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Original tape date: December 1, 2001.

Cahiers du Cinema

Spielberg and Lucas, Coppola and Scorsese. Who doesn't know the names of these directors? Who doubts that they are artists? The situation was much different for filmmakers fifty years ago. And one magazine in the world above all others made the director an auteur, the author of the work. That magazine is Cahiers du Cinema, now celebrating half a century of publication and global influence. Editor XXXX talks to CANAPE about how it all began with a passion for American movies.

Michele Rakotoson

The global reach of literature written in French is well illustrated by the island of Madagascar, a former colony of France nestled in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa. Accomplished journalist, novelist, dramatist, and poet Michele Rakotoson joins CANAPE to talk about the literary traditions of her country and its ties to Francophonie. As director of the literature department of Radio France International in Paris, she brings a cosmopolitan perspective to the issues.

Painting American

How have France and the United States exchanged ideas and values about what makes great painting and painters? That question shapes the new book Painting American by celebrated French cultural historian Annie Cohen Solal. Tracing the transatlantic patterns of influence for over one hundred years, the history is told, in the words of one critic, like “a page turning detective novel.” Madame Cohen Solal leads CANAPE on a guided tour of her work.
Brotherhood of the Wolf

“Imagine Dangerous Liasons crossbred with The Matrix in the middle of Sleepy Hollow.” That's how an English critic recently described Brotherhood of the Wolf when it opened in London. The plot is familiar. A mysterious beast is killing people and must be found. But the treatment is breathtakingly new. Director XXXXXX and actors XXXXXX tell CANAPE how it came to be.

Alberto Giacometti

He was one the 20th century artists who caught a global audience with his mature style, elongated human forms. The work of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit shows the breadth of his accomplishment, both affirming the significance of his well known later style and placing it within the lifelong ambition of what he called “rendering my vision.” Curator Anne Umland tells CANAPE about his work, life, and love of his adopted home, Paris.

Guest List

Monica Bellucci Actress

Vincent Cassel Actor/Film Director

Annie Cohen-Solal Art Historian

Mark Dacascos Actor

Christopher Gans Film Director

Michele Rakotoson Author

Charles Tesson Editor, Les Cahiers du Cinema

Anne Umland Curator, Museum of Modern Art

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