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This edition: September 2000 edition

Episode Details

Original tape date: September 1, 2000.


Rai is the rage. Popular throughout France and Western Europe, rai is an infectious popular music that makes bodies move wherever it is played. On a recent tour of the United States Faudel, know as “the little prince of rai,” spoke to CANAPE about the global power of a music born in Algeria and raised in France.

Pola X

What do Catherine Deneueve, Guillaume Depardieu, and Herman Melville have in common? The answer is Pola X, the new film by the young but already legendary filmmaker Leos Carax. Inspired by the novel Pierre, or the Ambiguities, the movie charts a young writer's romantic quest for truth itself. Lead actor Guillaume Depardieu and director Leos Carax talk to CANAPE about their contemporary version of Melville.

Maryse Conde

The Caribbean may offer visions of tropical leisure, but is also inspires great writing in French and other languages. In June 2000 the distinguished novelist and critic Maryse Conde convened a literary conference on her native island of Guadeloupe to award the first “Prix des Ameriques Insulaires et de la Guyane.” CANAPE was on the scene for the celebration of Caribbean writing.

Painters in Paris: 1895- 1950

Painting and Paris were nearly synonymous in the first half of the 20th century. French and foreign artists lived, collaborated, fought, and - above all - painted in a vortex of artistic imagination seldom equaled in the history of art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York celebrates that epoch with an exhibit of more than 100 prime works by the masters of the School of Paris. Veteran curator William S. Lieberman talks to CANAPE about why so many artists found inspiration in Paris.

Human Resources

The death of realism has been vastly exaggerated. Case in point: Laurent Cantet's first feature film Human Resources, winner of prizes in Europe and at the Sundance Film Festival. Armed with a recent business degree, a young man takes a job in the Human Resources Department of a company where his father has been a worker for 30 years. Director Cantet chats with CANAPE about the art of capturing moral crises and class struggle in the lens of daily life.

Guest List

Laurent Cantet Film Director

Leos Carax Film Director

Maryse Condé Writer

Guillaume Depardieu Actor

Bellula Faudel Singer

William S. Lieberman Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art