'The most famous woman in Europe' 200 years ago
She died on 14 July 1817 as "arguably the most famous woman in Europe". In the English-speaking world, her works may be largely forgotten. She is remembered most fondly in a village near Geneva, and if you forgot the anniversary on 14 July weekend, you missed a big bash with a train, music and lightshows to mark the 200th anniversary of the death at 51 of Germaine Necker, known to history as Madame de Staël.
Living the cliché: reel Switzerland
Switzerland, as the Swiss themselves know, is a cliché of mountains, snow, yodelling, banking, 500 years of peace, and cuckoo clocks. Now, a one-time location scout for television chain Home Box Office in Los Angeles, Cornelius Schregle, has put together a 400-page picture book of foreigners' clichés of Switzerland in films.
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