Friday, March 24, 2017
UNE MAISON, UN ARTISTE – VICTOR HUGO, UNE ÎLE POUR EXIL (Directed by François Chayé) **
A great writer – Victor Hugo, but most don’t know that in May 1856, he fled Paris in search of peace and freedom. In Guernsey, he bought a stunning house and renovated it. The décor was full of antiques; walls were laden with tapestries and paintings and sculptures were in every nook. Dark and full of oak, the house became his inspirational spot for writing. He looked out at the seaside town and eventually responded to the poverty other than through his writing. He took in children and started a school. Hugo was a fascinating genius; his legacy lives on through his writing and this museum house. The film did not explain how he amassed his fortune, where he got these antiques, nor anything much about his writings. (Screened at FIFA).