“Paris is a party,” as everyone knows, thanks to Ernest Hemingway. And in the 1920s, one big head-spinning party was whirling through the capital.
World War I had just swept through the old world. The frenzy of life, liberty, and creation took hold of Paris, making it the intellectual and artistic capital of the West. Avant-garde was pushing the boundaries of painting, literature, cinema, and music. Jazz and dance were being discovered at Josephine Baker’s ‘Bal Nègre’. Women were letting loose and coveting Coco Chanel’s first creations. And foreigners flocked here.
Among them were Americans like Ernest Hemingway and the Fitzgeralds, who came in search of a bohemian lifestyle after those who came before them: James Joyce, Gertrude Stein… These youths were nicknamed the ‘lost generation’. Their endless parties also had a dark side in the form of alcohol, drugs, and depression. Extravagances that kept a close watch over the Roaring Twenties.
Follow the young Hemingway on his Parisian pilgrimage, between the Latin Quarter and Montparnasse, and discover his friends, his loves, his café, his restaurant, his book shop, his regular ways. His Parisian party and small pleasures, great passions and bitter disappointments, always perfectly lively and preserved by nostalgia.