This edition: May 2003 edition
Original tape date: May 1, 2003.
They call him Mr. Neveux. But if you're looking for a French cop show, you're in the wrong place. Mr. Neveux is actually Eric Neveux, an electronic musician who has made a mark as a film composer and a producer for other young, innovative musicians. On a recent trip to the United States, the multilingual music maven talked with CANAPE about himself, his music, and his fellow musical adventurers.
Americans are only now beginning to catch up with the European taste for comic books created for adult audiences. Persepolis, written and illustrated by Paris-based Iranian artist Marjane Satrapi, may help us appreciate what these graphic novels can be as art and testimony. Told with verbal and visual wit, the book's story follows a young girl as she experiences the many contradictions of growing up in Iran during its revolutionary period. The little girl now grown up tells CANAPE why she tells her tale in her own way.
The Gipsy Kings
By definition, world music comes from all over the world. But some things aren't from where they seem. Case in point: The Gipsy Kings. Spaniards, right? Wrong. Try Frenchmen. In fact, Bamboleo, their signature tune from 1987, first climbed the charts in France. Over 15 years later, people around the world continue to pack concert halls and dance clubs to hear their French brand of flamenco rumba. Touring the USA, two of the Gipsy Kings took a few moments to chat with CANAPE.
Waiting for Happiness
While car chases may be the stuff of movies, waiting is all too frequently the stuff of life. For those who prize aspects of real life in their movies the new film by Abderrrahmane Sissako Waiting for Happiness is a marvel of poetic realism. The Paris-based Mauritanian director paints a delicate portrait of a North African port city where waiting to leave is the most common activity for those who arrive with the dream of going to Europe. The director shares his vision with CANAPE.
Some girls have all the luck. And the Comtesse de Boigne was one of them. Born Adele d'Osmond in 1781, she lived until 1866. In those turbulent years, European regimes rose and fell almost as frequently as Marie Antoinette changed gowns. The Comtesse saw it all and recorded it all in her witty memoirs, long considered a major historical source by European admirers. The distinguished historian Anka Muhlstein, winner of the Goncourt Prize for her biography of Adolphe de Custine, now offers us a new English language edition of the memoirs. She tells CANAPE about the relevance of a turbulent past to our turbulent present.