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John Ford Point

Monument Valley in Arizona has been a dazzling presence on film. John Ford shot his classic western Stagecoach (1939) there, etching these towering rocks on film lover’s retinas for ever. But there are no Native Americans, stagecoaches or cavalry in Vincent Mercier’s photos. He and co-author Brigitte Ollier offer a very different perspective on these eternal landscapes, transforming the outcrops into crumbling châteaux eroded over many years then left to the desert. Just for show.

Par Vincent Mercier et Brigitte Ollier

Filigranes Éditions

Comme les chevaux…

The Power of the Herd. Pegasus, Bucephalus and Jolly Jumper all feature in children’s books, but their fellow creatures have a lot more to teach us. Our finest (and oldest) conquest, the horsenon-predatory, nomadic, sociable and adaptablepossesses an emotional intelligence that can work therapeutic miracles with the most vulnerable. Linda Kohanov suggests that horses and herd behavior have lessons for us that can improve everyday life for human beings and help with managing groups.

Par Linda Kohanov

Le Courrier du livre

Moi, je suis un cheval

For this not quite impossible story, Gek Tessaro deploys his characteristic style, a joyous hullabaloo combining line drawing, collage, painting, delicate colored pencil and vibrant felt pen. A fed-up camel swaps the monotony of his circus for life in the municipal guard, displaying a healthy dose of aplomb and a way with words. In so doing, he demonstrates that life is full of possibilities for those obstinate enough.

Par Bernard Friot et Gek Tessaro

Éditions La Joie de Lire

Western camarguais

When it comes to the history of French cinema, the western remains an unexpected and little-known genre. And yet there were indeed lone riders, the sun beating down on herds of cattle, weather-beaten faces and women with piercing eyes. This was all filmed in the Camargue, an untamed region that could stand in for both South America and the United States, equally suited to silent movies and the intense colors of D’ viens-tu Johnny? (1963). Recounting in detail the story of this open-air studio, this is a book for inquisitive film lovers and nostalgic cowboys.

Sous la direction d’Estelle Rouquette et Sam Stourdzé

Actes Sud

La Vie cavalière

“A horse rider’s life is spent most of the time on foot, providing little respite, even on rest days.” Whether reading, working, loving, falling off a horse and getting back up again, Sophie Nauleau, writer and producer for France Culture, has a galloping heart. With one word, she sets her sedentary reader off on an energetic trot, delving even into the intimacy of an equine yawn. It’s as if the hoofprints behind her had left a poem, traced in breath and earth.

Par Sophie Nauleau

cheval, jouet


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