French cultural life - August 2019

Actor Louis de Funès as a 'Gendarme'

Actors, art and the Académie , a round up of the arts and culture stories creating a buzz in France this month

1.  Memories of much-loved actor

A new museum dedicated to the life and career of Louis de Funès (1914-1983), one of France’s best loved comedy actors, has opened in Saint-Raphaël (Var).

Born in Hauts-de-Seine to Spanish parents, Louis de Funès regularly tops polls as France’s favourite actor – he amassed over 140 film roles – but was little known in the English-speaking world.

One of his films – 1974’s The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacob – was, however, nominated for a 1975 Golden Globe for best foreign language film.

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