Thursday, December 31, 2015

Schulenberg's Page: Paris, Part XXXX

Schulenberg's Page: Paris, Part XXXX
Text and illustrations by ©Bob Schulenberg

Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris, 1964. The regular nightly schedule: Cafe Flore.
Edith Moyal Cottrell.
Loes Hamel.
Aubrey Goodman was a young American writer whose novel, The Golden Youth of Lee Prince, was described as Holden Caulfield as seen by Scott Fitzgerald.
Zina was a countess who had an aggressive crush on Aubrey. She appeared to not act very aristocratic until she appeared one day at the Flore with her daughter, home from school in England.

Then, she was very grand.
Zina and Aubrey.
Aubrey was delighted to tell us about a wonderful toothpaste, called Émail Diamant Dentifrice, that made his teeth whiter. It seems that it actually stained the gums red so by contrast, teeth appeared whiter! I rubbed a sample on the page of my book, but I didn't purchase it.
Aubrey swishing around some Émail Diamant Dentifrice.
There was also a product called Gouttes Bleues (Blue Drops) that quickly got rid of red eyes, useful for Paris-by-Night and very popular at St. Germain-des-Prés! That, I purchased.

It has been around since the 1920s in France and I notice that it's still available on Amazon.
Fiametta shared an apartment with Edith before Edith married Pierre Cottrell, who produced Eric Rohmer's films.
Edith and Fiametta.
Among them were "Ma Nuit Chez Maude" ("My Night With Maude"), "Claire's Knee" (which, with English subtitles, were both successes in America), and the last of Rohmer's Six Moral Tales, "L'Amour L'Apres Midi," co-produced by another friend Barbet Schroeder (which starred our friend Zou Zou) and in the USA was called "Chloe In the Afternoon."
Barbet came to America and directed movies in Hollywood. He directed "Barfly" with Mickey Rourke and Faye Dunaway at Zoetrope Studios where I had also been working.
We were quite surprised to run into each other there! Barbet was and is still married to Bulle Ogier, a French actress who also was a client of Lola Mouloudji. It had become a very small world!

Zou Zou as Chloe in "L'Amour L'Apres-Midi."
In "L'Amour L'Apres-Midi," Zou Zou played the titular Chloe, an amoral young woman actually not dissimilar from Zou Zou herself!

Zou Zou, it was said, had hung out with the Beatles before they were famous and she had introduced the Twist to Paris. They called her Zou Zou "la Twisteuse," the "Twister!"

She was more like a sweet tornado!

I was very fond of her and learned that well after I'd left Paris, Zou Zou had developed an addiction to heroin which, after rehab, she'd come back and continued to work in films.

More on Zou Zou later, but while watching "Chloe In the Afternoon" at a theater in Venice, California in the 1970s, I had a strange realization. The character of Chloe/Zou Zou was portrayed as living such an unusual and terrifyingly non-bourgeois life, but I had the recognition that it was virtually the everyday life we'd all been living!
And now let me add, HAPPY NEW YEAR! May we all épater (to shock) la bourgeoisie in 2016!
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