Thursday, July 30, 2009

Tarzan exhibit at the Musee du quai Branly in Paris


... and I was there, 28 July 2009!

More info here.

There was no flash photography allowed, so my many pics did not turn out great, but the exhibit included many Tarzan books in French, tons of comics (in English and French) and original comic strip and comic book art, lots of monitors running movie clips (including a censored scene from 1934's Tarzan and His Mate -- extended scene with Tarzan and Jane swimming... Jane nude), move posters and stills, historical antecedents (with an emphasis on French influences, naturally: Benoit, Saturnin Farandoul, etc.

I picked up a coffee table book (image similar to the museum poster), a large softcover book, and a small softcover book. The latter two have pages mentioning Philip Jose Farmer's contributions to the Tarzan mythos. The hardcover coffee table book might as well, but the copy I bought is shrinkwrapped and I won't open it until I arrive home (and I didn't have time to check it for Farmer references in the Museum gift shop).

The museum gift shop also had copies of Farmer's A Feast Unknown in French (featuring the Tarzan analogue Lord Grandrith) and I snapped up a copy, as well as a few postcards, bookmarks, and magnets. Such a tourist I am.

The exhibit runs through 27 September, and so if you find yourself in Paris between now and then (!), it's well worth a look. The Musee du quai Branly is a 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower.
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