The chance to look behind the scenes of La Belle Epoque Movie in is also interesting: Antoine’s firm is, in fact, an analogue of any film crew, which, with the help of a ton of invisible labor, blue tape and such and such a mother, creates the magic of cinema on the screen. The very magic that allows the viewer (or, as here, the customer of the production) to live an artificial reality as if it were real, closing his eyes to the conventions, flaws of the props and the lighting technician swearing somewhere above – or not at all noticing them. Because the viewer / participant is positive and wants to believe. “Our everything” – Pushkin, not Smith – a couple of centuries ago described the effect: “Oh, it’s not difficult to deceive me! .. I’m glad to be deceived myself!”
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“Belle Époque” does not flaunt novelty: the staged reality was invented long before any “Games” and “The Truman Show”, and we have already seen a good actor in the role of an average actor who suddenly produces a brilliant game – remember at least “Once upon a time … in Hollywood” … But the film deftly handles antiquity. One of the best movie scenes is immersion in the atmosphere of a 70s party, with river alcohol and smoke (not just tobacco) rocker, with a dance to Yes Sir, I can boogie and in a rain of flower petals, with an orgy for some and a touching first kiss for others. … At the sight of such a nostalgia for the 70s; even those who were not yet born will be able to experience it.
Someone at the words “Belle Epoque” recalls the Renaissance or the beginning of the Third Republic; and someone – a modest cafe. Where, on a completely ordinary day on May 16, 1974, under ordinary circumstances; something happened that changed the whole future life of several people at once. The history of peoples is written by large-scale events, the history of an individual person; by small everyday details, chance encounters, spontaneous impulses. However, do not underestimate the importance of small details – even the local psychotherapist talks about this. An ordinary tie around the neck of an old husband may mean more than an order or a hanging noose around the neck of an emperor. The main thing is not to forget about it – or remember in time.