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This edition: January 2003 edition

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Original tape date: January 24, 2003.

The Pianist
Filmed in Poland and acted in English, The Pianist directed by Roman Polanski still carries a French passport. Winner of the Golden Palm Award at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, the movie is based upon the memoirs of Wladyslaw Szpilman, a well known young pianist from an assimilated Polish Jewish family who survived the Holocaust by wit and luck. Longtime Paris resident Polanski was himself a Jewish child in Poland when the Germans arrived in September 1939. He talks to CANAPE about the responsibilities of recreating history. Actors Adrien Brody and Thomas Kretschmann share their views about working with the master director.

Seven Ages of Paris
He spent his childhood in New York and he lives in London, but his true passion, his lifelong affair is with Paris. Historian Alistair Horne shares his obsession with readers in his new book The Seven Ages of Paris. His thesis is simple. It's always been a great and interesting place. To prove his point,he takes seven periods and investigates what makes them distinctive, periods from the 12th century until the death of Charles De Gaulle in 1969. For Horne, Paris is “fundamentally a woman.” He tells CANAPE why.

Just as New York is a Caribbean city outside of the Caribbean, so Paris is an African metropolis outside of Africa, the center of the continent's music and recording industry. The musical superstar Bonga Kwenda first arrived in Paris in 1972 as a political exile from the Angolan war of independence. He recorded his first album that year and has released 16 more in the last 30 years. He is a household name on several continents, but not in the USA. Americans don't know what they've been missing from one of the kings of African rhythms. CANAPE talked with him before a recent concert in New York.

To talk about films of political conscience means to talk about one director above all others: Constantin Costa-Gavras. Z, The Confession, Missing, these films and others define what it means to tell stories that thrill with suspense while they burrow into knotty ethical and political issues. The compassionate French filmmaker is back in top form with Amen, a look at how knowledge of the Holocaust was neglectd by the Roman Catholic church and others. Costa Gavras tells CANAPE about a world that remained complacent. As always for him, knowing the past is the only map to the future.

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