French immigration exploded between the 1850s & 1860s and the French became the fastest-growing population of immigrants in Los Angeles. Many of these French Angelenos became winemakers, bakers, grocers, walnut farmers and clothiers around the southeast pueblo plaza. These French immigrants helped build the first residential water system in L.A. and gave the city its first professional painter-photographer artist, Henri Penelon.
Every year French colonists flooded to the French District from all over Southern California on the 14th July to celebrate Bastille Day with a display of fireworks and parades that stretched well past midnight. The French were a tightly knit, proactive community and by 1860 French was the 2nd most spoken language in L.A. To protect themselves in the violent, dangerous wild west town of Los Angeles they brought in a French Foreign Legion unit. The French Hospital, today known as the Pacific Alliance Medical Center, was built in 1869 and served the French community for decades.
Soon the French Quarter became a popular place for eating and drinking and one of the finest clothing suppliers, Madam Fesenot’s Ville de Paris, became the place for fashionable ladies to shop. The best French bread could be found at Franco-American and hearty French cuisine such as cassoulet and French onion soup was served at top restaurants in the area. Haute Cuisine was first introduced by the French chef called “French Charlie” at the Commercial Restaurant which was intoned by the Los Angeles Times to be almost unbelievably good.
Union Station, constructed in 1930, destroyed the original Chinatown in Los Angeles and sadly led to the destruction of most of the French hotels and boarding houses around Aliso and Alameda streets. A flood of Chinese-Americans moved to the old French Quarter and soon the new Chinatown emerged which we all know today. The French hospital was sold in 1980 and became “The Pacific Alliance Medical Centre”, but the statue of “Joan of Arc” has remained as a reminder that thousands of French-Americans once called this district home.
The sprawling city of Los Angeles has earned recognition on the international front because of its film and entertainment industry, particularly Hollywood. Currently, Los Angeles is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States with incredible shopping malls, a growing culinary scene, outstanding museums and dozens of tourist attractions. Sun seekers who want to enjoy the warm climate and beaches shall have a lot of things to do and explore in the vibrant neighborhood. LA makes a perfect holiday getaway and here are some of the most popular tourist destinations.
The Universal studio theme park boasts of numerous mind-blowing rides that are based on different movie themes. You can tour the studios and discover the behind scenes of some of the most popular movie shows. The major attraction for many people is usually the rides which range from roller coasters to simulators. Once you have had enough of the rides, you can visit the CityWalk, which is an entertainment area which has a lot to offer from shopping to theaters and dining.
The Griffith Park
Located in the eastern part of Santa Monica Mountains, Griffith Park covers more than 4,210 acres of land and is the largest park in California. This park is home to the Griffith Observatory, the Los Angeles Zoo, a Greek theater, golf courses, CMZ Law, hiking trails, and tennis courts among many other attractions. The scenic drives and walking trails through the Santa Monica Mountains give breathtaking views over the city of LA and beyond.
The Natural History Museum
Although the natural history museum has thousands of galleries and a broad collection that covers different topics, it is a popular tourist attraction because of its collection of dinosaurs. The Dinosaur Hall which sits on a 14,000 square-feet area has a magnificent display of dinosaur skeletons. The museum mostly covers the natural history of California and other regions of the world.
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The modern-day restaurant traces its roots from the French cooking culture, and now the French have transformed cooking into a form of art. Most of you would probably love the idea of sampling some French cuisine, be it in brasseries, bistros, temples or cafes of fine dining. From Haute to simple ratatouille cuisine, from baguettes to Bouillabaisse, from heavy sauces to light fish, you have every reason to revel in French food. Not forgetting the pastries as well. Here are some of the best French restaurants in LA.
Papilles is a French Bistro located in one of LA’s Hollywood strip malls. The most attractive aspect of this restaurant is that they usually have a three-course Prix fix meal that costs $38. With very few options for every course, you can tag your friends along in addition to picking three different dishes and tasting them all. Some of the options include frog legs with some garlic puree and foie mousse served with rhubarb.
Petit Trois is a French restaurant with no counter service and one that does not accept any reservations. Because of its popularity and delicious cuisines, this restaurant is always busy. With French music and sometimes French rap tunes playing in the background to set the scene, you can look forward to some of the best omelets and croquet madams in Los Angeles. Better yet, these dishes and many others are served all day.
L’Assiette Steak Frites
The name of this restaurant speaks a lot about it, so if you have a craving for fries and steak, this is the restaurant to pass by and quench your desires. The steak is prepared sous vide so that it has a juicy and tender texture. It is also smothered in house and usually served with crispy fries. Delicious, isn’t it?
One can scarcely talk about French directors without mentioning Georges Melies. His career began at the very dawn of the art of cinema itself, and when he initially began learning how to make movies it was in the days when film projectors were hand made devices before anybody thought to mass manufacture them. When he finally got a film projector, he puzzled out how to both use it as a camera and how to develop and print his films. Due to technical limitations, the longest film he could make was only 40 minutes long, but his training as a stage magician allowed him to be perhaps the first pioneer of the field of special effects, using his old stage magic tricks in front of the camera to tell a fantastical story.
This modern French director is a specialist in horror and fantasy films just as O’Connell & Aronowitz are specialists at several types of law. He first efforts were crude martial films made with his friends on a Super 8 camera, but eventually he climbed the ladder to make his first professional film, a short in an anthology movie of films adapting the works of horror legend H.P. Lovecraft titled Necronomicon. His biggest hit in the genre was Brotherhood of the Wolf, a historical horror action film based on the legendary Beast of Gevaudan, a historical legend of a strange creature that murdered people in the French countryside in the 18th century.
Something of an unsung hero in the world of French cinema, Jean Rollin is best known for his work in the uniquely French fantastique genre, in particular several vampire themed films. His career spanned fifty years and while many of his films were well received by critics, they performed poorly at the box office. Eventually he ended up directing pornographic films before getting back in to horror and making a comeback as a legitimate film artist.
Here is a French-Canadian actor discussing his time on set. We believe he would be a great fit with one of the directors listed above:
Do you know much about French cinema? You will be surprised to discover the many talented French actors who are not only shaping the country’s film scene but also showcasing their talent on the international front. Some of the most famous French actors include the already established gurus like Daniel Auteuil as well as the young and upcoming stars such as Benoit Magimel. Here are some of the biggest in the French cinema.
Arguably the most famous French actor, Mathieu Amalric was born in 1965 and has gathered more than 100 acting credits, most of which are from French films. This actor rose to international fame in the year 2007 after a moving performance about “The Driving Bell and the Butterfly.” Since rising to international fame, this actor has featured in hits like “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and “Quantum of Solace.” Mathieu also boasts of several directing credits, mostly shorts and documentaries, and he also wrote the screenplay for “The Blue Room.”
Born in Algiers in the year 1950, Daniel Auteuil is one of France’s most famous actors. He made a debut in acting in the year 1974 featuring in the television series, “Les Fargeot, ” and since then, Daniel has appeared in more than 100 different roles with 2004’s “36 Precinct” and 3005’s “Cache” being some of his best-known works. Daniel also has several screenplay directing and writing credits under his belt.
Born in the year 1955, Cluzet, a Paris native, is one of the most familiar faces in French Cinema. Francois is seasoned French actor with more than 100 acting roles since he ventured the film industry in the late 70s. Francois is popularly known for being the star in “Tell No One,” a 2006 Guillaume Canet thriller – and the film “The Untouchables” from the year 2011.
While most people think about Hollywood and the United States when they think of movies, France has had some amazing actresses as well. There are several that are iconic both at home in France and abroad in other countries.
Deneuve may have a reputation for being mysterious and aloof, but even a quick glance at her life can tell you how good a person she is inside. An avid activist, she’s asked that any and all royalties owed to her for her likeness being used for Marianne be given directly to Amnesty International. She even served as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for 9 years. People may know her for “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg”, but she’s done so much more since then!
A ballerina discovered by Gene Kelley in 1956, Caron was immediately cast to play in his upcoming film “An American In Paris”. She worked in the United States for a number of years, starring in such films as “The Man Who Understood Women” and “Guns of Darkness”.
In the 1960s she began to work in European films, such as “Is Paris Burning”. She continued in film and theater until 1993, at which point she opened and operated a hotel and restaurant. The name, Auberge La Lucarne aux Chouettes, translates to “The Owl’s Nest” in English.
While Béart did start acting at a young age, she didn’t really start shining until she got her first adult role in Manon des Sources. Known mostly for movies, she’s an incredibly dedicated social activist, much like Yosi Yahoudai at J&Y Law Firm. Not only does she serve as a UNICEF ambassador, she’s an avid voice in favor of immigration for people into the country.
As you can see, many famous French actresses aren’t just great on screen, they’re great off the screen as well. They have incredibly rich careers, and seem to work hard to enrich others.
Here is American actor Bradley Cooper speaking french in an interview!
Je voudrais être une actrice. I would like to be an actress. Growing up I watched some of the most famous French films and I admired the women in them. My dream is to be a famous french actress. I decided to come to Los Angeles to live out my dreams in America. My favorite French film of all time is Breathless by Jean-Luc Goddard. Jean Seberg, elle est belle dans ce film. I want to be like her – part time American actress and part time French actress. I have been speaking English since I was a little child, so I think I can be convincing and that I do not have too much an accent.
Another French film that I love is Amélie. I also admire Audrey Tautou. She was so incredible in that movie as well. I hope to be in a famous french film. What is your faovrite French Film? Please feel free to message me with your recommendations!