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Original tape date: April 1, 2001.
“This is the best Hitchcock film made since Hitchcock went to the family plot.” That's what one British critic said when the French thriller WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY opened in London. Winner of four Cesar Awards in France, including best actor and best director, the film is ready to start scaring Americans with its dark humor and macabre wit. Director Dominik Moll talks with CANAPE about finding danger in the places least expected.
If your image of French dance is still shaped by Degas' lovely portraits, think again. In late April and early May New York is the scene of the largest gathering of French dancers and dance troops ever assembled on this side of the pond. Uptown, downtown, and all around, the Big Apple will move to the rhythms of French dancers. Even more, symposia, exhibits, and workshops will illuminate the state of dance in France. CANAPE takes a peak at what will be.
Heart of Glass
In a world of plastic, glass may be the artist's best friend. Curator Valerie Smith talks to CANAPE about Heart of Glass, an exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art of eight international artists who take conceptual and poetic approaches to glass as art. The works form a kaleidescope of shape, texture, color, and size. Among the works, A Grand Necklace by French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel displays jewel-like features suggesting a great totem to vanity.
You won't find his works at a dot - com bookstore, but that shouldn't diminish his appeal. An illuminator of handmade books, painter, draftsman, and designer of festivals, Jean Poyet worked for the courts of three successive kings of Renaissance France. Curator Roger Wieck guides CANAPE into the beautiful world created by a master artist famous in his own time, forgotten for centuries, and now resurrected by a magnificent exhibit at the Morgan Library.
Every century has its pivotal years. 1492 was certainly one, and 1968 is a strong candidate from the 20th century. The Zanzibar Films, a series of films from France now being screened in the USA, lend evidence to how strange and influential that moment was. Film scholar Sally Shafto explains to CANAPE how the films came to be made and why they offer an Xray of a time when revolution seemed inevitable.
Dominik Moll Film Director
Sally Shafto Research Associate , Princeton University
Valerie Smith Director of Exhibitions, Queens Museum of Art
Roger Wieck Curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, The Morgan Library