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    The Parisian tradition of giving refuge to struggling artists and intellectuals has survived into the 1970's, But these days, when a cup of coffee costs as much as a meal did in the twenties, how do the latter-day "Bohemians" manage to stay alive?

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    The Parisian tradition of giving refuge to struggling artists and intellectuals has survived into the 1970's, But these days, when a cup of coffee costs as much as a meal did in the twenties, how do the latter-day "Bohemians" manage to stay alive?
    For some it is simple. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday they show up at "Pour que l'Esprit Vive" (So That the Spirit May Live) on the Rue Valois, where they are served four-course meals by members of some of the most illustrious families in France. The price? Just 20 centimes (2 1/2 p. sterling).

    Hundreds of artists, musicians and writers from more than 25 countries have found their way to this 'restaurant', where France's cultural philanthropists take care of them. "Pour que l'Esprit Vive" was founded in 1932, originally as a soup kitchen for tramps.

    But artists came to eat there too, so the founder, a French count, set up a separate organisation, dedicated to keeping their "spirit" alive.

    The venture is financed by an annual jumble sale. Rich Parisians donate their unwanted bric-a-brac and old clothes, the artists do the selling and the money raised feeds them for the rest of the year.

    More important than the food, however, is the sense of refuge provided by "Pour que l'Esprit Vive".

    "In the old day sit was easy to be a Bohemian" says one French painter who is a regular customer, "the other artists would take care of you. But today it is every man for himself....except here."

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    Film ID:
    VLVACFF0SW9CH5NSEPFH1WW5RW6A5
    Media URN:
    VLVACFF0SW9CH5NSEPFH1WW5RW6A5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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