This June, we prepare to wander away from the cities. The nostalgic lines of Victor Hugo's poem “Demain, dès l'aube...”, though melancholy, evoke the peaceful escapes of summer:
Demain, dès l'aube, à l'heure où blanchit la campagne,
Je partirai. Vois-tu, je sais que tu m'attends.
J'irai par la forêt, j'irai par la montagne.
Je ne puis demeurer loin de toi plus longtemps.
Tomorrow, at dawn, at the hour the countryside brightens,
I will depart. To see you, I know that you await me.
I will go through forest, I will go through the mountains.
I can remain from you no longer.
For those who prefer to stay in the city, come with us to Films on the Green, a free outdoor French film festival produced annually in New York City parks. Since 2008, the festival has brought classic and contemporary French cinema to New Yorkers. This year’s festival, entitled “Masculin / Masculin,” is a play on the 1966 Godard film title Masculin Féminin and presents a gamut of colorful male figures in French film—from lovers to heroes, gangsters, and rebels.
As the cold slips away, and the summer sun rises, don’t forget to keep the muses of inspiration close by exploring the art, music, and film around you.
“Et les Muses de moi, comme étranges, s'enfuient” -Joachim DuBellay, “Les Regrets”
To a celebration of summer!