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Oscar Wilde’s renovated grave, one year later

An unexpected outcome? Not for some. Last November, Oscar Wilde’s grave was thoroughly renovated and all the lipstick and graffiti was removed. The renovation included installing a glass wall around the grave for conservation purposes as the plaque on Wilde’s grave has not been successful in dissuading visitors from defacing it. The plaque reads: Respect […]

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“Père Lachaise”, short film by Wes Craven

From the movie, Paris, je t’aime (2006) A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream director, Wes Craven, shot this short film in Père Lachaise. It stars Emily Mortimer as Frances and Rufus Sewell as William.

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A dire situation for Père Lachaise

The cemetery, one of the most visited sites in Paris, has only 12 guards. Not enough to combat looting by funerary art enthusiasts.

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Multimedia concert “Sacred Grounds, Sacred Sounds” by Melodic Vision

A journey through the history, mystery and music of Père Lachaise cemetery Do you ever wonder what a concert in Père Lachaise would be like of music by musicians in Père Lachaise? I do. I like to wander around Père Lachaise listening to my Père Lachaise playlist on my iPod. But I frequently wonder how extraordinary […]

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Animated movie, “The Ghosts of Père Lachaise” [Trailer]

The pitch Imagine a club, open to everyone, where you can meet international rock stars, famous writers and an army of talented actors in a majestic setting. Lucie, a 11 year old girl, is the only one who has the chance to access this ultra VIP place which is the cemetery of Père Lachaise. Lucie […]

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Rockin’ The Dead In Zagreb: The real story of Jim Morrison’s bust

By Michelle Campbell The dead rocked On Friday, January 27, 2012, the dead were royally rocked in Zagreb, Croatia. There were two events at the Zagreb City Museum that were linked by one of rock music’s premier figures, Jim Morrison, of The Doors. In the museum was an exhibit about Zagreb cemeteries and funerals called “Mors […]

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Chopin, the poet of the piano

Frédéric François Chopin was a classical pianist and composer. Born in Poland in 1810 to a French father and a Polish mother, Chopin arrived in Paris in October 1831 and died there in 1849 at the age of 39. Chopin’s Paris In addition to Chopin’s grave in Père Lachaise cemetery, there are several points of […]

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DJ Mehdi, a magician at the turntables

Mehdi Favéris-Essadi 1977–2011 DJ Mehdi was a critically acclaimed and award-winning Paris-based music producer and DJ. He initially started out producing hip-hop records, most notably 113’s Les Princes de la Ville which won two major French music awards in 2000 (Rap Album of the Year and Best New Artist). He then crossed over to electronic […]

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Homage to George Whitman in Paris

Family plans to mark his grave with a statue of Don Quixote Following George Whitman’s (1913–2011) death on December 14, a friend and I stopped by Shakespeare and Company today to pay homage to the owner of the legendary Left Bank English-language bookstore.