Grandes Horizontales

Grandes Horizontales

Grandes Horizontales is a documentary about the lives, loves and enduring influence in art, literature and fashion of the Grandes Horizontales – the A-list of courtesans, the pop stars of their day. They were a part of the demi-monde. The term literally means, half world, or shadow world, and refers to those living on the fringe. They existed in a sort of parallel universe alongside polite society. There and yet not there. They were women who lived off their charm, wit, and beauty. As someone said “what is the point of being beauty if you can’t benefit from it.” And boy did they!The GH were at the upper echelon of their profession. A GH was marked by an extravagant lifestyle, often ruinous to their patron or patrons as it took a handful of lovers to pay their expenses. Their food and wine was the best, they were dressed by courtier’s such as Charles Worth. They owned stables, mansions and chateaus. They draped themselves in head to toe jewels. It was said “their ability to wind men around their fingers while picking up a chateau or two on the side was legendary.”

Directed by Leslie Zemeckis (USA)

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