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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Les Deux Magots is a famous café in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, France. It was once famed for, and prided itself in, its reputation as the rendezvous of the literary and intellectual elite of the city. This derives from the patronage of Surrealist artists, intellectuals such as Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, and young writers, such as Ernest Hemingway. Other stellar patrons included Albert Camus and Pablo Picasso. Today, however, the "élite" have found less renowned watering-holes, the prices have risen beyond the reach of all but the richest Parisians.

The Deux Magots literary prize has been awarded to a French novel every year since 1933.

References in literature and popular culture

1) The café is featured in the 1973 film The Mother and the Whore directed by Jean Eustache.

2) The café features in the 1959 film The Sign of Leo by Eric Rohmer.

3) 1967 figurative painting by Jean-François Debord

4) Les Deux Magots appears in The Chariot Makers (by Steve Matchett), in which the author describes Les Deux Magots as: "the first café in the quarter to be blessed by the morning sun. Its clientele pay a healthy premium for drinking there, it’s only fitting they should be the first to catch the warmth of the new day."

5) The café figures prominently in Abha Dawesar's novel That Summer in Paris (2006).

6) In 1972 Carlos the Jackal carried out a trademark grenade attack on the Deux Magots killing 2 and injuring 34.

7) The café is referenced in the 1955 novel, Lolita. The narrator claims,"I sat with uranists in the Deux Magots."

8) Mentioned in the 2011 novel, Tabloid City, by the author Pete Hamill.

9) Mentioned in the 2006 novel, Between the Bridge and the River, by the author Craig Ferguson.

10) Several scenes in the 1949 movie, "The Man on the Eiffel Tower" take place here.

See also

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