The Grand Budapest Hotel : grandeur et décadence d’un grand hôtel d’après Wes Anderson / « The Grand Budapest Hotel » : the rise and fall of a great hotel by Wes Anderson

The Grand Budapest Hotel is a comedy-drama written and directed in 2014 by Wes Anderson, and inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig.This movie was entirely filmed in Görlitz and other parts of Saxony as well as at Studio Babelsberg. This film tells the story of a grand hotel in Art Deco style, which experienced…

Ward de Frédéric Werst : le pays imaginaire des Wards/ Ward by Frédéric Werst : the imaginary country of Wards

Ward Ie-IIe siècle et  Ward IIIe siècle are two books by French author Frédéric Werst, published respectively in 2011 and 2014. Born in 1970, Frédéric Werst is associate letters. He teaches in a high school in Paris. « By love of literature », the author has invented a new language, Wardwesân, rich more than 10,000 words. This…

« La Carte de Tendre  » : un exemple des cartes allégoriques du pays de l’amour / Allegorical Maps of the Country of Love

Carte de Tendre de François Chauveau dans Clélie, Histoire romaine, première partie de Madeleine de Scudéry, Paris, Augustin Courbé, 1654, © BnF La Carte de Tendre is a map of an imaginary country called Tendre, imagined by Madeleine de Scudéry in her novel Clélie, histoire romaine, published in 10 volumes from 1654 to 1660. This…

La géographie dans « La Recherche » de Marcel Proust / Geography in Proust’s « In Search of Lost Time »

In the main work of Marcel Proust « In Search of Lost Time« , geography holds a prime position. It is not a descriptive geography, neither a geography with a scientific purpose nor exactly anchored on the reality, but a geography born from the imagination of the author where reality is closely intertwined with his imagination. According to…

« Le procès » ou les espaces d’une bureaucratie aveugle et totalitaire/ »The trial » or spaces of a blind and authoritarian bureaucracy

« The Trial » is a film directed by Orson Welles in 1962. In this adaptation of the eponymous novel by Franz Kafka, Orson Welles, who respected almost the entire story, shows distressing spaces of modern states bureaucracies after the Second World War and the experience of the atomic bomb.. « Le procès » est un film réalisé par…

« Les 39 marches » ou une carte comme indice de l’origine d’un meurtre/ « The 39 Steps » or a map as index of the source of a murder

The 39 Steps is a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock adapted in 1935 from the eponymous novel by John Buchan written in 1915 and adapted several times to the cinema. This was the first major success of the « English period » of Hitchcok who attracted attention of the American public.. Les 39 marches est un film…

Earth attacks Mars ! La Terre à l’attaque de Mars !

The day of the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe, considered today as one of the biggest stars of American cinema, California received the first images of Mars. How could one fail to notice this dual event occurring on the same day, that the American entertainment world, and especially in California, wanted to produce as well…

« Dérive et pyschogéographie ». Conférence d’Emmanuel Guy à l’occasion de l’exposition « Guy Debord. Un art de la guerre » à la BnF / « Dérive and pyschogeography ». Conference from Emmanuel Guy in the framework of the exhibition « Guy Debord. Un art de la guerre » at BnF

On April 27 was held at the BnF a conference entitled « Drift and psychogeography » which took place in the framework of the exhibition « Guy Debord. Un art de la guerrer » which takes place from 27 March to 13 July 2013 in Grande Galerie at the BNF (François Mitterrand Site). This conference was given by Emmanuel…

Cartographier livres et oeuvres culturelles / mapping novels and cultural works

We present here two recent French projects of cultural mapping. The first is developed  by the association of libraries of the Ville de Paris. The second named Géoculture, a very ambitious cultural Web and mobile  service with a mapping tool that aim to give access to the cultural works of a region. . Les initiatives…

Inception (Nolan) : quand les perceptions de l’espace sont modifiées/ When perceptions of space are modified

Inception is a film written, directed and produced in 2010 by Christopher Nolan. The film tells the story of an « extractor », the hero, who enters the dreams of others to obtain information. Recruited for the sake of his faculties in the field of industrial espionage, the hero has lost his family and had to flee.…

Kafka (Soderbergh): les espaces de l’absurdité de la bureaucratie/ Spaces of Bureaucracy’s Absurdity

Kafka is a film directed by Steven Soderbergh in 1991. The screenplay mixes events from the life of the Czech German  speaking writer and themes of several of his major novels, mainly the absurdity of the world, especially in the context of bureaucracy. The use of black and white in a part of the film…

« Le Seigneur des Anneaux » : les cartes des mondes imaginaires de Tolkien/ »The Lord of the Rings »: maps of imaginary worlds of Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings is the first film of a trilogy directed by Peter Jackson based on the eponymous books of JRR Tolkien. The film relies heavily on cartographic representations of imaginary worlds, among which Middle-earth, the main land where the trilogy takes place. To trace the origins of Middle-earth, we must refer to…

Kiki la petite sorcière ou l’initiation à la lecture des cartes/ Kiki’s Delivery Service, an initiation to map reading

Kiki’s Delivery Service is an animated film directed in 1989 by Hayo Miyazaki, based on a book by Eiko Kadono and illustrated by Akiko Ayashi. The story is about a young witch who, at the age of 13, must leave her home, as all young witches do, and has to go to a new city for…

« Carte certifiée conforme à notre imagination ». La géographie parallèle de Marc Jurt et Michel Butor

In 1994 and 1995, the artist and engraver Marc Jurt and the writer Michel Butor initiated an artistic collaboration inspired by maps; all kind of maps : city maps or aerial photographs, world maps or topographic maps, aeronautical maps or meteorological maps. Marc Jurt started with geographical documents and  juxtaposed or superimposed  engravings or paintings…

Yucca Mountain – John d’Agata, une carte entre vérité et exactitude.

About a Mountain is an essay by John d’Agata about nuclear waste issue. The book has another title in the French edition (Yucca Mountain) and the cover represents a face drawn with the traditional cartographic symbols. The illustration does not exist on the original book’s cover. Why ? Publié en 2012 en France, Yucca Montain…

« On the road » a film of Walter Salles adapted from Jack Kerouac novel/ « Sur la route » de Walter Salles adapté du roman de Jack Kerouac

« On the Road » is a film by Walter Salles, adapted from the novel by Jack Kerouac. This film was presented at the 65th Cannes Film Festival and was released on screens on May 23, 2012. Kerouac’s novel, published in 1957, and one of the best known of this author, relate trip Kerouac between the east…

The Desert of the Tartars (Buzzati) : space and fiction of a military no man’s land / Le Désert des Tartares : espace et fiction d’un no man’s land militaire

Il deserto di Tartari (The Desert of the Tartars)  shot in 1976 by Valerio Zurlini is a French-German-Italian production. This film is an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Dino Buzzati. The script is very similar in topic and atmosphere to the novel. It benefits from a good casting and a soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.…

Personal and fictional spaces of Julien Gracq – Un balcon en forêt / Espaces personnels et fictionnels de Julien Gracq

Un balcon en forêt is a film shot in 1979 by Michel Mitrani from the book of the same title of Julien Gracq, published in 1958 by Editions Jose Corti. This editor published in 2011, Manuscrits de guerre of the same author, written while he lived as a military the few weeks of the German…

Babar and Father Christmas’s House/ Babar et la Maison du Père Noël – Jean de Brunhoff

Here is a seasonal post. Christmas time is for children and children’s stories. It is the perfect moment to present the simple and naive but very effective spatial machinery Jean de Brunhoff imagines when he relates the discovery of the house of Father Christmas by Babar in the album Babar and Father Christmas(1941). It illustrates…

Minority Report : is Big Brother already watching us ? / Big Brother nous surveille-t-il déjà ?

Minority Report is a Steven Spielberg film (2002) adapted of the eponymous short story that Philip K. Dick published in 1956. More than fifty years after being written, and although widely modified in the film version, the short story of Dr. K. Dick is still of a troubling modernity. When it was released, the film…

Antoine, the Little Prince is back! / Le Petit Prince revient!

The Little Prince created by Saint-Exupery has become a universal character. Translated into more than 200 languages, the poetic and philosophical tale written by the French aviator touches the hearts of people all around the world. Were you aware he left his planet to materialize on the Earth ? Do you want to know where and…

The cell of Edmond Dantès/Le cachot d’Edmond Dantès, Château d’If – Marseille

As a first example of a local materialization of fiction, we present the cell of Edmond Dantès in the Chateau d’If, near Marseille and, more specifically, the tunnel that this character of  the Count of Monte-Christo, novel by Alexandre Dumas, would have made to get Abbé Faria, his prison companion. Le premier exemple de matérialisation…