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The Tragic Absurdity of French New Wave Cinema Is the Perfect Quarantine Binge

If you feel like the world is doomed, the characters in these movies show us that it’s okay to be silly even when we’re scared

Why Is Cristal So Fucking Expensive?

It’s a perfect combination of history, artistry, celebrity and the fact that people really, really like to show off

The Machiavellian Matriarch Who Shadow-Ruled France Through Her Husband, Sons and a Flying Squadron of Spies

Catherine de Medici, 16th Century Queen of France, allegedly poisoned her enemies, spied on husbands, and prostituted hundreds of women as informants

‘Climax’ Is the Rare Gaspar Noé Film That’s Actually Getting Everyone Off

‘I’m not trying to provoke people,’ the infamous provocateur tells us in a conversation about drugs, sex, dance and the future of film