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‘This little light of mine’ performed by Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 1960

In this clip from 1960, Sister Rosetta Tharpe performs 'This Little Light of Mine' live on stage at the first Festival de Jazz d'Antibes Juan-les-Pins in France. According to the video notes, she's accompanied by clar...

Château de Versailles, before and after the Revolution

What did Versailles look like before Louis XIV? How did the small hunting lodge of Louis XIII become the largest Palace in Europe? What embellishments did the young Sun King want in his Palace of festivities and amuse...

The Dog Who Was A Cat Inside

A dog and a cat share the same body. Both are eager to make friends as they explore the city. Both get frustrated and confused as they struggle for control of their day. Each wants to go their own way, causing them to...

Bicycle Models from 1818 to the 1890s

Take a gander at the designs of these Victorian velocipedes, early styles of bicycles and other pedal-powered vehicles, over the course of around 70 years. This 1915 film from France, with explainer cards in Dutch, sh...

Back to the Moon, a 360° Google Doodle celebrating film director Georges Méliès

In the animation Back to the Moon, the first virtual reality/360° interactive Doodle, Google celebrates French film director and illusionist Georges Méliès. The piece is a collaboration with Google Spotlight Stories, ...

Christian Moullec flies his microlight with the birds

French bird enthusiast and microlight pilot Christian Moullec has been flying with birds for years, first as a guide for migrating lesser white-fronted geese in their journey from Germany to Sweden, and now also as a ...

Moonline: Speed Riding at night over Bossons Glacier

With his wing lit by 20 meters of LED lights, French speed rider Valentin Delluc mixes freeskiing and paragliding over Bossons glacier near Chamonix, France. Flying with LEDs required seven months of training and test...

Henry Fox Talbot, the First Photographs, and the Pioneers of Photography

The invention of the photograph, in 1839, would forever change the way people looked at the world. But this extraordinary breakthrough cannot be credited to a single individual—while William Henry Fox Talbot labored q...

The Genius of Marie Curie

Dr. Marie Curie transformed science and society with her discoveries. Her scientific partnership with Pierre Curie and the story of their heroic efforts that led to the discovery of polonium and radium are legendary.....

Can this super long logging truck turn and cross this tiny bridge?

How can a really long truck carrying more than two dozen really long logs turn right from a small road to cross a really tiny bridge in the mountains of France? Watch as this truck driver demonstrates how it's done.

La mécanique de l’Histoire, an acrobatic performance by Yoann Bourgeois

A trampoline sits at the center of a turning wooden staircase. Four figures climb, fall, and somehow float back into their places on the stairs as if in slow motion. They climb again until only one figure is left to d...

Détour, an iPhone film by Michel Gondry

A family goes on a summer road trip through France with their bicycles in tow, until one beloved tricycle falls off the car and finds itself on a new adventure: searching for its owner. Détour was filmed on an iPhone ...

Greetings Around the World

When you see friends or acquaintances, do you hug or kiss on the cheek? Do you shake hands or say 'hey' and wave hello before starting a conversation? What greetings are most common where you live? The Cut travels...

Symbiose, a stop motion animation by Rosalie Benevello

Two people explore the outdoors on a nature walk when it begins to rain. In their race to stay dry, they discover that they have a lot in common with the forest creatures around them... and they get a bit of help from...

Building a traditional Basque style bird house – La Fabrique DIY

Shrinking this home in southwestern France is for the birds: From cutting the wood pieces, to constructing and painting it, a traditional Baserri style house in the Basque region of France is recreated from scratch as...

Relighting “Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque)” by Georges Seurat

French post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat is well-known for his pointillism technique and for his depictions of life in the late 1800s. In observing his painting Circus Sideshow (Parade de cirque), we see these...

Chef Ludo Lefebvre visits the Bordier Butter Factory

Butter blocks, butter blobs, butter rolls, butter balls, butter cones, butter wheels! Go behind the scenes of a French butter factory with chef Ludo Lefebvre in this subtitled bonus scene from the Anthony Bourdain-pro...

Bessie Coleman, The First Female African American Pilot

Born on January 26, 1892, American aviator Bessie Coleman was the first African-American woman to hold a pilot license and the first American woman to hold an international pilot license. Her daredevil figure eights, ...

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