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Left to right: Eiffel Tower, Louvre Pyramid, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and Ferris Wheel. © Paris Update


Paris Update This Week’s Events

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Drawing through the ages

"Apples" (1944), by Henri Matisse. Eric Coatalem Gallery.

> Salon du Dessin: 39 galleries showing works on paper, from Old Masters to contemporary. Palais Brogniart, Paris, March 22-27.

Contemporary drawing fair
> Drawing Now: 73 galleries, Carreau du Temple, Paris, March 23-26.

More contemporary drawings
>Ddessin: 20 galleries. Atelier Richelieu, Paris, March 24-26.

Art and design fair
> PAD (Paris Art + Design),
67 galleries, Tuileries Garden, Paris, March 22-26.

African culture festival
> The 100% Afriques festival showcases dance, theater, music, fashion, design, art, food and more from all over the continent. La Villette, Paris, March 23-May 28.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Audrey Dana's Si j'Étais un Homme, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, Feb. 24.

Documentary film festival
> Cinéma du Réel showcases documentaries from around the world. Various venues, Paris, March 24-April 2.

Suburban blues
> The Banlieues Bleues festival brings major French and international jazz acts to the Paris suburbs. Various venues, through March 31.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, through April 13.




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des hommes et des dieux

"Des Hommes et des Dieux" ("Of Gods and Men") was one of the top five French films in France in 2010 and may be nominated for an Oscar.

A few miscellaneous statistics to kick off the new year:

• In 2010, 62 of the most popular TV series shown in France were made in America, led by The Mentalist.

• The French went to the movies more often last year than they had in 2009, with attendance up 2.7 percent, representing 206 million spectators, a record for the past 40 years. Once again, they showed an overwhelming preference for American products: nine of the top 15 films were made in the States. The five most popular French movies were Les Petits Mouchoirs, Camping 2, L’Arnacœur, Des Hommes et des Dieux (Of Gods and Men, France’s candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and certainly the most highbrow of the top five movies) and Arthur 3.

• On the museum front, the Louvre also set a new record last year, with 8.5 million visitors.

• The French may be culture vultures, but they are not too smart when it comes to smoking. In spite of a number of recent anti-tobacco moves, the number of regular smokers has risen by 2 percent over the past five years, to 28.7 percent of the population.