France: Philippe Starck helps celebrate Télérama’s 60th anniversary in style!

The French cultural weekly Télérama just turned 60! To celebrate its anniversary in style, the publication asked design star and visionnaire Philippe Starck to share his vision of the world in 60, 600 and 6000 years!

On this occasion will exceptionnally boast 230 pages and will be perfect-bound instead of saddle-stitched.  The Télérama editors will offer their take on the major events of the past 60 years that changed the music business, TV, theater, cinema, radio and litterature of course!

Launched in 1950 as Radio-Loisirs, a supplement to catholic paper La Vie catholique illustrée, it becomes known as Télérama, which is the French acronym for Télé (TV), Radio and Cinéma, in the 70’s while simultaneously leaving all religious ties behind.  Télérama is some ways comparable to The New Yorker magazine.  While definitely a left-wing bastion amongst French publications, it is nevertheless always bi-partisan in its approach movie reviews or book critiques alike.  The magazine is known to take strong positions on pop culture, whether it is indifference to the sulfurous Brigitte Bardot in the 60’s or going head to head with Rambo’s biased, racist views. And it still frequently calls out low-quality American summer blockbuster movies for what they are: commercial garbage.  Since the 90’s the magazine has started to cover hard news as well using frequent reports on the Irak wars as a point of reflect on the evolving media landscape for instance.

Instead of a star-rating system, Télérama created the character Ulysse, whose face changes depending on whether he likes or dislikes a film, CD, theater piece, etc.

Owned by Le Monde Groupe, Télérama currently circulates 630 000 copies a week, of which 530 000 directly to its loyal subscribers.  Click to read, watch and listen to a selection of the best Télérama archives of the past 60 years.

Also, to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the magazine, the Editions Les Arènes are publishing two coffee table books compiling the best articles and features published in Télérama over the past 60 years. Written by Nicolas Delesalle, each tome (280 pages each) goes on sale for €34,50 this week.

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