Monday, October 28, 2013
My latest distraction is watching old movies on NETFLIX. The other day I happened upon "Cheri." (Turns out I was looking for "Gigi.") But serendipidously I found "Cheri." Both are movies based on nouvellas written by Colette; both are about the grand courtesans of the Belle Epoque in Paris; both are loosely based on experiences that Colette had or the reverse of experiences which she had. (It was a pattern of hers when she was mining her own experiences for fiction, that she would write the story with the reverse outcome: if it had a happy ending, she would write the unhappy ending for the story or vise versa.) In this case, both her own experiences and the nouvella ended unhappily.