0101007: Clive Owen at Longchamp in Paris

In the 1870’s, French Impressionist Edgar Degas sat in the stands at Longchamp, drawing inspiration from the thundering hooves of thoroughbreds to produce one of his early works, “Race Horses at Longchamp.” On October 7, 2007, an artist of the silver screen was spotted in the race track stadium in Bois de Boulogne, on the outskirts of Paris, France. Actor Clive Owen, who paints a cinematic portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh in the upcoming epic “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” flipped through racing forms before watching Dylan Thomas gallop to victory in the 86th Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe race.

Accustomed to royalty and Hollywood luminaries, Longchamp race track is a star in its own right, the beauty of its 57 hectares not only captured over the years in masterpieces by Edouard Manet and Toulouse Lautrec, but also showcased on celluloid in the 1979 movie “A Little Romance,” which featured Diane Lane in her first onscreen appearance.

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