Thursday, August 21, 2014

Renoir's Cafe'


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Virtue is efficient. In his autobiography, film maker Jean Renoir, son of the painter, remembers Parisian sidewalk cafes before and after the First World War. Before the war, a waiter would bring a bottle directly to a table. Drinks were counted on the honor system. When the war broke out, foreign troops tore the fabric of trust. Waiters had to dole out and account for drinks one at a time.

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