Marc Sautet Organized Philosophy Cafés

Philosopher, Marc Sautet organized regular philosophy discussion groups at the philosophy café or Café des Phares Continue reading

Georges Méliès

Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès (/meɪˈljɛs/; French: [meljɛs]; 8 December 1861 – 21 January 1938), was a French illusionist and film director who led many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema. Méliès was well-known for the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, time-lapse photography, dissolves, and hand-painted colour. Continue reading

First French Narrative Film was Directed by a Woman

French film pioneer Alice Guy Blache, a secretary for the Leon Gaumont film equipment company, directed the first narrative movie Fee aux Choux shown Continue reading

Valentin Hauy Created Braille

Valentin Hauy of Paris, France, created the Braille reading system in 1793 Continue reading

Paris Ballet Performed Without Interruption

Le Triomphe de l'amour (The Triumph of Love), composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully Continue reading

First Professional Female Ballerina

Mlle. Lafontaine was the first professional ballerina to appear in Jean-Baptiste Lully's Le Triomphe de l'amour (The Triumph of Love) at the Paris Opera in 1681. Continue reading

Paris Restaurants Offered Forks

Tour d' Argent restaurant in Paris, France offered clientele forks in the 17th century. Continue reading

French Publication Recommends Condom Usage

The publication L'Escole des Filles, from Paris, France recommended condom usage Continue reading

Can-Can Dance Performed in Paris

The first Can-Can dance was performed by dancer, Elise Sargent at the Jardin Mabille Continue reading

Origins of Polka Dance

The Polka folk dance originated in Bohemia, Czech Republic in 1830. Continue reading