Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Happy Bastille Day from JeanGabinBook.com!

Yesterday, July 14th, was Bastille Day -- the French 4th of July.

From Wikipedia:

Bastille Day is the French national holiday, celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is called Fête Nationale ("National Celebration") in official parlance, or more commonly quatorze juillet ("14 July"). It commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789; the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison was seen as a symbol of the uprising of the modern French nation, and of the reconciliation of all the French inside the constitutional monarchy which preceded the First Republic, during the French Revolution.

The World's Coolest French Holiday! The World's Coolest French Movie Star! What a "Revolutionary" Combination!
(The pic, above, is Jean Gabin as arch bread-thief Jean Valjean in director Jean-Paul Le Chanois' three-hour Technicolor epic, Les Miserables [1958]. You can find it on Amazon.com.)

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