What to Watch This Weekend: ‘L’aventure, c’est l’aventure’

Every Friday, our resident film fanatic Alex Aciman will dig deep into the pile of cinematic masterpieces and fish out one forgotten classic you should watch soonest.

If ever there was a film that caused me actual physical harm from laughter, it’s the 1972 French film L’aventure, c’est l’aventure. This iconic French comedy, despite remaining almost entirely unknown to American audiences even when it came out, was the equivalent of a French supergroup. It was directed by Claude Lelouch, one of the greatest directors of the ’60s whose work includes the cinema classic A Man and a Woman. The cast was star-studded: French crooner Jacques Brel acts alongside Lino Ventura, who at that point had earned a reputation as a serious film actor. And most important was a guest appearance by French singer Johnny Hallyday. Hallyday, who died last December, remains virtually unheard of in America but was probably the most loved person in all of French history—a true national treasure, an institution, often referred to only by his first name, adored with such an earnest and unwavering ardor that America has simply never lavished upon any person. It’s the kind of love usually reserved for a monarch.

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Introducing: The Greatest Children’s Book Ever Written About Not Going to Bloomingdale’s

1992’s Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s is still in print. Yay! But also hmm, because the text and illustrations are pretty darn dated. When Amy Elizabeth comes from Houston to visit her grandmother in New York City, the two use subway tokens (RIP) to get to Chinatown, have hot chocolate at Rumpelmayer’s (RIP), and eat a hundred pickled tomatoes at the Carnegie Deli (RIP), The watercolor illustrations look old-fashioned, too. With her punk puffer, heavy bangs and hair bow, Amy Elizabeth looks like an extra on Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (1990-1993).

 And yet. Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s is by Elaine Lobl Konigsburg, the only author ever to win the highest honor in children’s book publishing, the Newbery Medal and the runner-up award, the Newbery Honor, in the same year. (It was 1968, and she won for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and came in second to herself with Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth.) Perhaps this is why Amy Elizabeth has stayed in print all this time—and in hardcover, yet. E.L. Konigsburg was a writing powerhouse with a dark sense of humor and a realistic, unsentimental attitude toward the foibles of both children and adults. From the Mixed-Up Files is as thrilling (running away and living alone in a museum! Having adventures! Fishing coins out of fountains to buy food that comes out of drawers in a glorious place called an automat!) to kids today as it was way back when. Konigsburg wrote 21 books—winning the Newbery again in 1997 for The View From Saturday—and contributed small illustrations to many of them.

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When the Rabbi Told the Truth

When Theodore Lewis—the Dublin-born Orthodox rabbi who served as spiritual leader of Newport, Rhode Island’s Touro Synagogue for 36 years, beginning in 1949—passed away in 2010 at age 95, obituaries from Colorado to Ireland noted that among other events in his storied life, he had once been a guest on an episode of the popular American television game show To Tell the Truth.

The episode, sponsored by the cigarette manufacturer Marlboro and hosted by Bud Collyer, aired on CBS on the evening of June 30, 1959. Its celebrity panel, comprised of Jayne Meadows, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle, and Tom Poston, was tasked with determining which of three guests—each wearing a suit and tie, sporting a large black yarmulke, and claiming to be Theodore Lewis—was in fact “the only Irish-born rabbi in the United States.”

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Jerusalem’s Light Rail Has New Destination: Teaching Arabic

Many Israelis feel frustrated with their inability to communicate with their Palestinian neighbors in Arabic. But now they have a chance to practice their salaam aleikums at any Jerusalem tram stop.

Citypass, Jerusalem’s light rail operator, has declared the first week of July “the Arabic language week on the light rail.” Signs explaining the Arabic equivalent of “validate your ticket” and “have a safe ride” have been placed at stops along the tram’s red line, which stretches from Yad Vashem in the southwest to Pisgat Ze’ev in the northeast. Passengers can also register for free colloquial Arabic lessons at the company’s service center downtown, to better understand the Arabic pamphlets handed out by ticket conductors throughout the week.

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Police Officer Hilariously Chases a Pair of Inept Criminals Around an Edmonton Convenience Store

Hilarious surveillance footage taken from the security system of a Spruce Grove Edmonton, Canada Reddi Mart convenience store shows a pair of inept, but sneaky couple who attempted to rob the store and then individually to escape from a lone RMCP officer. The officer was doing his best in trying to contain the chaos, but was completely overrun by the pair. When the officer tried to cuff the male of the pair, the female walked right by them into the office and slid onto the ceiling, most likely thinking she could make a clean getaway. Unfortunately for her, however, the ceiling was not meant to hold anything heavier than its tiles.

Ceiling Crash Robbers

And of course, no song other than “Yakety Sax” (Benny Hill theme song) would suffice as the soundtrack for this hilarious scene.

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Michael Jackson’s Friend Shut Down a Florida Grocery Store So He Could Shop Like Everybody Else

In 2003, the late Michael Jackson mentioned to a friend that he didn’t know what it was like to go grocery shopping just like everybody else. As it turns out, this friend owned a strip mall that held a Publix Supermarket in Boynton Beach, Florida and was happy to shut it down for a day to give his friend a semi-authentic shopping experience. The store was staffed with people Jackson already knew, some wearing costumes. Everyone really played their part to the letter in order to make this shopping trip as normal as possible for the megastar. Jackson shared the experience in an on-camera interview.

I said in one of my interviews it’s my dream to go on a supermarket and just shop and be like everybody else and put things in a basket because I can’t do it. Because if I, when I try to do it people crowd around you they want autographs and they want to design things and take pictures. That’s why I love disguises so much I could sit on a bench at Disneyland and see what people really do and talk about, but when they see it’s Michael Jackson they change I don’t see the real thing, you know it’s so I want to see the real world, what’s really like.

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Merry Clayton’s Incredible Isolated Vocals From the Night She Sung on ‘Gimme Shelter’ in Her Pajamas

In a fabulous clip from the 2013 film 20 Feet From Stardom, the great Merry Clayton, who sang the incredible backup vocals on the iconic Rolling Stones song “Gimme Shelter“, recalled the night she was asked to come to the studio to record, after she had gotten ready for bed.

It was like very late at night and I was very pregnant, had curlers and the whole thing in my head getting ready to go to bed and we got a call Mary it’s a group of guys in town called rollin…rollin somebodies and they’re from England and they need somebody that will sing with them.They picked me up with silk pajamas on a mink coat and a Chanel scarf on my head.

Frontman Mick Jagger also recalled that night quite similarly.

We said would be wonderful of a woman sing this part about that I’ve written about rape, murder and all this it was in the middle of the night and then we thought we would love to have a woman sing this part. I didn’t know her from Adam, didn’t know she would turn up that curlers, that she was in bed. You know it was kind of a raunchy part to sing.

The best part of clip, however is hearing Clayton’s isolated vocals from that legendary night.

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Man Quits His Job at Popeyes by Singing a Song

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A Teeny Tiny Blind Dwarf Munchkin Cat Gets a Second Chance at Life With a Loving Human’s Care

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A sweet little dwarf munchkin cat whose name is Giselle, but is also known as “Potato” and “Stumpy Cat”, is an incredible little survivor. A big-hearted woman named Holly discovered Giselle on the MSPCA Boston adoption page and fell instantly in love with the tiny three pound kitty (the size of a guinea pig). Holly had previously worked with special needs cats, so she was approved to bring Giselle home, despite the kitty’s wide array of ailments.

In addition to her skeletal deformities, her organs are to big, her rib cage is way to small and her head is to big which adds weight to her spine.. Her heart is being protected by her tiny rib cage but her lungs are squished and makes it difficult for her to breath.. Things like car rides and even picking her up stresses her out a lot and make her breathing even worse.. Although she has become very playful, she gets tired quickly and needs to rest her lungs.. She has been treated since the day she was surrendered by her amazing pain specialist, Dr. Moses.. a fighting chance at a better life and I thank her for all her honesty and compassion for Mrs Potato Cat.. We have a medication routine with her feedings and she is on 2 meds daily so she is not uncomfortable currently.. We have spent a lot of time trying to get an idea of all her ailments so we can be prepared as things change over her lifetime.. She was also blind from birth most likely, she knows no different and it’s doesn’t bother her at all!

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That said, Giselle appears to be thriving and happy in Holly’s loving home. Giselle even plays with her feline brother, her favorite crinkle toy and anything laced with catnip.

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