This edition: September 2002 edition
Original tape date: September 20, 2002.
Television made the tragedy of 9/11 a simultaneous global event. The French artist Bragelonne, like millions around the world, experienced the horror, the confusion and the bravery on the small screen. For the Paris based artist the visions were made even more intense by her memories of many years living in New York. Her response is eighteen paintings created in the following nine months. Madame Bragelonne talks to CANAPE about her work on display at the French Institute-Alliance Francaise
In Praise of Love
Jean Luc Godard's breakthrough film of 1959 Breathless, then a foundational work of the French New Wave and now of world film history, combined thoughts about love and politics with a healthy dose of beautiful stylistics and ideas about American cinema. It was awe inspiring then. His new film In Praise of Love, shot in luminous black and white and boldly colorful digital video, returns to the same obsessions. It is awe inspiring now.
Children of the Century
Female 19th century French novelist George Sand, who liked to dress as a man, wrote fictions filled with romantic events. But they were no match for her own life, which included affairs with poet Alfred de Musset and composer Frederic Chopin. The latest take on her life is based upon the memoirs of poet Musset. Addicts of costume dramas with major stars will not be disappointed. Veteran director Diane Kurys, costuming wizard Christian LaCroix, and stars Juliette Binoche and Benoit Magimel offer their insights to CANAPE.
As a subject, the kidnapping of a child has been so sensationalized by the American media that it's difficult to imagine a movie that could treat the events in a meaningful way. Such a film is Claude Miller's rich, suspenseful Alias Betty, which recounts a fateful encounter between households of very different classes. Claude Miller, a master at directing a wide ensemble of characters, tells CANAPE about the issues of making a film about a delicate theme.
I'm Going Home
At 93 years of age Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira is the oldest active world class filmmaker. Perhaps not surprisingly, the story of his new film I'm Going Home, which takes place in today's Paris, centers on questions of aging. French actor Michel Piccoli, a mere 76 years old, turns in a highly nuanced performance as an actor learning new limits in his life and profession. Among other things, he must find new ways to relate to his 12 year old grandson and to his pushy agent who wants to place him in as many roles as possible. The legendary Portuguese director shares his thoughts with CANAPE.
Juliette Binoche Actress
Manoel de Oliveira Film Director
Diane Kurys Film director
Christian Lacroix Costume Designer
Benoît Magimel Actor
Claude Miller Film Director