Synopses & Reviews
"We'll always have Paris," Humphrey Bogart reminds Ingrid Bergman in their bittersweet parting at the end of Casablanca
, and undoubtedly those words resonate for lovers everywhere. Indeed for many people, Paris is not just a place; it is an intoxicating state of mind where anything goes, inhibitions vanish and imagination flourishes.
There is a long tradition of artists escaping to Paris from all corners of the globe. Australian film scholar John Baxter is one of those people. Now, in We'll Always Have Paris: Sex and Love in the City of Light, he chronicles his ongoing affair with this magical place and one Frenchwoman in particular.
A cultural tour through the many sensual pleasures of the city, We'll Always Have Paris takes readers to all the spots traditional guidebooks leave out. A very personal love story as well, We'll Always Have Paris traces Baxter's relationship with Marie-Dominique, the woman who inspires his trans-Atlantic move and eventually becomes his wife.
We'll Always Have Paris overflows with literary, film and pop culture references and enough notorious names to fill a tabloid in this unique look at the capital of romance. Traveling from brothels to bistros and making stops along the way at the Prime Minister's official residence and other more scruffy hideaways, Baxter observes:
- The transformative effect Paris has on people (especially uptight Americans!)
- The sexual openness of the city, and its historical devil-may-care attitude about lesbianism, homosexuality, prostitution, pornography, voyeurism, exhibitionism and extramarital affairs
- The steady stream of visitors welcome and unwelcome
- The culinary treats served at the chicest tables like pig's feet, sea urchin and sausages made of unmentionable substances
- The hangouts and homes of famous expatriates Man Ray, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas
- The customs and quirks that distinguish Parisians from everyone else in the world
With a cinematic eye and a cheeky sensibility, We'll Always Have Paris
captures the city in all its seductive glory, from its louche delights to its genteel charms. Weaving together gossip, rumor, established facts and first-hand experience, Baxter pens a love letter to his adoptive hometown and the woman who brought him there.
"Anyone who appreciates Paris and its myths, likes the meandering storytelling of good conversation and enjoys the mildly salacious will relish reading this book, curled up with a glass of full-bodied red and a box of chocolates." Publishers Weekly
"In We'll Always Have Paris we have he personal story of charming, funny, and mischievous (even caustic) John Baxter, who comes to us via his numerous film related biographies and his passion for book collecting as recorded in his enormously entertaining account." Jeffrey Greene
The authors personal view and guided tour of the people and places of Paris associated with the citys legend. It includes interviews with painters, film-makers, actresses, writers, poets, plus visits to the cafés of Montparnasse, where Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Man Ray hung out.
From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
A long-time radio and TV correspondent and critic for the BBC and Australian Broadcasting Commission John Baxter has produced and fronted radio and TV programs in both Britain and Australia. As noted film critic, screenwriter and biographer, he has written extensively about moviemakers including Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas and Robert De Niro, and his encyclopedic knowledge about cinema shines through here. He is also the author of A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict. Born and raised in Australia, he now lives in Paris with his family.