Monday, November 24

The Film Show

24th November
I’m still reeling from going through a year's worth of dramas these last two days. The Director spent Saturday morning setting everything up at the Salle des Fetes – and nothing worked. The speakers were duff, the screen turned out to be puny and the projector wouldn’t work until we figured out how to screw the bulb in properly. Sometime during the afternoon we ditched the tiny screen and wiggled stuff in the right way to make sound happen.

On Sunday while The Director was doing last-minute adjustments I put out some chairs, I wasn’t sure who’d turn up so I put out about 50 and started fiddling around with bowls of pretzels. Our friends set up the drinks table and we realised that Mme Bontette, who is a bit distracted by her new job, had made us a tooth-achingly sweet rum punch so we collected up all the supplies of lemons and limes we could lay our hands on and squeezed them into the mix. Then people started coming - and they kept coming and we were all pulling out stacks more chairs because the hall was filling. The advertised start time was 6.15 but by 6pm there was a room full of people looking expectantly at the bit of wall where the projector was pointing, they weren’t interested in rum punch or Ricard they were just waiting. So we rolled the film which was a shortened version of the pilot with subtitles (thanks Florence!), followed by a series of sequences that we’d filmed over the last few months. At the end everyone cheered and asked to see it again immediately.

Mme Bontette is loving her new job as a reporter for the local paper and has bought a new set of reporter’s outfits which are very glamorous and seem to be mostly furry-edged, she was taking a lot of photos.

Then we cleared up and went down to the bar which was heaving. The Goths had gone to town with candles and drapes and stuff, the tables were put together to make a big U shape and set with pitchers of wine and baskets of bread. Trays loaded with glasses of Cava were passed round. The meal was great: bowls of salad and the famous cassoulet – and they’d even done the crispy crumb thing on top. The really fantastic thing though was that there were people there who’d told me they’d never be in the same room together and there were French women there who told me that they’d never go to a bar because it wasn’t ladylike. Anyway the whole thing went on late and it was a great party. And now The Director and our friends have returned to the UK and I feel completely discombobulated.

13 comments:

  1. Your world sounds so charming and fun!

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  2. Also the food always sounds delicious.

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  3. That'll be the pretzels Pru. Sometimes I go wild and serve them with custard

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  4. I have been away for a week or so. Glad to hear about this TRIUMPH on my return. When this insect film is finished you can rework this blog into a script for a "behind the scenes", "the making of" what have you, documentary of your own. Is someone taking pictures of all this drama? Another fabulous collage here, by the way.

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  5. It jolly well was splendid KSV. The trouble about it becoming a 'making of' is that I keep forgetting to mention the filming. But glad you're still enjoying the pix.

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  7. Hello Lulu- thank you so much for coming by my place from Ian's- I'm very pleased to find your blog, it's fascinating and so pretty too! I love the sound of this party, it sounds like a French film. Congratulations on the success and all the best, Daisy

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  8. lulu - hooray, you pulled it off (of course). Onward and upward.

    Word veri is propen. Is there a message? I think we should be told.

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  9. Gosh, what a life!

    And I do find myself nodding vigorously at many points. The escaping hatching insects (many many years ago, when God was quite young and I wasn't a lawyer I did a first degree in Agricultural Science which involved an Honours Project hatching weevils) , the problems of television (have written and presented for tv on legal stuff) and mostly mice. Being a country dweller I have battled with mice many times and you are SO RIGHT to have cats!

    I look forward to much reading pleasure - so happy to have found your blog!

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  10. Hi Daisy - lovely to see you here

    Ernest - I'm thrilled it worked so well, but the preps were so involving, I don't know what to do with myself now.

    Welcome Lippy - I'm off to make another attempt to get cats now!

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  11. Oh well done - and how worried you must have been wondering if indeed anyone would actually turn up. But you had a triumph and you brought the village together - you've done your bit for Anglo-French relations.

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