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café society

A phrase used to describe the rich and famous subset of society of who spend much of their time going to trendy places, especially in the early 20th century. My grandmother always says that my favorite Hollywood gossip magazines talk about "café society," whatever that is.
See also: society

café society

The collective term for socialites and movie celebrities who frequented fashionable restaurants and nightclubs. From the end of World War I through the 1960s, the media covered the comings and goings of members of Society (with a capital S, the word referred to people of “good family,” which in turn meant old money), and glamorous movie stars much as celebrity-chroniclers now report on Paris Hilton, Brad/Angelina, TV reality show personalities, and other boldface celebrities. Among the more popular haunts were Manhattan's Stork Club and El Morocco nightclubs. Then as now, a substantial portion of the population was interested in the lives of their social betters, and newspaper gossip columnists reported on party- and club-goers in the next day's editions. It was one such scribe, Maury Paul (pen-name: Cholly Knickerbocker) who coined the phrase “café society.”
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Cafe Society revolves around the glamorous movers and shakers who'd congregate in fashionable cafes, which became particularly popular in New York during the Thirties, the period in which the movie's set.
With Allen's wistful narration and the whole thing shot by the legendary Vittorio Storaro (The Last Emperor, Apocalypse Now), Cafe Society conjures up a magical mood of old-school Tinseltown glamour replete with clinking cocktail glasses and pleated suits, wreathed in curls of cigarette smoke.
Cafe Society asks a lot of its actors, especially in the ending which is all about silence and presence; Eisenberg and Stewart deliver.
Set in the 1930s, the new Woody Allen film Cafe Society, out in wide release this week, follows young Bronx native Bobby Dorfman (Jesse Eisenberg) to Hollywood, where he falls in love with the secretary of his powerful uncle, an agent to the stars.
The Gossip Girl star, who recently announced she is expecting her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds, has been in Cannes for new Woody Allen movie Cafe Society and whether sleek and sexy in blue Atelier Versace, left, at her princess best in voluminous Vivienne Westwood Couture, middle, or playing it girly in Giambatista Valli, far left, the statuesque blonde has nailed every look.
Woody Allen's Cafe Society is a sweet, sad, insubstantial jeu d'esprit, watchable, charming and beautifully shot," wrote Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, praising Stewart and Eisenberg for "charming and intelligent" performances.
With Mickael Barzalona in the saddle, the Street Cry colt asserted himself in the final stages of the 2,400m Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre Handicap to record a two-and-a-quarter-length win over the favourite Cafe Society, the mount of Jamie Spencer.
Both Cafe Society and Special Meaning have favourable low draws and have left the distinct impression in recent races they remain a step ahead of the assessor.
The Cafe Society, a group that aims to promote cafe culture, believes it shows young adults prefer to socialise there instead of at boozers.
Imagine our surprise, then, when we discovered Roman Vishniac's portraits of renowned blues singer and guitarist Josh White, and other legendary entertainers, performing at Cafe Society, New York's first integrated nightclub, in Greenwich Village, in 1944.
But most important of all, Cafe Society and Cafe Society (Uptown) were especially significant as Manhattan's first major nightclubs to break the color barrier and operate under a strict policy of complete racial integration.
Surplus crop this year is being handed to the Cafe Society project in Stockbridge Village.
In using the vehicle of cafe society, he brings Socratic discourse to ordinary people and places so they can start to think anew about their lives.