By now thousands of migrants are crossing the French borders heading home for the Summer holidays. They left the villages of Spain and Portugal during the tough years of the fascist Iberian regimes and they still take to France, Germany, Switzerland to find a better job and escape the difficulties that still affect these two countries’ hinterland.
Depicting the lives of the Spanish cleaning ladies and maids in Paris, “The Women of the 6th Floor” is a beautiful movie that does not fail to show the difficulties of the migrants in a big city but does it with humor.
Starring the acclaimed Spanish actress Carmen Maura (who won a Cesar award in France as actress in supporting role in this movie), Natalia Verbeke and Fabrice Luchini the film revolves around the lives of these funny maids and the love story between a boss and his maid. But it is above all a story of respect for the maids and concierges of Paris. Not to miss!!
Some called them New Romantics, others referred to them as Futurists or as the Blitz Kids. Born in the beginning of the 80’s in a London club called the Blitz, Blitz Kids is probably the name that best encapsulates this youth movement which brought fashion and extravaganza to a new level. Steve Strange and Rusty Egan are the main names behind these club nights, the first with its daring look and tons of mascara, the second the person in charge to the synth music that took this wild mob to the dancefloor – Both would later work together in the Visage, the band which delivered the huge hit “Fade to gray”.
From this club nights resulted a movement, the New Romantics, highly influenced by both the music and aesthetics of David Bowie. Boy George and Culture Club, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Ultravox, Bow Wow Wow, Heaven 17, Gary Numan, Human League, Soft Cell or Adam and the Ants were just some of the names that provided the soundtracks for the crazy lives of these mob which Graham Smith covers and portrays in the book entitled “We can be Heroes, Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a a Particular Persuasion” which has just come out:.
For those wishing to revisit these extravagant nights please check the London media on a regular basis and look for Blitz has been hosting one off club nights in this city. Aside from these nights, some of the aforementioned bands have been making regular comebacks, as it is the case of Heaven 17 which, after has been playing regular gigs featuring both the band songs and the songs recorded at the British Electric Foundation, hosted gigs with household names such as Boy George, Midge Ure or Green Garthside. Others, such as Duran Duran, ABC or Boy George have been making regular comebacks in stand alone concerts or in major festivals.
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