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Humor on the hoardings spotted before the first round of the French elections: “John Goodman (Jean Gentilhomme) for President,” the candidate of the “Nice Peoples' Party. That would make a change. © Paris Update












Paris Update What’s On

Links to events happening this week in Paris.

Silent films from Switzerland?


> They’re rare, but they do exist and can be seen at the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé, Paris, through May 2.

Retail heaven
> You can buy just about anything at the century-old Foire de Paris, a gigantic pop-up store. Porte de Versailles, Paris. April 27-May 8.

Voices from the North
> The Pølar Festival celebrates Northern European culture with films, concerts, talks and more. Various locations, Paris, through April 29.

Photo walk
> Eight Paris galleries hold special photography shows and events for Parcours Fotofever. Various locations, Paris, through May 1.

Photo shows galore
> Le Mois de la Photo has been moved from autumn to spring, with 96 exhibitions taking place all over the greater Paris area. See Web site for locations and dates.

Art videos
> The theme of this year’s Videobox Festival is “noise and movement.” Carreau du Temple, Paris, April 27-29.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Nicolas Boukhrief’s La Confession, preceded by a themed cocktail party (€4.50). Studio 28, Paris, April 28.

Virtual reality
> Drop in on Saturday or Sunday from 2pm to 8pm for a free virtual trip at the VR Express festival. Forum des Images, Paris, through June 30.

Dance in historic sites
> Monuments en Mouvement offers free dance performances in national monuments like the Pantheon in Paris, the Abbaye de Cluny and châteaux. Various locations, through Oct. 21.

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, through May 28.


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What's New in Paris: Pasolini Roma

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Pier Paolo Pasolini and Anna Magnani on the set of “Mamma Roma,” 1962. © Immagine fotografica dell’Archivio Storico Istituto Luce Cinecittà SRL

The exhibition “Pasolini Roma” at the Cinémathèque Française (51 Rue de Bercy, 75012 Paris; tel.: 01 71 19 33 33; through Jan. 26) takes visitors on a lively tour of Rome as seen through the life of the controversial – for his politics and open homosexuality – Italian filmmaker and writer. Beginning with the train he took to the Italian capital in 1950, the show follows him from poor suburb to a modern highrise, from film to film (among them Accatone, Mamma Roma and the Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom), from trial to trial and from book to book, ending with his still-mysterious murder on a beach near Rome in 1975. The show’s creative presentation includes film clips, photos, screenplays, video interviews, artworks by Pasolini and others, maps of Rome, newspaper clippings and even a real Fiat with a movie projected on the windscreen. If you can’t make it to the exhibition, this website reproduces many of the documents. Heidi Ellison