Monsieur Chariot

Monsieur Chariot
That Dazzling and Luminous California Metropolis known as The City Of The Angels, USA
June 08
Offering Discreet Tutelage in the Metropolitan Arts to Inquiring Gentlepersons of Variously Misguided Social Persuasions


Editor’s Pick
JUNE 17, 2011 1:12PM

Cherished Handwritten Notes

Gentlepersons of distinction refuse to let new-fangled technologies trample the time-worn! No more excuses! It is high time we reclaimed the Art of the Meticulously Handwritten Note!
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MARCH 31, 2011 9:00AM

Les Netfliques recherchés*

 * Required Netflix!


• The Finical Filmgoer •


Goodbye Again (1961)

Available via Netfliques instant streaming, Goodbye Again (1961) is directed by Anatole Litvak and a… Read full post »

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DECEMBER 20, 2010 7:11PM

Have Yourself a Merry Little Apocalypse


You'll excuse me for saying so, but it seems that these days, one can't turn on the television, read a newspaper or peruse a blog without encountering someone shrieking about The Looming End of All Things!

Why just yesterday on the television, some blatherskite insisted that the… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 29, 2010 8:53PM

Cinema for the Indisposed

  • The Finical Filmgoer •

Cloistral Apartments

Peering from behind eyelet curtains: the cloistral apartments of M. Chariot

Of late, M. Chariot seems entirely unable to capture the proper modus operandi which confers attention on Open Salon: namely an unhesitating ability to jump to immediate, inf… Read full post »

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AUGUST 3, 2010 1:53PM

Come to Jesus

· The Professional Gentleman ·
Jesus Vodka / Main Ad Concept. © Monsieur Chariot 2010
 Well, I must say! The Economic Kerfuffle we're enduring certainly places a limitor on one's ability to refuse work/…

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JULY 29, 2010 10:07AM

Salt in the Wound

· The Finical Filmgoer ·

On Tuesday evening M. Chariot attended a screening of Salt – the new, double-agent action thriller directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Mlle Angelina Jolie, M. Liev Schreiber and M. Chiwetel Ejiofor. I am here to confess I…

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MARCH 18, 2010 11:08AM

The Favorite Sin of the Middle-Aged

• Gentlemanly Musings • 
Wrath: Mid-life as one, long, dispiriting, apoplectic rant.
Fuck You and the Horse You Rode In On!
M. Chariot doesn't have particularly rigid religious views. But I do believe that there is a great deal to be… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 27, 2009 1:11PM

The Horror of Children

· The Finical Filmgoer ·


The Children (2008)

Nobody raises horrible children like the British. The child actors who starred in horror classics like Village of the Damned, The Innocents and The Omen set the standard for creepy children, in a mannerRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2009 10:09AM

Love, Destiny and Other Appointments

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The California dawn's first blush razored through heavy velvet draperies into the cloistral bedchamber. Surgical light glinted across Victorian soda lime glass vases and walnut appointments, pricking my slumber like a physician's cannula. Where was I? Ah yes: in that very bower of romantic d… Read full post »

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JULY 1, 2009 8:33AM

Cinema for the Lonely


· The Finical Filmgoer ·


If, like me, you are single - and a gentleperson of some refinement - you may frequently find yourself feeling a bit lonely. Not that I do, mind you - but you might.… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 12, 2009 4:56PM

Running Into Faye


M. Chariot ran into Mlle Faye Dunaway at the dry cleaner's recently. I was picking up one of my fancier waistcoats, which had incurred a stain resulting from an overenthusiasm for the veal — when I detected an angry, patrician voice coming from further down the counter. There stoodRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 25, 2009 12:42PM

Stalked by a Film Star


Gentle readers who do not live in the vicinity of Hollywood may be unaware of a perilous, millennial phenomenon which has come to plague the refined citizenry of our fair city: the shocking,… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 19, 2009 10:17PM

Be Gay! Extravagant! Outrageous!

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FEBRUARY 13, 2009 5:49PM

The (Adult) Language Of Flowers


In our modern era, where etiquette and propriety are of utmost importance, M. Chariot's (Adult) Language of Flowers is the perfect Floral Guidebook for the Romantic/… Read full post »

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FEBRUARY 10, 2009 12:37PM

10 Things A Gentleman Must Never Do

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Gentleman George Arliss, the first British actor to win an Academy Award.

As you may perhaps be only peripherally aware, M. Chariot is renowned as a gentleman of some savoir-faire in social settings where ladies are present. It has occurred to meRead full post »

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JANUARY 2, 2009 1:27PM

A Solstice Swoon


At 3am in the dark'ling gloom
I met the Messenger of Doom!
There in the shadows I could see
a spectre, devil, spook, banshee

Her eyes were cold as outer space
her cheeks bereft of all embrace
her mouth was formed into an "O"
which ululated songs of Woe!

All beauty faded/… Read full post »
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AUGUST 21, 2008 12:40AM

Bombarded by The Booty

TM_M.Chariot_teaset2.jpg Some of you may have heard of the notorious Starbuckle coffee parlour in the artist's district near the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Vermont Boulevard in Los Angeles. Recently, it was pointed out to M. Chariot that the Starbuckle Family own more than one shop, though I have no… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 1:16PM


· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.ChariotTolerance2.jpg On a recent evening my dear friend, the tenuous Mademoiselle Hysterique, appeared at mon petite domicile with a tiny pink box of assorted pastries and a tittery ecphonesis regarding a foreign film of recent discovery. Gathering her at the door, we settl… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 1:04PM

Pola X

· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.Chariot_pola.jpg I invited my dear neighbor, the penetrating Monsieur Objectif — composer, gentleman gardener and friend — to my bachelor pad for a light repast and a screening of the degenerate étude from Leos Carax, Pola X.

We dined on small bits… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:57PM

The Mysterious Antiques Dealer

TM_M.Chariot_antq.jpg There lives in my neighborhood a notoriously alluring woman who owns a tiny, moveable storefront antiques shop. I say moveable, because it has been moved several times in the years I've lived here. Suddenly it will be gone, and just as suddenly it will reappear… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:52PM

Le Divorce

Whereupon witnessing the solid, unreproachable, camera-ready marriages of the political candidates, the author ruminates on his own untidy connubial past.

TM_M.ChariotDog2.jpg As one thrice-divorced, M. Chariot knows something of the caprice of l'Amour, and hopes to spend not a little time blogiating on the subj… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:49PM

Rudeness On The Train

TM_M.Chariot_train.jpg If there is one thing Monsieur Chariot cannot abide, it is sloppy pronunciation. And thus I flew into a rage on the Metro today, when the conductor announced "Los Angeles Convention Center, next stop. Staples Center, next stop."

And yet he pronounced… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:46PM

The Pliant Sword

TM_M.Chariot_C3.jpg You're considered an intelligent person. Thoughtful. Well-spoken. Urbane. At social gatherings in your local Bohemia, when you speak, people appear to turn slightly, to put down their tea — to listen. At night in your little bed, in your heart, you wonder if perhaps you have something… Read full post »

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AUGUST 18, 2008 12:40PM

Sunday avec le Monsieur

TM_M.ChariotPalette.jpgOn Sunday morn during the reprieve from our cheerful labors here at Open Salon, M. Chariot packed his tiny wooden easel and a selection of aquarelles, and then Metro'd a la plage for a bit of plein air — a style of painting developed in France in/… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
AUGUST 18, 2008 12:38PM

The Innocents

· The Finical Filmgoer ·

TM_M.Chariot_Innocents.jpg Monsieur Chariot recently rented The Innocents, a favorite from 1961. If you love atmospheric, psychological horror and you haven't seen this classic, it is time to update the Netflix queue. The Innocents is based on Henry James' novella Turn Of TheRead full post »