Carol Reed est un cinéaste Britannique qui a réalisé des films très importants, la plupart en Angleterre et quelques-uns à Hollywood. L’un de ces films, Le troisième homme, est considéré comme l’un des chefs d’oeuvre de l’histoire du cinéma, et pas seulement parce que sa musique, jouée par la…
Edward Dmytryk est un réalisateur dont la longue vie et la riche carrière se confondent avec les convulsions de l’histoire du XXème siècle, et dont de nombreux films sont marqués par l’idée de culpabilité.
Ceci tient à la fois aux valeurs humanistes qui animaient Dmytryk, et à son parcours…
Forbidden planet, what a great film ! Sober but magnificent special effects (the film dates from 1956), shakespearian argument (the tempest), nice actors (Ann Francis as the sexy space virgin, Walter Pidgeon, as his father, the mad scientist, and… Leslie Nielsen, as the young astronaut). Not to forget Robbie the Robot, the most convincing ancestor of the Star Wars metal heroes. He is much taller in the poster than in the movie, and his disquieting King-kong style bearing a collapsed Ann Francis does certainly not reflect the very nice behaviour he shows from the beginning to the end of the film.
The 2010 season is now over. It was a successful season. We ranked 4th in the Belgian championship and finished 9th in the Fun cup worldcup at Donington park. My stepson Joffrey joined the team in most of the races, and showed an exceptionnal talent. At Zolder we finished 3rd thanks to his speed. He diced with Alain Ferté, a former Le Mans lap record holder.
This is my 2010 funcup car in the Belgian Championship. Already some fine results, together with my colleague Jacques Levet. At the Mettet race - the first ever for cars on that track originally intended for bikes - we came 9th in a field of 40 cars. In Dijon we were joined by my stepson Joffrey David, who was racing a car for the first time, but who has unvaluable experience of go-karting at top level since he was 10. He made the fastest lap in the race. Since, our result in the Belgian race was quite disappointing due to a broken cardan. But we entered a heat of the french championship held thereafter, and came 6th overall (4th in heat 2). Funcup cars are now powered by a 175hp TDI engine, and with a weight of 850kg, can teach a top speed of 210 kph.
Sometimes you meet extraordinary people, and only once they’re gone you realise how important was their influence for you. Charles Matton was one of the greatest artists of the XXth century. He and his wife, my dear friend Sylvie, hosted me when I was 18 and had escaped my silly mother’s home. Charles teached me how to watch things, and how to look at most people with a mood of sympathy and indulgence. Charles passed away in november 2008. At his funerals, in the Eglise Saint-Germain des Prés, the church was crowded with friends and admirers who applaused the coffin when it was brought in. For a few seconds, I thought Charles was a lucky dead. That very morning, I had attended the funerals of the father of my beloved Jackie. It was a sad ceremony in a chilly morning, in the gloomy cemetery of Villetanneuse, in the Paris suburbs. We were just a handful of sad people following the coffin of just another unknown working class hero. He was very important for me, too. See charlesmatton.com website.
It’s the Monaco harbour ! It’s me, with the number 27 ! It was in october 2009 ! We came 6th !
My other achievements in Karting are a win in the Rotax Class at Le Mans in 2005 and two championships won in 2007 : Euro-Endurance GP2 class and Euro-Endurance 2nd division. In both those championships, our main competitors were english teams who frequently race in France.
Different technologies, different fates. I own those two phonographs : both were built in 1904 but one is a Columbia with a cylinder system (left) while the other is a Victor with a disc system. Why did one of those technologies soon disappear while the other dominated almost all the 20th is explained in the following text from wikipedia. But it is always fascinating to try to imagine the future, and because I like that, I am very happy to be in charge, among other activities, of an unit of technological intelligence. With Jean de Chambure and Dominique Piotet, members of this unit, and François Sorel, an anchorman, we created a radio show 6 years ago. We instantly had a lot of fun together, and it is now the most potcasted show of BFM, the french main business radio. Our vision was that internet was becoming truly universal, and that there was room for an entertaining program about internet not just designed for the geeks but also for the general public. We had about one year to warm up, and then came the Wifi, facebook, the smartphones, the USB devices, the smartphones, Twitter and so on… Timely, isn’t it?
Disc vs cylinder :
Disc recording is inherently neither better nor worse than cylinder recording in potential audio fidelity.
Recordings made on a cylinder remain at a constant linear velocity for the entirety of the recording, while those made on a disc have a higher linear velocity at the outer portion of the groove compared to the inner portion.
Edison’s patented recording method recorded with vertical modulations in a groove. Berliner utilized a laterally modulated groove.
Though Edison’s recording technology was better than Berliner’s, there were commercial advantages to a disc system:
The disc could be easily mass produced by molding and stamping, and required less storage space for a collection of recordings.
Berliner successfully argued that his technology was different enough from Edison’s that he did not need to pay royalties on it, which reduced his business expenses.
Here I am with Joffrey. He is not my son, but being in love with his mother since he was 5 years old, I have been a key character of his childhood and I cherish him and his sister as if they truly were my children. This picture was taken at the Le Mans 24 hours kart race. Having both started go-kart racing a few years ago we had separate careers as drivers in very serious competitions, Joffrey in sprint races and me rather in endurance. That day we were entered in separate teams. He had some breakdowns during the race, and I finished ahead of him. But due to stupid bureaucratic reasons, I was disqualified after the race. I just have to move the cup from my room to his.
Having given up my career as a powerboat driver, I wrote this novel in 1995, sent it by mail to some of the main french publishers, and one of them gave me a ring to tell me he had decided to publish it. It was as simple as that. I got some nice articles in the press and the sales were encouraging for a first novel. Then I was hired as head of corporate communications of a bank that was due to become one of the biggest in the world (and fortunately one of those who seasoned the crisis the most honourably). Hence I was so busy in that job that I was unable to write another book, and found some extra-professional joys in go-kart and motor racing, and also in a radio program I created with l’Atelier BNP Paribas, a team in my company specialized in technological intelligence. I have been successful in my job for 12 years but for sure, if I leave it one day, it will be for a quieter position that will leave me the time I need to write other books. I have dozens of ideas.