Votre été parisien — in New York

Longing for that summer in Paris? Long no more, New Yorkers. Votre été parisien kicks off June 7 in Central Park.


No joke, no fee — only one tough rule: You must like French movies. Bring friends, a blanket, chilled Pouilly-Fuissé and, for you might as well go French all the way, andouillette. After-snack mints recommended — or not, find out for yourself below. Then just sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo will leave you… breathless — no comment please, I couldn’t resist. A bout de souffle is opening the festival and is the first of ten films to offer “a striking portrait of the City of Lights.” The others are listed below — in French.

Hmmm… (teaching wheels turning here). How about we go back a few posts to … retitrage. You know what happens next, don’t you? Yes, your turn to come up with the top des meilleures traductions en langue anglaise. Skip the cauchemar part and check out my hints and tips. C’est parti!

Movie number 2: Le grand blond avec une chaussure noire — go literal.

Number 3: L’air de Paris — same as above.

  1. Subway — hint needed? Really??
  2. Les 400 coups — come on!
  3. Avril et le monde truqué — some skills required at last. Work on your adjective.
  4. Un flic — don’t even try.
  5. Cléo de 5 à 7 — don’t try too hard.
  6. L’ami de mon amie — it sounds better in English.
  7. Bande de filles — think “gang.” Best retitrage ever!

Have fun retitling and happy Films on the Green 2016!

Piggish P.S.: The most controversial French saucisse, l’andouillette may be a “pale, lumpy sausage made from pigs’ intestines,” but whether it “smells like a pissoir” is for you, and only you, to decide. My new little friend Klaus made up his mind.

— Claire

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