Heidi Ellison

Heidi Ellison, a long-time Paris resident, is a freelance journalist specializing in art, travel and literature. Her articles have been published in dozens of international publications, and she has contributed to a number of guidebooks on Paris and France.

Très Bien, Merci

ID Check

May 29, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Identity cards play a major role in Très Bien, Merci, a film with a serious identity crisis of its own. One minute it seems to be turning into a French version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and the … Read More

Centre Pompidou: Contemporary Collection

April 24, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Contemporary Correspondences Photo: Georges Meguerditchian Following the successful rehang of its modern art collection (1906-60), the Centre Pompidou has scored another hit with the new presentation of its contemporary collection (1960-present), showing individual pieces chronologically in loose groupings that bring … Read More

Centre Pompidou

February 20, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Condensed History of Modern Art Giorgio De Chirico’s “Portrait Prémonitoire de Guillaume Apollinaire” (1914). Photo © Centre Pompidou, ADAGP, Paris, 2007 The Centre Pompidou’s just-opened chronological rehang of its permanent collection of modern art (1906-60) offers a certain vision of … Read More

Les Ambitieux

A Book in a Box

February 6, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Film

Les Ambitieux, directed by Catherine Corsini, stars Karin Viard in a near-perfect portrayal of a tough (but attractive, of course) book editor for a major French publisher. Judith is a man-eater who uses men for sex and dumps them as … Read More

Hôtel Duo

January 30, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Madame de Pompadour Slept Here The lobby of the Hôtel Duo, decorated by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Until recently, Paris’s Marais neighborhood has been surprisingly short on agreeable mid-range hotels suitable for both tourists and businesspeople, but that is beginning to … Read More

The Five Hotel

January 23, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Designs on the Senses The suspended bed in the romantic room 603 won’t make you seasick by swaying, since it hangs from rigid steel cables. Paris’s stock of small neighborhood hotels is slowly being taken over and transformed from musty … Read More

La Rentrée Littéraire Jan. 2007

January 16, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Books

Poli-lit, Tech-lit & Chick-lit It’s January, time for the publication of a slew of new books in France. The fiction scene is a little less crowded for this rentrée littéraire, with 353 new French novels, 67 of them first attempts, … Read More

Culture Wars

January 9, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Archive

Artistic Soul for Sale? Some critics of the French government accuse it of wanting to sell off the country’s artistic heritage, even the “Mona Lisa,” shown here being put into place in the Salle de la Joconde in 2005. Photo: … Read More