"This recognition came only after three years of active friendship, following Rilke's publications of the projected work. Rilke only remained Rodin's unpaid secretary for a few months. The master was a despot with the beard of a prophet; he had his moods, his caprices and rages. One of these storms dislodged, if it did not actually break the friendship between the two men. In the meantime however, Rilke had discovered Paris and learnt French. He was drawn with contemplative obeisance to the forms of French life, to the Parisian landscape, to its writers and artists. To Maurice Martin du Gard, he later confided,
Every being in Paris bears a unique expression, a sign of their personality that they do not show, but that they do not seek to hide either. All the nuances of joy; of misery or solitude, only in the faces of the people of Paris do I find them, and the French vitality expresses itself in the multiplicity of these myriad apparitions; in the street I never cross a void; I go from one face to another, still bearing the memory of the authentic value and clarity of the first, and all is imbued with a consummate and delicate light . . ."
The 19th Annual French Film Festival -- COLCOA comes to the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles from April 20th through April 28th, 2015.
The weekly event has been extended an extra 2 days to include 68 films -- 3 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 14 U.S. Premieres, 16 West Coast Premieres, and 20 new shorts. In addition to those films is a new competition introducing films and series produced for television.