luxury for TBWA agency in London, Nicolas Chemla has elaborated new prospective policies for various brands of New York and Shanghai . He has written a series of Contemporary Mythologies of Advertising for Stratégies magazine. He gives lectures on Sex, Desire and Transgression to the students of the School of Communication at Sciences-Po, Paris. He is an enthusiast of black Romanticism and transgressive cinema. He loves building bridges between cultures, topics and points of view and shifting the boundaries of styles.
After Bataille's La Littérature et le mal, Henric's La Peinture et le mal, here comes the first essay on Luxur y and evil
Explores relations between evil and luxur y companies
Social investigation where literar y references like Annie Le Br un meet pop culture ones like Lady Gaga.
Known as the «British Maupassant», Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) was a prodigious story-teller. A short-story writer, novelist, playwright, essayist, tireless observer of human nature, dauntless globe-trotter, he was a multi-talented being whose numerous travels gave substance to his works. Like his fellow countryman and admirer, Graham Greene, he found in traveling «as much as in writing, paths of evasion».
Behind the mask of the perfect gentleman, he mastered the art of slamming the failings of his contemporaries with a tempered elegance, a lenient cynicism and a hint of misogyny. He incidentally mentioned: «As soon as I started telling the truth, I was not believable and I was considered as a humorist».
This impressionist biography analyses the long and prolifi c career as well as the misunderstood personality and the existential quest of the most cosmopolitan British writer of his time.
He adopted France and French culture, he was at the same time an occasional spy, a relentless bridge-player, an art collector and a lover of ice-cold Martinis. Somerset Maugham belongs to the breed of the great men of letters who are «larger than life». In the tradition of Rudyard Kipling, Joseph Conrad and E.M. Forster, he has infl uenced such various writers as Evelyn Waugh, John Le Carré, Anthony Burgess, Bruce Chatwin and William Boyd.
Jean-Paul Chaillet was born in Paris in 1957. He has been living and working as a journalist in Los Angeles since 1990. He has collaborated to Les Nouvelles Littéraires, L'Express, L'Evénement du Jeudi, Première, Ciné Live, Madame Figaro and Femmes. He is the co-writer of a biography of Francis Ford Coppola with Elisabeth Vincent (Edilig 1983) and Christian Viviani (Rivages 1989).
Somerset Maugham: author of 40 millions of books sold worldwide
Only French biography and one of the rarest in the world
Stunning life: made for tune as a novelist and led a prosperous life
Mallarmé and Fashion : an essay devoted to a fashion magazine La Dernière Mode/ The Latest Fashion Mallarmé contributed to from August to September 1874. The books attempts to articulate this astounding fashion magazine on Mallarmé's poetics even though the articles are barely related to the poetic elaboration of the poet. This is the thesis set out by Jean- Pierre Lecercle in 1989, now resumed and completed.
The relations between Fashion and Art were the theme of a recent exhibition La Mode et l'Impressionisme/Fashion and Impressionism and these relations especially deserve a reassessment as today books literally haunt the showcases of the fashion stores which over the past years have expelled the book shops of the Latin Quarter in order to take their place.
Jean-Pierre Lecercle was born in 1956. This book is his first one. He later wrote a series of articles on the same topic: Le Poëte en grève (Poésie, 92), Le Faune sous la toilette (La Licorne, 1998). He has also published Poésie (Flammarion), a cheap edition of Mallarmé's poems, one of the rare ones in compliance with the poet's manuscript.
Mallarmé was chief editor of a fashion magazine!
Precise study of the magazine, precursor of our modern fashion magazines (Harper's Bazaar, Elle...)
Recalls a time fascinated by fashion, from the Naturalists (Zola), the impressionists (Renoir) to the great department stores of Paris
Film editors, true workers in the shadows, away from the glittering spotlights, exercise nonetheless an «art specific to films». In these «Letters to a young editor», Henri Colpi gives an account of the evolution of the cinematographic language, from silent films to the revolution of sound films and to the most recent techniques of the cinematographic image. He insists on the necessity of a good complementarity between the filmmaker and his editor, often united in the creative process through their complicity, so they share a solid long-term relationship.
As he was both, Henri Colpi was the ideal companion to reveal to the reader the art of undertaking editing, as well as from the filmmaker's point of view as the editor's. This book is not just a form of expression of his passion or of a life's experience, it also offers a thinking on the meaning and the impact images can have.
Born in Switzerland in 1921, Henri Colpi was a part of the French new wave. As an accomplished insider of cinema, he has been a prestigious editor (Hiroshima, mon amour, Last Year in Marienbad, The Mystery of Picasso, A King in New-York, Destroy, She Said), an important historian of films, writer of two comprehensive books (Le Cinéma et ses hommes and Défense et illustration de la musique dans le film) and finally a talented filmmaker awarded for his first feature film, The Long Absence, with the Cannes Film Festival Palme d'or in 1961. He has also taught for a long time at the INSAS (Institut national supérieur des arts du spectacle et des techniques de diffusion) in Brussels.
Nathalie Hureau learnt editing with Henri Colpi. She now teaches how cinematographic language tell stories with images.
The reference book for all aspiring editors and editing enthusiasts
Henri Colpi, Chaplin's editor, gives keys and insights on his work, the film industry and what makes a good editor.
Since The Blue Lotus, Tchang Tchong-jen has been known as Tintin's best friend. But for a long time readers were not aware that the little Chinese was not a fi ctional character. When he was a student at the Fine Arts Academy in Brussels, at the beginning of the Thirties, he became Hergé's hidden adviser.
Then the two friends strayed away. They were separated for long years, which the great Hergé tried to exorcise with his imaginary quest of Tintin in Tibet. Their touching reunion in 1981 nearly appeared as a historical event.
Unfailingly serene, the great sculptor depicted his life in the Land of the Blue Lotus to journalist Gérard Lenne. His fi rst steps as a creator, the ups and downs of the Republic of China, the Japanese invasion, the Civil War, the birth of the People's Republic of China, the hustle and bustle of the Cultural Revolution... With him, we go all over a century of history, feeling as Hergé did, we better understand the China of that period.
After working as a critic for Téléciné, Midi-Minuit Fantastique, or Horizons du Fantastique, Gérard Lenne joined the weekly Télé 7 Jours in 1971. In 1981 he took charge of the cinema column. In 1970 he had published his first book Le cinéma fantastique et ses mythologies. There were many to follow. But Gérard Lenne has more than one string to his bow. He loves music and comic strips and published two books about the writer and draftsman Edgar P. Jacobs (Blake, Jacobs and Mortimer) and L'Affaire Jacobs. Gérard was the President of the French Union of Cinema Critics for 6 years.
Tintin's Tchang actually lived!
The story of the real Tchang, Chinese sculptor who lived during the Cultural Revolution and of how Tintin saved his life as a man and as an artist
Foreword by Marcel Proust
Here is a compilation of the best portraits of painters and other great intellectual figures at the beginning of the twentieth century, written by Jacques-Emile Blanche exactly as they were published between 1919 and 1928. Frédéric Mitterrand selected the texts. In 2012 an exhibition at the Pierre Bergé Foundation showed how Jacques-Emile Blanche could not be ignored as one of the essential artists of his time.
According to Philippe Dagenham in Le Monde: «Blanche, the writer, understood his time with an enviable soundness. He even sometimes reaches the heights of Valéry.»
Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942) was a French painter. He was an eclectic socialite and an eminent portraitist (Henri Bergson, Antoine Bourdelle, Paul Claudel, Jean Cocteau, André Gide...).As a writer and art critic, he published numerous articles, books about painting, novels and short stories.
A complete book that recalls all of the painters in Jacques-Emile Blanche's lifetime
Foreword by Marcel Proust, written with a surprising freedom of tone
Blanche as a writer could be compared to Paul Valéry, according to Le Monde
This iconoclastic work aims at teaching us how to look at Art.
As strange as it may seem, not one visitor of the Louvre walks around a statue from back to front! Yet these sculptures do have curves and rumps that may seldom be seen in ordinary life. Joëlle Jolivet who is frequently in demand from major publishers has drawn these sculptures.
Bruno de Baecque is a professional onlooker and the inventor of a «how to look at art works in a museum» method. He suggests angles of vision and new keys for a visual approach resulting in a totally new troubling, moving and thrilling museum visit.
Joëlle Jolivet was born in Charenton in 1965 and now lives near Paris. After graphic studies at Arts Appliqués, she took an interest in typography and layout and finally studied lithography at Beaux-Arts. She has published more than fifty books for youth.
A book about the most beautiful sculptures and paintings of the Louvre
An unusual approach to tell the stories behind these masterpieces
An account of art history through eroticism
This story is based on actual facts.
1874 : Bizet is a second-rate composer, he tires himself out, giving lessons and accomplishing menial tasks for famous composers, merely in order to survive.
His friend Halévy, a librettist, obtains a commission for him. It will be CARMEN, for the Comic Opera.
Bizet composes the score in eight months. He does not realise he wrote a masterpiece.
The opening night, on the 3rd of March in 1875, causes a scandal, the critics are terrible.
Bizet is devastated and hides himself in a small country house in Bougival. Three months later, on the 3rd of June, he has a bath in the Seine. The water is too cold. He dies during the night from a throat abscess.
Mario Bois made all his career in Paris as a music publisher, especially in the field of ballet. In parallel, he wrote sixteen books and received prizes for some of them. He created numerous TV and radio programs, wrote for ballets, published articles, gave lectures, translated texts of music works and he ran three record collections (La Grande Musique Espagnole/Classical Spanish Music, Histoire de la Sevillana/The History of Sevillana, Grandes figures du flamenco/The great figures of flamenco). He was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres. He also was the chairman of the International Council for Dance with UNESCO from 1994 to 1997.
Precise and detailled description of the second half of the 19th, when the opera played an important part of the Parisian social life
Account of how Bizet conceived Carmen and how the first desastruous representations led to his death
Mario Bois, a major figure of music, keeps on producing worldwide