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2008-07-23 03:00:00

By Susan Dunne, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 23--"The Duchess of Langleais" is quite a sexy movie, which is noteworthy because there's no sex in it. There's passion, longing, regret and misery. There is love, too, if love is what you'd call two people who lie to themselves and each other, by commission and omission, until neither can stand to live anymore. But their battle is intense and well played by its two terrific leads, a tragic romance for the ages. Jacques Rivette's...

2006-06-21 05:46:06

By James Mackenzie PARIS (Reuters) - One of France's greatest private collections of manuscripts and rare editions from the giants of French literature fetched high prices late on Tuesday in the most closely watched auction of its type in years. The sale of the private library of Pierre Beres, a legendary Paris book dealer, aroused unusual interest after he donated the manuscript of "La Chartreuse de Parme," one of the great novels of the 19th century, to the state earlier in the...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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