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This edition: June 2001 edition

Episode Details

Original tape date: June 1, 2001.

Brigitte Aubert

Femaledetective.com says she's “one of France's top thriller writers.” This year American readers have a chance to judge Brigitte Aubert for themselves. Winner of the 1997 French Grand Prize for Crime Fiction, her novel with a quadriplegic detective Death from the Woods and its sequel Death from the Snows are now available in English. On a recent visit to the USA Ms. Aubert chatted with CANAPE about the universe of her crime stories.

Francis Veber

Tall Blonde Man with One Black Shoe, La Cage aux Folles, Les Comperes, these are only a few of the highlights of the remarkable career of Francis Veber, writer, director, and reigning king of French film farce. His latest piece of divine silliness is The Closet starring Gerard Depardieu and Daniel Auteuil. The setup is simple: a boring clerk pretends to be gay to keep his job. Needless to say, complications follow. Francis Veber talks to CANAPE about his new film and comic world.

Tran Anh Hung

Tran Ahn Hung's The Scent of Green Papaya enchanted worldwide audiences with its intimate portrait of a Vietnamese household in the 1950s and 1960s. His next film Cyclo reprised The Bicycle Thief in gang ridden contemporary Saigon. Now his new film The Vertical Ray of the Sun follows the lives of three sisters in today's Hanoi. Tran Ahn Hung tells CANAPE how his sensuous, exquisite films are like musical compositions.

Lumumba

A key figure in contemporary African history, the slain Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba is little more than a footnote in the imagination of most Westerners. The new feature film Lumumba directed by Raoul Peck takes the footnote and makes it a compelling chapter of our recent global history. Director Peck talks to CANAPE about the importance of recovering a key figure of African political life, about how film can expand our vision of history, and about how France supports cinematic diversity.

Edmund White

Edmund White is perhaps best known for his novels A Boy's Own Story and The Married Man, contemporary classics of American gay literature. But the author spent sixteen years in Paris and is a passionate Francophile. His new book The Flaneur: the Writer and the City is a delicious confection of history, tour guide, and anecdote delivered with characteristic elegance and wit. Back in the USA, Edmund White talks to CANAPE about the Parisian pleasure of being a flaneur.

Guest List

Brigette Aubert Author

Tran Anh Hung Director

Francis Veber FIlmmaker/Writer/Director

Edmund White Author

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