is a short film
written and directed by Wes Anderson
and released in 2007. Starring Jason Schwartzman
and Natalie Portman
as former lovers who reunite in a Paris hotel room, the 13-minute film acts as a prologue
to Anderson's 2007 feature The Darjeeling Limited
. It was shot on location in a Parisian hotel by a small crew and self-financed by Anderson, who initially intended it to be a stand-alone work. Its first showing was at the Venice Film Festival
première of the feature film on September 2, 2007, and it made its own debut later that month at Apple Stores
in four American cities. The day after its première, it was made available for free from the iTunes Store
for one month, during which it was downloaded more than 500,000 times. Hotel Chevalier
became one of the most-discussed short films of the year, with much popular attention drawn in particular by Portman's extended nude scene
. The film garnered near-universal critical acclaim from reviewers who compared it favorably with The Darjeeling Limited
and praised its richness, poignancy, and careful construction.
Émile Michel Hyacinthe Lemoine
(1840–1912) was a French civil engineer
and a mathematician
, a geometer
in particular. He was educated at a variety of institutions, including the Prytanée National Militaire
and, most notably, the École Polytechnique
. Lemoine taught as a private tutor for a short period after his graduation from the latter school.
Lemoine is best known for his proof of the existence of the Lemoine point (or the symmedian point) of a triangle. Other mathematical work includes a system he called Géométrographie and a method which related algebraic expressions to geometric objects. He has been called a co-founder of modern triangle geometry, as many of its characteristics are present in his work.
For most of his life, Lemoine was a professor of mathematics at the École Polytechnique. In later years, he worked as a civil engineer in Paris, and he also took an amateur's interest in music. During his tenure at the École Polytechnique and as a civil engineer, Lemoine published several papers on mathematics, most of which are included in a fourteen-page section in Nathan Altshiller Court's College Geometry. Additionally, he founded a mathematical journal titled, L'intermédiaire des mathématiciens.