Paris 1973 - downtown by nickcarter ()
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Ah the charm of Paris of the years ' 70.
Still remember that In a humid and foggy warm late afternoon, I was lost in the meanders of the slums of the city (today would be called "the Banlieu "). In a sordid alley I crossed this strange staggering couple, because of the swallowed alcohol, which contended Cheerfully the bottle, while in one corner another couple was flirting passionately! A scene, also given the atmosphere, to say the least surreal that seemed almost out of the pages of a book of Simenon!
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Il est vrai Jean_C cette scène aurait pu se produire dans n'importe quel coin du monde et j'ai vu encore pire dans d'autres grandes capitales européennes, mais ce que je me souviens avec une sympathie particulière, peut-être pour l'atmosphère intrigante ou pour la confriere dont j'ai apprécié dans Ce moment, un mélange d'émotions que je porte encore aujourd'hui!
As you state in your comment to Jean_C, this does feel very 'specific', it has a Parisian feeling. Only certain cities would have this scene. And I do sense some "Maigret" feeling lurking in the shadows. (I've only read a little of Simenon, but I know his famous character...and some of my friends talked about Simenon, years ago...)
You captured a 'gritty' and mysterious urban feeling...as if lovers might appear at every corner. (Consider the lovers on the left stairwell: They are sharing something very intimate, and we'll never know their secrets...we just get a glance into their inner world...)
I love the posture of the drinking man---he's in 'abandon' over that bottle. And Le Chat Noir---perfect name for a place in this neighborhood.
A very moody, very "noir-ish" piece, similar to some scenes of the great 1940s American detective writers, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. Moody, mysterious, and well done.