Café de Paris in De-Lovely
Date posted: 01.11.2004
De-Lovely is an original musical portrait of American composer Cole Porter. Written by Jay Cocks and directed by Irwin Winkler (Producer of classics such as Raging Bull and Goodfellas), it stars Kevin Kline in the lead role.
The film tells Porter's story as a man who became inspired by the woman he married, Linda Lee Porter (played by Ashley Judd). Cole Porter's career took off soon after the two married, and it ended shortly after she died. Although they had a deeply complicated relationship, his love for her and their marriage inspired some of his most memorable songs.
The Café De Paris in London's Piccadilly is one of the most famous venues in the world. Its rich colours and glittering history (spanning nine decades) was perfectly suited as a backdrop for the era in which Porter lived (1891-1964).
The Café has consistently played host to a wide variety of powerful and absorbing performers and guests. Film premiere parties that have been hosted here include such diverse titles as The Fifth Element and Casablanca.Opening its doors in 1924 under the control of London impresario Harry Foster, the Café De Paris quickly established itself as one of Europe's premier nightspots. The main aim of the Café De Paris was to see and be seen—a trait that continues even now.