10 thoughts on “Mystère à la Tour Eiffel Is Worth the Trouble!

  1. Fun fact: That sketch Henriette is holding is a study of Corbet’s L’Origine du Monde. Doubtful that Louise ever would have had access to it, seeing as how it was basically kept under wraps from almost Day One. It’s first public viewing was in 1988, and then the next one wasn’t until 20 years later in 2008.

    /end art historian nerding

    1. It’s in with a bunch of female nude sketches (completed & half-finished), so it’s prob. more of a reference than trying to say Louise owned that work. Louise is an artist herself & her drawings are part of the plot (not the nude ones specifically).

      1. My point isn’t that she owned the work, just that if it’s meant to be a study of the painting, she’s unlikely to have ever seen it as it wasn’t publicly revealed until the late-20th century.


        1. It could be a study of a chick she knew (since she’s obviously into girls) or her own body (since she’s not the shy type). I’m not saying the producers aren’t referencing that art, but the character can have her own agency too.

  2. Wasn’t the Paris Exposition in the 1890s? I remember reading that L C Tiffany exhibited his Favrile glass at the Exposition and it was the favourable reaction from the committee that led him to branch out with larger pieces in Chicago??
    So shouldn’t the women be in the style of the 1890s not 1880s?
    A quibble, but you beat me to the art history one.

    1. Hi! The exhibition lasted all summer in 1889. Bustles were still worn, but the simple skirts started to appear too. The elegant visitors and Parisians would wear the latest fashion, but Henriette and Louis aren’t part of the beau monde. I find it nice, that they still wear narrow bustle skirts, also the moderate sized gigot sleeves, like all common women would do: keep the old while it’s usable, then alter it to the new styles.

  3. I managed to buy a copy from amazon.fr (Amazon France) and was delighted — but alas, the subtitles are in Dutch. Still, one can watch it for the pretty.

    1. Did the dvd come in a 2 cd set ? was it the actual movie with the same plot. I just purchased it out of desperation and I am hoping I did not waste my money.

  4. Hi! First of all please excuse my english, I’m french. I don’t know if you heard about it but Mystère à la Tour Eiffel is part of a TV series called Mystère à Paris. So it means there are other episodes (Mystère au Moulin-Rouge, Mystère à la Tour Eiffel, Mystère à l’Opéra, Mystère au Louvre, Mystère place Vendôme). I think you may like them. They all take place in Paris during the late 19th century, but the characters and the plots are not the same at all.
    Oh and by the way I do love your reviews and all your articles

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