Friday, February 03, 2006

Qui Est Fernandel?

Sometimes you don't see something until you've seen it somewhere else -- or you start noticing it more once you've come across it.

Such is the case with me and French comic actor Fernandel. I've not once heard of the man, but today in the New York Times, I read about him in a review mentioning a new book from Taschen. Then, elsewhere in the paper, in an article by an entirely different writer, I was struck by a mention in a theater review.

The second reference would never have hit my radar had I not seen the first -- and the first hit so hard because of the amazing photographs by Philippe Halsman.

Who -- or what -- is your most recent Fernandel?

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