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Big drips on Valentine's day

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What is it with architects, Valentine's day and water?

The Architects' Journal is running a conference on Designing for Floodplains, an important but scarcely romantic issue. And now we learn from the Pavillon de l'Arsenal in Paris, the city of romance, that it is holding an event called 'Paris under Water' that includes a short film by French New Wave film-makers Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut called Une Histoire d'Eau.

The organisers quote the following narrative for the 12-minute work, made in 1958: 'The floods blocked the roads in Paris and the surrounding area. A young student tries to make her way to the Sorbonne by hitchhiking and is picked up by a seductive smooth-talking young man. Using images filmed by François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard created a visual and acoustic display which captures both his own style and the spirit of the French “Nouvelle Vague”.' Not really a date movie then.

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