Glimpses of Paris 1900-1970
These works exemplify the role of Paris as a center of experimentation in literature and the arts. The artistic community of Montmartre is frequently featured as a setting. The influence of Paris extends beyond literature and visual arts into the domains of dance and cinema.
An anthology, Les Veillées du Lapin Agile,
preface by Francis Carco. Édition illustrée, 1919.
Le Lapin Agile was a famous cabaret
La Chanson à Montmartre.
Published for L’Écho de Paris, 1900.
A serialized novel by Willy,
“Maugis en ménage”
in Ceux qui font rire, revue de l’humour,
June 15, 1912, no. 1.
Willy (Henri Gauthier-Villars)
was a journalist and popular novelist
who exploited other writers to produce works
to his prescription which he then published
under his own name.
These often had titillating detail.
Colette’s Claudine novels were produced
under Willy’s direction.
Ulysse à Montmartre. Légende néo-grecque …
by D. Bonnaux, Numa Blès and L. Boyer.
Société d’Éditions de « La Lune Rousse, » 1910.
A prologue and series of tableaux based on
the comic theme that Montmartre
was discovered by the Greeks.
Program for the ballet-pantomine
Le Dit des jeux du monde, which created a scandal
when it was performed on December 2, 1918,
at the Théâtre Musical Moderne du Vieux Colombier.
The text was by Paul Méral and
the music by Arthur Honegger.
Honegger gained a certain amount of celebrity
with this early work and became one of “Les Six,”
the group of modern composers that also included
Durey, Milhaud, Poulenc, Auric, and Tailleferre
who reacted against Debussy.
Jean Cocteau was often associated with them
in collaborative efforts.
Jabiru, 1 (February 1926). This issue contains an article on the cartoon character Felix the Cat who had recently been introduced in Paris.
John La Montagne, « Un Personnage de Cinema: Felix the Cat, » Jabiru, 1 (February 1926), p. 17.
Three frames from the movie are part of
the ephemera of the Pascal Pia collection.